How Security Lighting Can Help Keep Your Family Safe

How Security Lighting Can Help Keep Your Family Safe

The cover of darkness serves as a security blanket for many thieves. Night gives the illusion of security and safety, the ability to move undetected no matter the intention. This is why one of the key things you can do to keep your family and your belongings safe is install security lighting.

Outdoor security lights offer a simple, yet effective way to protect your home by literally shining a light on the problem. And with the recent proliferation of solar, LED and motion-sensor security lighting options, you don’t have to rack up a high electric bill to feel secure.

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Here are three of the most common forms of outdoor security lighting and what makes them a standout option for you.

   1.  Outdoor Motion Sensor Lighting

Lighting that is triggered by motion offers you a great chance to startle a burglar – if you’ve ever gotten caught in a motion-sensor floodlight, you’ve probably experienced that “deer in headlights” feeling. They also help to reduce electric bills by only triggering when motion is present. One of the drawbacks to motion sensor security lighting is that the direction and position of the lights must be fairly precise in order for them to do the most good.

Also, if you live in a rural area where critters abound, you might find your yard or driveway flooded with white light for no reason. The same is true if you live in an urban area where foot or auto traffic could trip the sensor unintentionally.

    2.  Solar Security Lighting

Using solar-powered security lighting is a terrific alternative for environmentally conscientious consumers. Charged solar cells greatly reduce your reliance on electricity and make it a cheaper security alternative. Of course, solar-powered lights come with their own challenges, including sensitivity to inclement weather that can prevent energy production. Even dust can have a detrimental impact, so do your research on your area and its weather conditions before investing in this lighting.

     3. LED Security Lighting

LED bulbs are also a great environmentally-friendly alternative. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs are measured in lumens, not watts. Watts are the unit of measure that draw upon electricity and determine how much energy it takes to power your desk lamp or outdoor lighting. In general, watts can draw up to 5 times more energy than the equivalent amount of lumens. LED lights are also brighter in general than typical light bulbs and generate less heat.

If you’re looking for the lighting you need to secure your home and keep your family safe, check out the Home Security Superstore’s full line of security lighting. Our motion sensor and LED lighting options work for any budget. You can also choose from a wide selection of lights with security cameras if you want to add an extra layer of protection.

How do most home invasions occur? Securing your points of entry.

How do most home invasions occur? Securing your points of entry.

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Home invasions are a scary proposition. As we have discussed before in our post Home Security Tips Revisited, there are steps that homeowners and renters can take to keep themselves and their property safe, as well as working in tandem with organizations such as Crime Stoppers and neighborhood watches.

While there are more than 2.2 million burglaries in the United States every year, the FBI estimates that up to 90 percent of all home burglaries could be prevented by just making a few adjustments. Here are four high-profile areas to focus your security efforts on:

1. Doors and windows

It’s possible you live in a neighborhood where people leave their doors unlocked, but most of those idyllic settings disappeared sometime in the 1950s. Make sure your door is sturdy. Many burglars don’t use finesse when breaking in, they simply use brute force. A hollow or non-reinforced door will make it easier for someone to gain access.

Technology has allowed homeowners to become more sophisticated in their protection efforts, including the mass-market availability of keyless locks. One benefit of these locks is the ability to program and delete access codes as needed. This makes it a great option for someone who might need to gain temporary access to a construction worker or cleaning worker.

2. Front door

Not everyone who approaches your front stoop and rings your doorbell is there for a good reason. In fact, there is a long-standing tactic used by would-be burglars of ringing the doorbell in order to determine if anyone is home, or even just to gain easy access by having the homeowner open the door him or herself.

There are a few different things you can do to discourage this: put a motion sensor light by your door, use a peephole, ask for identification, install doorbell cameras. These cameras work in two distinct ways:

  • They allow you to see exactly who is at your door and make a determination whether to answer or not.
  • Record the person at your door on camera so that it can be provided to the authorities in the case that person is there for nefarious purposes.

3. Backyard

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, make sure it is secured via gates that lock or privacy fences that discourage climbing. A backyard is normally a secluded location that gives burglars a way to get into a house without being detected. A motion-activated floodlight is also a great diversionary tool as it might spook a wannabe burglar when it’s activated.

4. Garage

Garage door openers, like TVs, come with remotes with default pass codes that need to be reprogrammed. Unfortunately, too many homeowners don’t change these default settings making it an easy way for people to gain unauthorized access. This is especially true if you tend to use your garage as a primary entry or access point. Be sure to change the passcode – and not to 123 either.

We carry a variety of options in all of these different categories to make you and your home more secure. Please join in the conversation below and share your tips and tricks for keeping you and your home safe!

6 Ways To Secure Your Home Before Going On Vacation

6 Ways To Secure Your Home Before Going On Vacation

Summer vacation is a right-of-passage for the American family.

Statistics say up to 55% of Americans plan to take a summer vacay, and most will drive (or even fly!) hours from home.

While that means rest and relaxation for them, it can also mean open season for burglars.

I’m going to show you six easy steps that you can follow to protect your home before you leave on vacation.  I bet you’ll even enjoy your vacation more knowing things are safe and sound back home.

1. Get an Alarm

An overwhelming majority of criminals say they “intentionally avoid” breaking into homes with alarms. Whether or not you have a wired whole-home alarm system, a wireless alarm system, or even just a few security cameras on the outside of your house giving the appearance of being watched, you’re instantly lessening the likelihood your home will be broken into. Don’t want to spring for an alarm system? Get a set of security alarm stickers to trick dumb criminals into staying away.

2. Use Light Timers

The idea is several decades old, but light timers really do work. Most criminals avoid breaking into a property they think is occupied because they just want stuff, not confrontation. Installing an easy-to-use light timer gives the impression you’re home and moving around the house very inexpensively.

3. Add More Locks

About 30% of all burglaries are committed when a criminal enters through an unlocked door or window! Before you leave on vacation, check every entry-point into your home to be sure everything’s locked, and if you have hollow exterior doors (easy to kick in), add additional locks to ensure they’re as fortified as you imagine them to be.

4. Consider a Home Safe

The cost of the average U.S. burglary is over $2,000. Most of that cost incurred is through jewelry, electronics, and usable credit cards or checks – all things that are small enough to be locked up tight. If you have space, installing a home safe in a closet or storage space is a smart investment. Not only can they protect your belongings from burglary, fireproof safes might actually save your valuables in the event of a house fire.

5. Enlist Some Help

Trusted neighbors? Tell them the dates you’ll be away and enlist their help in watching your home. Have them pick up mail and newspapers – sure signs you’re not home – and water plants so they won’t die. It’s smart to hide a key for them in case of emergencies or even to give them the electronic code to your door lock in the event they need to get inside.

6. Get Creative

You might be shocked to know that over 65% of burglaries happen during daylight hours. In summer, especially, bored, out-of-school youths looking for ‘crimes of opportunity’ are especially prone to break in if they see their chance. Easy to use home security gadgets like door stop jams, motion-contact alarms, and even a barking-dog simulator are often enough to stop a burglary as its beginning.

Headed away on vacation? Check out some home defense gadgets and tools before you leave.

Comprehensive Home Security Tips

Comprehensive Home Security Tips

On September 28, 2015 the FBI released the 2014 edition of its annual report on Crime In The United States “There were an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes (burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts) reported by law enforcement. Financial losses suffered by victims of these crimes were calculated at approximately $14.3 billion.”

We want to point out that even though this represents a 4.3% decrease from the previous year’s number of property crimes, it still means that burglary is the number one crime in the United States.

Why has it decreased? We give credit to the neighborhood watch program and the increasing use of home surveillance/security cameras. They have become increasingly inexpensive making them affordable to homeowners.

Our years of research on this topic and law enforcement personnel will confirm that one of the reasons burglary is so popular is because homeowners make it so. It is a proven fact that over 30% of all home burglaries happen through unlocked doors and windows.

In today’s article we are going to give you some of the best home security tips you can get.

  • We start with the basics of removing potential hiding places near lower-level doors and windows. Most burglaries are committed during the day, so a hiding place near a lower-level door or window-the entry point on the house-is very beneficial to a burglar. Don’t forget the garage door. An open garage door may often lead to a free entry into the house.
  • Don’t overlook trees that are close to a second story window. It is not unheard of for a burglar to climb a tree to get into an open second-story window.
  • If your neighborhood does not already have a watch program going on, it is easy enough to start. Contact your local Police Department and they can help you get one going. The National Neighborhood Watch website is also a great resource for information and tips for homeowners on ways to prevent burglary in your area.
  • If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, don’t make a big mistake of announcing that on social media. Give your home the lived in look by having someone cut your grass, avoid newspapers piling up and get a timer that will turn your lights on at dusk.
  • The three biggest enemies of the burglar are time, lights and noise. The longer it takes for burglar to get into your house the more likely he is to give up, so slow him down. The bad guys don’t like lights because they cast shadows at night giving away their presence. And finally, they don’t like noise-mostly because it scares them and it may alert neighbors to trouble in the house.
  • A key part of slowing the bad guys down in preventing them from getting into your house is to have a solid core door with deadbolts and tempered glass in the windows. The overwhelming majority of burglar break-ins is through the front door or through windows near the front door.
  • If you don’t already have a peep hole in your front door, it is easy enough to get one. It is a critical way of preventing home invasion. Never, ever let someone into your house you do not know.
  • Install inexpensive window/door alarms. The noise they make on illegal entry is frequently enough to scare most burglars away. We have a great selection of loud alarms at inexpensive prices that will slow down or stop most attempted burglaries.
  • Sometimes installing signs on front windows or in your yard warning of guard dog or home security system is enough to deter a burglar.
  • A no-brainer is to keep all your doors and windows locked even if you are at home.
  • A do it yourself security system is inexpensive and very effective.
  • The sound of a barking dog is the primary way of scaring burglars away from your house. Don’t forget to post a sign in your front yard of a vicious guard dog. Our Barking Dog Alarm is effective up to 15 feet away and makes the sound of a barking dog on a motion activated basis.
  • Nothing intrigues a burglar more than seeing cars and possessions in a driveway for “easy pickens.” Keep them in a locked garage.
  • Have a few self-defense products such as pepper spray or stun guns located around the house, just in case of a home invasion. You don’t want to be defenseless in a situation like that.
  • Use common sense. Don’t leave packages on your front porch. They make tempting targets for the bad guys.
  • The old idea of hiding a key under the front door mat just doesn’t work anymore. Everybody knows that trick, especially burglars.
  • You can hide small valuables inside one of our diversion safes. Burglars only spend an average of 10 minutes inside a house looking for things to steal and then pawn for quick cash. They cannot look everywhere which is why diversion safes are so effective.
  • Remember when it comes to burglars “MI CASA ES NON SU CASA.”

The vast majority of burglars are first or second time offenders, so these simple tips will usually work at preventing them from stealing anything or getting into your house.

What other tips can you share with our readers? Don’t be shy, chime in with your thoughts.

Home Security Holiday Gift Suggestions

Home Security Holiday Gift Suggestions

This story is the second of three in a series of holiday gift suggestions. Last month we made suggestions for hidden cameras; this month we are suggesting home security products. These products are very utilitarian and are designed to protect your valuables inside your home and your home too.

The first suggestion is this brand-new Shelf Hidden Safe that comes in walnut as well as black and unfinished. It utilizes RFID technology to protect the valuables you put inside this 23.5″ x 3″ x 7.5″ compartment. It is easy to install with two installation screws. It uses four AA batteries that are included along with four RFID keys, one of which is a key fob.

Next to cash and jewelry, handguns are the top target for burglars. It makes perfect sense to protect your handguns with this Gun Globe Safe that can hide up to 3 handguns on adjustable vinyl-coated rods. The globe itself is made out of a dark cherry finish and has room inside for magazines and other valuables with an inside diameter of 12 inches. It is an elegant accessory for your home or office and makes a perfect place to hide your handguns.

Identity theft continues to be one of the biggest crimes committed by burglars. One of the main ways that they get your identity is right in your mail box. This Mail Boss® Locking Security Mailbox secures your mail and provides superior identity theft protection. It is a large capacity curbside mailbox made out of 12 and 14 gauge electrogalvanized welded steel. It uses patented anti-pry locking mechanism to prevent forced entry. The stainless steel hinges enable smooth movement and ease of use. It has a vandal resistant flag and includes three keys and reflective house numbers. It uses a commercial grade 12 wafer lock for securing the access door.

Barking Dog

If a burglar hears a dog barking in your house he will more than likely pass on your home because they hate dogs. Our Barking Dog Alarm “the bark without the bite” as we have called it and provides 24-hour protection. When it senses movement through walls, doors or glass the sound of an angry barking dog starts. The barking gets louder and more frequent as an intruder gets closer. The motion detection range can be as much as 15 feet. A remote control keychain allows you to arm and disarm the alarm from a distance. It is one of the most popular and effective motion detection alarms available.

And finally this 4 Wireless Cameras w/ USB Receiver security camera system that uses 2.4 GHz transmission. It enables you to stream video remotely. The cameras have a range of approximately 300 feet. They are weatherproof so they can be used indoors or outdoors and have infrared capability that allow you to capture video in total darkness. When motion is detected, an email alert is sent to you for added security.

Don’t give dad a tie for Christmas! Give him something that will help him keep the family safe and sound! Chime in with your thoughts on this post!

Smile, You’re On Security Camera!

Smile, You’re On Security Camera!

Every time I see a story about security/surveillance cameras capturing the images of burglars either in a home setting or at a business I really wonder about the brainpower of the burglars. Don’t they know they’re going to get caught? Well, maybe not! That’s why they are burglars-they’re not all that sharp.

In a story we did for our blog not too long ago about “The Top Five Things Burglars Don’t Want You To Do” we mentioned that the “second thing on the list are cameras. Burglars don’t want you to have security cameras around your home. Law enforcement officials will tell you that if you have video footage of a burglar breaking into your house, they have a much better chance of catching him and a much better chance of getting any property that was stolen returned.”

In our story today, we will provide you with more evidence that security cameras are a powerful weapon against burglary. Police can’t be everywhere so homeowners especially must take things into their own hands when it comes to protecting their house. Security cameras provide an effective, relatively inexpensive way to do that.

In our first example from the Irving and Plano, Texas area, authorities are on the alert for the possible return to the area of a Colombian burglary ring. It is unclear whether the burglaries which were captured on home surveillance cameras, are related to a Colombian organized crime ring based out of Houston that targets people of Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern descent due to their propensity to have high quality heirloom jewelry.

The incidents in Plano and Irving recently have had similarities that lead police to believe that they are being committed by the same group of burglars. Homeowners in both incidents were of Indian descent.

One of the problems as noted by the police chief was that people don’t always report incidents to the police right away. That is a serious mistake. If police don’t know about it, they can’t do anything about it.

In another incident that was unrelated, video from the L&B Pit Stop showed two men break through the glass door and run behind the counter. Police say the C-Store Video showed that the men more than likely had been in the store before to see where the security cameras were. Police said that the owners of the store have a security system, they have video and there’s not much else they can do. Now it’s up to the police to do their part and bring justice to the owners and arrest these two people. The two apparently stole cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets totaling about $800.

In another story from Albuquerque a 73-year-old grandmother has been burglarized four times in the last year, but this time the thief was caught on camera. After the last break-in she installed surveillance cameras so she wouldn’t be a repeat victim. Hopefully this will be the last time. They stole some jewelry and her television.

In the Chicago area, criminals broke into a Lakeview hair salon as part of a string of business burglaries that has the business community on edge. An ATM machine as well as other items were stolen from the hair salon. Chicago police released a couple of community alerts about burglaries which all happened in the early morning hours between one and 4 AM.

The ABC affiliate in Houston, Texas did a story about a burglar who cut power to the house that he was about to burglarize button before he was caught on security camera. The homeowner’s security camera captured clear images of the suspect before he turned off the power and cut the wires to the security alarm.

According to Houston police authorities the two burglar got away with jewelry, watches, a gaming system and other expensive items worth thousands of dollars.

The homeowner said one of the items that was stolen holds significant sentimental value and cannot be replaced. Police are checking pawn shops in the area to see if they find it.

Law enforcement authorities tell us that if they have an image from a security/surveillance camera of the burglar that chances improve by over 50% of the bad guy getting caught and you getting any stolen property back.

Our four channel system uses four CMOS color cameras that can be used indoors or outdoors and may be the perfect way to protect a small business or your home from burglary. The cameras have night vision infrared LEDs that can record up to 30 feet away in darkness. Audio can be record up to 30 feet away with a built-in microphone. The 7 inch LCD monitor has a built-in SD digital video recorder.

The four cameras is more than enough to cover any normal medium size house or business.

Tell us what secrets you have when it comes to your home security. Do you have security cameras around your home? How effective are they? Do you agree with us that it is almost imperative that homeowners have security cameras anymore? Join the conversation!

Hey Burglars, Gotcha on Camera!

Hey Burglars, Gotcha on Camera!

There are lots of things in this world that I do not understand. Here are two of them. First is why homeowners, who have close to $250,000, on average, invested in their home and another $50-$60,000 or so invested in furnishings, don’t take any precautions to protect that investment from burglars. Depending on which city you live in your home may be burglarized once every six years on average. Burglary continues to be the biggest threat to homeowners wherever you live.

The second thing I don’t understand is why burglars, when they see security surveillance cameras around a home, continue to burglarize the place. Law enforcement officials tell us from experience that if they have a picture of a burglar, the chances are increased by 50% of catching him and of possibly retrieving stolen property. Maybe readers can chime in and help explain that to me.

In San Antonio, Texas an Event Planning Business had an attempted burglary recently where two people were caught on surveillance cameras damaging an exterior camera and stealing another. The owner of the business said he’s never had a break-in before. One of the five cameras that he had captured a clear image of the man as he attempted to knock the camera down. Nothing inside the storefront was compromised. Police know exactly who they’re looking for-it’s just a matter of time before they find him.

In New Orleans, Louisiana recently a Cab Burglar managed to steal a laptop, tablet and GPS from a parked cab on a local street. The cab’s motion detecting surveillance camera snapped the suspect’s picture as he got into the vehicle. Police are looking for him.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico this story and video from KOAT TV shows three men breaking into a home and stealing all of the electronics except for surveillance cameras. It took them nine minutes from start to finish.

In Orangeburg, South Carolina police are releasing pictures taken from surveillance cameras inside a thrift store where four TVs were stolen. Surveillance footage caught the suspects taking the TVs. The video footage also shows the suspects driving a light colored four-door SUV.

In Jenks, Oklahoma three men cut a hole in the security gate of the city maintenance facility.The burglars were surprised to find that many of the vehicles inside the facility were unlocked and some of them had keys in them. The burglars got away with two trucks, two lawnmowers and a bobcat. City officials with egg on their face, report that the burglary is under investigation.

Almost every business in the country, big or small, has security cameras located inside the business and most frequently outside the business. Insurance companies are demanding that as part of their coverage.

It seems to me that it is a no-brainer that homeowners should have surveillance cameras as well.

2 Wireless Cameras & LCD DVR
2 Wireless Cameras & LCD DVR

This SecurityMan® digital wireless Security Camera System is a do-it-yourself (D.I.Y) 2.4GHz digital wireless recording system with 7″ LCD monitor and built-in SD digital video recorder. It requires no video cables and features a built-in microphone that can record up to 30 feet away. The cameras have infrared LEDs that give it night vision capability to 30 feet away. The CMOS color cameras are weatherproof and can be used indoors or outdoors. They have a range of transmission up to 200 feet between walls or up to close to 500 feet in clear line of sight. Normally when a burglar sees security cameras around a home or business, he takes his dastardly deeds elsewhere.

Any reason not to get security cameras to protect your house?

Is Your Home Worth Protecting?

Is Your Home Worth Protecting?

Ya, ya we know; you’re saying to yourself, what a stupid question. Well folks if it’s so stupid, why are so many homes left unprotected with unlocked or even open doors and windows-eh? Case in point: drive down any residential street and note how many garage doors you can find open or how many windows just in the front of the house are open. Get the idea? That is basically the question we will be exploring in this article.

People in the know, such as law enforcement authorities, say that 90% of all home burglaries are preventable just by using some common sense tactics starting with locking all your doors and windows even when you’re at home.

If you were to look at your home as a burglar would, what would you find?

Would you see any seclusion – privacy so he couldn’t be seen coming or going?

Would you see any signs – signs warning of guard dogs or home security systems?

Would you be able to see into the front living room to see items of interest worth stealing?

Would you see a lot of cover around the front of the house to hide in so neighbors wouldn’t see you?

These are some of the things burglars look for that would act as a deterrent to doing their job.

To be perfectly honest, a burglar does not want to waste his time on a home that he doesn’t think he can get into or on a home that he doesn’t think has items of value. And he doesn’t want to pick a home where he feels the chances of getting caught are higher than he’s comfortable with.

A burglar has three big enemies. The more time it takes a burglar to get into your house, the less likely he is to continue his pursuit of breaking in. The more time it takes him the greater the chance is that he will get caught. And he doesn’t want to get caught.

If he does get in, the second thing that he doesn’t like is noise. If you have a motion activated alarm, when he does get in and it goes off, it will scare him away. So, consider getting one.

The third thing that burglars don’t like and the third enemy of a burglar is light-lights that create shadows which make detection easier.

Your job as a homeowner is to put as many obstacles in the way of a burglar as possible, knowing that a determined burglar, given enough time, can get into any house that he chooses.

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sabre window-door alarm

Burglars don’t like noise, so put a noisy alarm such as this 110 db alarm on your windows and doors. The window alarm noise scares burglars and alerts nearby neighbors that there’s trouble going on in the house.

What did you agree or disagree with about this article? You can’t hurt our feelings! Be part of the conversation!

New Dakota Alert Home Security Products

New Dakota Alert Home Security Products

Dakota Alert® is a leading manufacturer of wireless alert products. They are based in South Dakota. Since 2010 they have been a leader in products to help you keep an eye on outbuildings or someone just coming up your driveway.

Their multiuse radio service (MURS) is one of the most extensive available. These products allow you to communicate and monitor activity over longer distances.

In today’s article we are taking a look at some new Dakota ® products. This will enable you to see if they are suited for your needs.

In our article about Motion Activated Alarms we explain how motion sensors work. There are two basic kinds: active and passive. Active sensors inject energy like microwaves or sound into an environment in order to detect a change of some kind. Passive sensors detect infrared energy that already exists in an environment. Human skin temperature is 93°F and radiates infrared energy with a wavelength between 9 and 10 micrometers which is why the sensors typically range from 8 to 12 micrometers.

The first new product is this Driveway Alarm that can transmit to the receiver as far as 1/2 mile away. The transmitter, which is weatherproof, can operate from -30 to +120° and is capable of monitoring an area 50 feet away. It uses passive infrared (PIR) beams that detect motion of cars, people or large animals. The wireless motion detector is great for a driveway alert, backyard monitor, warehouse alert and much more. The receiver which is located inside the house uses a 12 V DC plug and the transmitter needs one 9 V battery. It uses a variety of four tones to alert you to visitors, deliveries or trespassers.

Dakota Alert IR Motion Sensor Alarm
Dakota Alert PIR Motion Sensor Alarm

This Dakota alert 2500 series wireless PIR Motion Sensor Kit can transmit up to a half mile away even at night. When motion is detected, the infrared sensor transmits a signal to the receiver which ordinarily is located in the house. An optional LED flashes when the signal is sent to the transmitter. It can detect motion up to 40 feet away and has an adjustable detection range. There is also an adjustable motion detection angle from 20 to 100° wide. It works with all other 2500 series add-on transmitters. An optional portable receiver accessory with belt clip is available so you can get alerts on the go. It comes with everything you need including mounting hardware. This unit uses the same technology as all good burglar alarms.

This Wireless Floor Mat Kit enables you to monitor various entrances to your home and brings you peace of mind and confidence in your security. When the mat is stood upon, it triggers a sensor and sends a signal to your receiver. This product enables you to help monitor patients, children, those with special needs or for alerting in home care assistants to help the elderly getting out of bed. It has 16 different melody options and the receiver can be located as far as 1000 feet away from the transmitter.

Share your experience with motion activated alarms. We know you have your own home security secrets – chime in now!

Fortify Your Home With Security Products For Under $700

Fortify Your Home With Security Products For Under $700

See if this doesn’t make sense to you. You have invested nearly $250,000 in your home-that’s the average value of a home these days. You have another $60,000 – $70,000 in furnishings, fixtures and equipment for that home. That brings your total investment to well over $325,000-a lot of money! And what type of security do you have for that investment?

It makes sense, to us at least, to invest another $600 to $700 to fortify your home and furnishings with some home security devices.

Here are our recommendations for home security devices that you can get for less than $700.

You may be asking yourself why you need to spend any money to fortify your home against burglary or home invasion. That is a legitimate question. Well here’s why! In our article about Securing Your Home we quoted statistics from the FBI that showed that one in five homes is subject to burglary on an annual basis.

“The FBI tells us that a home burglary happens every 13 seconds in the United States and is the most common threat to your home.

Over 60% of all burglaries happen during daylight hours when the burglar thinks no one is at home.

77% of all crime was property related.

Police tell us that 90% of all burglaries can be prevented.”

Those burglars steal an average $2,000 worth of property and do another $2,000 or more worth of damage to your home. Those are pretty good reasons, in our estimation, to get some home security devices to prevent home burglary.

Experts agree that the best place to start is with a home security/surveillance package. When burglars see security cameras on the outside of a home they tend to stay away.

Start on the exterior of your home with our $499.99 system. It uses four Security Cameras With No Wires featuring the SecurityMan® digital wireless 4 camera security system that is a 2.4 GHz do-it-yourself digital wireless recording system with a compact 7″ LCD monitor which has a built-in SD digital video recorder.

This system can record up to 30 feet away in complete darkness using the infrared LED cameras. It can also record audio up to 30 feet away with a built-in microphone. It has three display modes which gives you maximum flexibility for the four cameras. The weatherproof CMOS color cameras can be set up indoors or outdoors. They have a transmission range of up to 200 ft between walls and 490 ft in clear line of sight. Four cameras are ordinarily enough to cover most homes but this system has the option of adding four more cameras if necessary. The system is simple to operate and only requires an additional SD card that is available HERE from $9.95.

Smiley Face Warning Sign
Smiley Face Warning Sign
The next home security device we would recommend is inexpensive
Yard Warning Signs that start at $5.95. This is the second step in what we would call a prevention program that starts on the outside of the house sending clear signals to would-be burglars who are looking for potential targets to stay away.

Then for the inside of the house we recommend the six-piece home security set system for $24.95 that includes a motion detector and four window/door alarms-enough to cover the interior of most homes. It also has a sensor and panic button keypad as well as warning sign window stickers. AA batteries are not included. Most burglars-nearly 85% of them-are first or second time offenders and are not used to hearing a loud burglar alarm, which is why they are so effective at scaring them away. A loud alarm can also alert nearby neighbors to trouble.

And last but not least, is the world-famous Electronic Watchdog a.k.a. the barking dog alarm that sells for $79.95. This popular product is able to detect movement through walls, doors and windows to alert you of a stranger’s arrival and can be used indoors in a home, factory, warehouse or anywhere you need real protection with none of the problems of owning a dog. As an intruder approaches, the barking gets louder and more frequent the closer he gets. The motion detection ranges up to 15 feet. A keychain remote is provided to arm or disarm the product. The system allows for great flexibility with a variety of add-on products to expand the capability of this electronic watchdog.

It is a proven fact that burglars do not like dogs and even the sound of a barking dog is enough to scare them away which is why the electronic watchdog is so effective.

So for much less than $700.00-$610.84 to be exact-you can get excellent home security devices to protect your home and the contents from the ravages of burglary and the potential trauma of a home invasion.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the most effective tools for securing your home, the Neighborhood Watch Program that was begun in 1972 with funding in part by the National Sheriffs’ Association, through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. It is a unique partnership between local law enforcement and the civilian community that has proven over time to be highly effective at preventing burglary and other crimes.

The best part is it is free and easy to get started with help from your local police department.

In my piece about Monitored Home Security Systems we concluded that NO it isn’t worth the money to get a monitored home security system when you can get just as effective coverage by doing it yourself and save a pile of money in the process. What is not to like about that?

What steps have you taken to protect your most valuable investment? We want to hear what you have done.