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Home Security for Apartments & Condos

Home security isn’t just for people who own houses. Just because you have a security guard at the entrance to your building, don’t assume your apartment or condominium is entirely secure. Your safety is up to you. It’s a good idea to make sure the apartment and surrounding grounds look secure before you sign a lease (since you’re limited to the kind of improvements you can make yourself).

Here are some home security tips for those who live in apartments or condos:

Have the apartment’s locks changed when you move in. (The maintenance crew can simply swap lock cylinders with a random vacant apartment, a project that is free and takes only a few minutes.) 

Depending on the neighborhood, you may also feel more secure if you have a deadbolt lock. Apartment renters, make sure to get permission first.

Use your peephole, and don’t open the door for strangers. Demand identification from package delivery services, even if they’re in uniform (uniforms can be stolen).

Even if you’re home, don’t leave the door to your apartment unlocked.

Make sure the building’s public areas aren’t threatening, i.e. lights out in the parking lots, laundry room, or hallways.

Get to know your neighbors, and watch for suspicious people on the premises.

Home security alarms are available for apartment and condo dwellers as well; look into portable door/window alarms or a wireless home security system (things that can move with you when it’s time to find a new home).

Don’t leave your windows open, and make sure they all have secure locking mechanisms.

Likewise, don’t leave a sliding glass balcony door open, even on upper floors. (Balconies can make a handy ladder for burglars to climb to upper stories.) These kind of doors should have not only a lock but a Charley bar (or at least a wood board in the runners to keep the door from being forced).

Just use your last name, or if necessary last name and first initial, on your door or mailbox. This keeps strangers from knowing your gender or how many people live in your apartment.

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How to Install a Wireless Home Security System

Wireless home security systems do not typically require professional installation. In this capacity, they are simpler than traditional home security systems that can require complicated wiring by professionals. With the tools lying around your house, you can probably install your new alarm system by yourself.

This short guide is meant to be general information that may help you decide whether or not a wireless home security system is for you. When you actually buy an alarm system, you’ll want to pay close attention to the directions that come with it to insure proper installation.

Wireless Home Security System Installation

Part 1: Planning

The first thing you’re going to want to do is figure out where you want to put the control panel. Typically, it’s easiest for everybody to place it by the door you use most frequently. You also need it to be near an electrical outlet (don’t choose one that’s switch-controlled). Don’t pick a space where it’s easily viewed from the door or windows (you don’t want would-be burglars to be able to scope out your system ahead of time).

Next, figure out where the best place is to put your security and fire sensors. Also choose a location for the inside alarm siren. Don’t put it in an obvious location (where the burglar could find and destroy it quickly), but don’t put it somewhere where the sound will be muffled wither (i.e. closet, in upholstery).

Part 2: Control Panel Installation

Position the control panel at the height where it’s easy to access the keypad and read the display. Despite the name “wireless home security system” there will indeed by a wire involved in connecting the control panel to the outlet. To avoid tampering, you should run this wire through the wall (drill holes behind the control panel and below the outlet, then connect the two). Most systems will come with a backup battery in case the plug is unplugged or the power goes out.

Installation could be a little more complicated if you are installing a monitored home security system. This will involve also connecting a phone line. Depending on your experience, you may need to have the alarm company technician help you with this stage. Consult the instructions that come with the system to complete installation of the control panel.

Part 3: Siren Installation and Programming

Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for directions on programming the dials on the siren. Typically, you can use a small screwdriver to set the house code. As with the control panel, you’ll want to plug the siren into an electrical outlet that isn’t switch-controlled.

Part 4: Control Panel Programming

You’ll use the control panel’s keypad to program the features of the alarm system. Some systems will come with worksheets to help you prepare and program the control panel. This will make things smoother.

Part 5: Sensor Installation

At this point, it’s time to install the alarm system’s sensors. You will have door and window sensors to install. Each will probably consist of a magnet and a transmitter. The transmitter gets attached to the edge of the window frame or door while the magnet should be attached to the window/door.

Some systems come with PIRS (Passive Infrared Motion Sensors), smoke detectors, broken-glass sensors, and other features. While these features are not typically difficult to install (a few screws, some plastic sheetrock anchors), it is important to place them carefully in order to achieve the best results. Therefore, you should read the instructions that come with the alarm system carefully.

Part 6: Test It

The last step is to test your newly installed wireless home security system. Your control panel should come with a “test” mode. Make sure to test all of the sensors and all of the functions of the security system. If everything works, you’re done. You’ll want to test your system once a month or so to make sure everything is in working order.

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How Home Security Systems/Burglar Alarms Work

Home security systems, burglar alarms, security alarms, there are many different names for systems that are basically designed to protect your home and your family. Although all burglar alarms serve the same basic function, there is a lot of variety out there, and it is a good idea to decide what sort of home security system is best for you before you go out with credit card in hand.

How Home Security Systems/Burglar Alarms Work

All alarm systems have triggers. The two main types of burglar alarms are ones that are tripped when someone breaks an electrical circuit, and alarms that are tripped when motion is detected.

Electric Circuit Burglar Alarms

Alarms that use electrical circuits are the simplest types of alarm systems. They are usually used to guard the perimeter of the house, possible entryways a burglar might use to enter your home. These kind of home security systems can be divided into two types: closed-circuit systems and open-circuit systems.

With closed-circuit systems, the electric circuit remains closed as long as the door is shut. If someone opens the door, the circuit is interrupted, and the alarm is triggered. An open-circuit system is just the opposite; when someone opens the door, the circuit is completed, electricity flows, and the alarm is triggered.

Motion Detectors

Motion detectors are the other main types of home security systems. They are useful for detecting burglars who are already in the house. Motion detectors work by sending out radio energy and monitoring the reflection pattern. If the reflection pattern is disturbed, for example by somebody walking into the room, the alarm is triggered and a signal is sent to the control box.

Motion detectors and open- or closed-circuit alarms can be combined to create a comprehensive home security system.

Categories of Home Security Alarm Systems

Single Premises Alarms

These cheap alarm systems have a single purpose: to warn your family about a specific type of danger. They can include CO detectors, smoke detectors, or battery-operated door wedge alarms.

Local Alarm Systems

When somebody triggers a local alarm system, a siren sounds, warning the house’s occupants (and neighbors) of intruders. These kind of alarm systems don’t do anything besides activate a siren, however, so if nobody is around to respond to the noise, they may not be that effective. However, the noise alone is often enough to scare away would-be burglars.

Telephone Dialer Systems

The next step up from local alarm systems are telephone dialer systems. These types of alarms dial preprogrammed numbers if the alarm is tripped. From there, the security service is contacted which in turn contacts local police or fire departments and the homeowners. This is all automated. Typically, telephone dialer systems will call up to four numbers and play a prerecorded request for assistance message.

Continually Monitored Security Systems

The most effective (and most expensive) type of burglar alarms are continually monitored security systems. With these types of alarms, tripping the alarm alerts your security monitoring company. Real people in turn call the police/fire department. Some companies will send a security officer to your home to check in on things.

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Top Reasons Why You Should Buy A Security Camera System

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve been thinking about buying a video surveillance system (also known as CCTV). Here are some reasons why it may be a good time to buy that video security camera system.

1. Cheap Security Cameras and CCTV DVRs – Video surveillance technology is constantly changing with new products constantly emerging. Manufacturing of CCTV cameras has become very widespread with many factories competing for business. The CCD sensor (the eye of the security camera) is a big part of the cost to manufacture a security camera, and over the years the price of the sensors has been greatly reduced. This means that the conventional analog security cameras are way down in price and there are many good security cameras available for $100 or less. For the small business owner or home owner this means that good quality video surveillance systems are within budget. Also, prices for CCTV digital video recorders (DVR) have been reduced greatly over the years increasing the affordability of these units.

2. Video Surveillance Provides Evidence – Budget cutbacks to police departments everywhere, mean reduced resources to respond to and investigate crimes. What this means for the homeowner or small business owner is greater emphasis on the use of security cameras to assist police. For example, if you report a break-in at your store but you don’t have any video surveillance to show to the police, they may be less likely to follow up with an investigation because of cuts to the budget. Security camera footage can provide that critical piece of evidence that will encourage the police to put resources into an investigation. Most police departments will be appreciative of the fact that you took the time and money to install a security camera system, and they’ll be more likely to investigate if there is good video surveillance footage to help them solve the crime.

3. CCTV = Neighborhood Watch Program on Steroids – Do you have a neighborhood crime watch program where you live? If so, video surveillance systems can help greatly in monitoring suspicious activity and criminal activity. Having one or two houses on the street equipped with CCTV camera systems can greatly enhance the effectiviness of a neighborhood block watch. Security camera systems can monitor an area 24 hours a day and record what goes during the day and night. The video surveillance footage can also be quickly scanned (since the video is digital) to search for activity. This provides an excellent intelligence gathering tool that can help your neighborhood watch program and assist the police department in the deployment of patrols for maximum effectiveness.

4. Watch Security Cameras on the Internet or Smartphones

How would you like to be able to watch your house or business from just about anywhere in the world? Many security cameras system DVRs come with client/server software that allow remote viewing of security cameras over the internet (IP remote viewing). There are even cameras that can be viewed remotely with the use of smartphone apps such as iCam which can be downloaded to the iPhone that allow security cameras to be viewed anywhere you have access to video networks on your phone! As high speed data transmission networks become more developed these types of applications will become more commonplace. When buying a security camera system, ask your dealer about the remote viewing capabilities of the system and what the requirements are for optimum performance. There are some companies that will install security cameras and provide remote viewing over a network for a small monthly fee.

5. Loss Prevention – It’s a simple concept, for business owners a security camera system can reduce the chances of theft, and provide evidence to prosecute crimes. CCTV video can help reduce or prevent losses to a business.

6. Peace of Mind – Although it can sometimes be shocking to view crimes caught on video surveillance, security cameras can provide peace of mind by allowing you to monitor events in real time, gather evidence for prosecution of crime, prevent loss, and provide an intelligence gathering tool about what’s really going on when you’re not watching.

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