Feb 08, 2013, 06:37 PMdale_eklund
Home security system tips: starting from scratch
Home projects never end. Push home security to the top of your to-do list. Like any home project, you need to gain basic knowledge on home security system tips, products and prices.
Assessing your needs
You can purchase home security systems from professional companies with loads of experience, or you can take the do-it-yourself route. In either case, first ask yourself why you need one:
Is the home security system for general assurance?
Did you have a break in before, or were there a series of neighborhood break-ins?
Or do you want a way to keep an eye on your family or home when you travel?
Figuring out why you need one helps determine the best system for your home and lifestyle. For example, if you're interested in a home security system because of previous break-ins, then you probably noticed an entry pattern.
Next, assess the interior and exterior of your home.
Don't make mental notes. Instead keep a working list of what you notice as being easy to access entry points, potential problem areas or personal concerns.
For instance, perhaps you're aware of a basement window that an intruder would find attractive. In fact, maybe your home's weakness is an entry you consider entering when you lock yourself out.
You need to really work at your list. You'll more than likely miss something if you try to do it all in one time frame. It's best to break it up and talk to a family member or close neighbor to see what they think. The list will also keep you on track of asking the right questions if you speak to a professional installer or contractor.
The best way to start is to walk through each room, double check the durability of the room, and note problem entries. You'll not only want to pin-point high traffic areas inside and out, but also say entries that are easy to access via a street or say a gap in your back fence.
Take a tour of the exterior both during the day and as the sun is setting. Doing so gives you a new way of viewing your home. Look for dark nooks or areas where you or your neighbors wouldn't notice someone up to no good, like the sides of a garage.
DIY home security tips
Some basic DIY home security tips at this stage include:
Adjust any outdoor lighting that may be dead.
Replace weak doors, which are generally side entries or garage entries.
Fix or replace beat up or old locks, whether window or door. For doors, consider updating your strike plate to one that is more solid.
Now that your list is set, take a look at home security packages from the top security brands. Some top brands include ADT and LifeShield.
A smart way to go about it is to purchase a home security product package or kit, whether through a home security company or a DIY kit from a home department store. Some home kits are basic, others more high-tech. It all depends on your needs and lifestyle.
Regardless, you can always add-on a home security product or part down the road.
In either case, home security service providers can answer any question you have and take care of installation for you.
Original Article: http://www.qualitysmith.com/re...me-security-systems/