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Five Very Effective Home Security Systems

Jul 21, 2008
One of the worst fears of a homeowner is burglary. Knowing that at anytime a thief can come undetected into the house is unsettling for everyone who owns a home.

Within a few minutes, a thief can barge into an unguarded house, steal stuff, and get away with hundreds or even thousands worth of dollars of money, jewelry, or appliances.

Unfortunately for the homeowner, a burglar can strike when he is not at home or when he is at home but his attention is somewhere else. In extreme cases, the burglary becomes life threatening as the burglar threatens to do bodily harm if he does not get what he wants.

To protect the house, security systems should be installed. These systems can either discourage or thwart unwanted people from coming in.

Here are some of the most effective security systems:

1. A dog: Believe it or not, a dog is the best security system. Its keen hearing and sense of smell can detect a burglar even if he can't be. A dog's bark is so loud and threatening it either scares the burglar or alerts a sleeping owner. If the burglar foolishly enters a house, a dog may attack him, giving him a punishment that he will never forget.

2. Security cameras: A CCTV, or Close Circuit TV camera, allows a homeowner to monitor everything in the vicinity of the camera's location without him being actually there. TV images are transmitted to a set of monitors in his house where he can see what is going on outside in safety. CCTV cameras are very effective in surveillance and will alert the owner to any strange activities going on outside. To be effective, CCTV cameras must be installed in less conspicuous places.

Connected to a recording device, a CCTV can document the any burglary or suspicious happenings in the vicinity. The images in the tape can then be used as evidence in court.

3. Electronic door lock: Instead of a lock and key, an electronic door lock uses an electronic keypad. To open the door, a person has to enter a security code. This makes the house inaccessible to anyone who does not know the code.

4. Wireless alarm system: In the past, tripwires are used to detect movement and intrusion. A wire or cord is attached to some alarm. If the wire is stepped on, it triggers the device. In the military, tripping on the wire triggers an explosive device.

A perfect combination with a security camera, a wireless alarm system is the modern incarnation of this simple yet effective device. The alarm makes use of infrared beams rather than wires. This eliminates the mess and tangles of wires. Furthermore, it is more effective since the beams cannot be seen, making it more passive than ever.

5. Auto dialer: As its name implies auto dialer is a device like a phone that automatically dials a preprogrammed number in case of emergency. It can be used in conjunction with wireless alarms.
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Steve Strong's is an employee with Sun Security a leading supplier of Outdoor Security Cameras , Security Camera Systems and 4 Channel DVR Cards .
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