Home Security-Cheaper Alternatives To Monitored Home Security Systems
We have been writing about home security and home security products for the last decade. In that time we have seen a level of sophistication increase and prices decrease for home security products. That is part of the reason why they are so popular-they are effective and not all that expensive. They are the best way to improve your home security and help prevent home burglary which continues to be the major threat to homeowners nationwide.
Monitored home security systems are one of the most popular ways that homeowners use to improve the security of their home. But as we have discussed before, a monitored home security system is very expensive, costing thousands of dollars over a three-year lifespan and not all that effective. There are cheaper and better ways to protect your home.
In this article we will discuss some of the best ways you can improve your home security to help prevent burglary without spending a whole lot of money and discuss cheaper alternatives to expensive monitored home security systems.
We always recommend that you do the free things first to improve your home security.
- Those would include:
- Locking all your doors and windows-over 60% of all home burglaries happen through unlocked doors and windows.
- Removing shrubbery around lower-level doors and windows that could provide hiding places for burglars.
- Getting involved in your local neighborhood watch program. It is free and is one of the most effective home security tools available to homeowners.
Consider getting some inexpensive home security products such as fake security cameras, window alarms and motion alarms.
One of the newest and best motion alarms is this Intelligent Video Alarm that sounds a 120 dB alarm when motion is detected. The DVR inside the product records both audio and video. The camera has a 110 degree lens and can record video at night up to 32 feet away. At $119.95 it is a bargain.
One of the most effective motion alarms to prevent burglary and improve your home security is the $79.95 Electronic Watchdog a.k.a., the barking dog alarm because once it’s activated when motion is detected in the protected area the sound of a vicious barking dog starts. Police tell us that the sound of barking dog is the number one deterrent to home burglary.
Before you spend thousands of dollars on a monitored home security system, do the things that are available to you at no cost. Then consider getting some inexpensive motion alarms, window alarms or fake security cameras to improve your home security. Why waste thousands of dollars when you can do much of it yourself with a little help from some home security products.