1-Do not allow your security concerns cause you to
over-react to the overall situation, but do make a conscious effort to
cost-effectively harden your home against break-in at the earliest
2-Do the simple, more cost-effective things first, and never
neglect the no-cost things.
3-Choose high strength and properly installed physical
options over the very sophisticated electronic solutions as your first
line of defense, and then decide if you wish the "high end"
electronic solutions as a second choice.
4-Never purchase any security options in a state of high
emotional stress (for example, immediately after you have been hit !)
You are too open to grabbing the first and often the most expensive
solutions offered !! Take the time to calculate and compare the
overall, total cost of electronic security purchases over the longer
term (i.e: total cost = initial installation / purchase price, plus
monthly monitoring times number of months under contract, plus factor
in several service costs at $50 average per visit over the term of the
contract). You will very quickly see the real cost of your choice, as
well as be able to better compare offerings before you purchase !!)
Also factor in the end of lease purchase price if you intend to go
shopping for cheaper monitoring. Remember, an alarm system over a
period of five to ten years will cost thousands of dollars - as much
of an investment in your home as a new furnace or air conditioning
unit would be. So, to repeat, don't be fooled by "free"
offers - buy your system and shop around for the best overall, long
term monitoring costs being especially careful to build in service
and warranty costs in your total cost assessment !!
5-Make sure your insurance coverage is up to date,
including "replacement insurance" so that if you do get
robbed, the expense will be minimized. Talk to your insurance company
regarding the limits of your policy on particularly expensive options
you keep in your home (Many policies have ceilings on payouts on
certain types of articles not covered by additional cost
Remember that the true measure of
real security of your home is the sum of all the individual steps you
have taken to secure it. Security measures are cumulative
in nature. The more things you do, the more secure is your home. It is
also a fact that the best security in the
world can be compromised by forgetting one simple overlooked area
which allows the thief easy access into your home. You
can't really keep out a thief who has decided that he is determined to
enter your home, but this is not the norm, since the average burglar
is looking for a quick and easy way into anyone's home - not just
yours. The bottom line is that if your home is difficult or risky to
enter, the thief will most likely go somewhere else where he can find
basically everything that he can find in your home, but without the
difficulty of getting in and the chance of exposure !!!