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Residential Security Guards

These days, homeowners can’t do enough to keep their homes and their families safe. This includes installing a home security system, using the services of a third-party monitoring company and making common sense decisions that will make your house safer. One proactive measure that many people are choosing to implement is the hiring of a residential security guard. This might seem like they are going a bit overboard, but really there is no such thing as overboard if you truly want the make your house as safe as it can be.

If you think you could use a security guard as part of an overall home security system, you should carefully research the prospect of hiring one before you make the leap. Here are several tips to help you make the right choice when hiring a guard for your home.

• Security guards are expensive. Carefully weigh the cost of hiring one with your current budget. You might find that you simply cannot afford one.

• A guard will need to know every aspect of your routine and your home, which means your privacy will be lessened quite a bit.

• You will need to notify anyone who visits that you have a security guard and you will have to make sure your security guard knows everyone who is allowed access to your house. Otherwise, some uncomfortable situations could arise.

• Having a guard could make you less vigilant because you will be relying on him for your security. If you are ever in a situation where he’s not there and you are in danger, you could end up hurt or worse.

• When the time comes for you to part ways with the security guard, he could become a security threat to your family because he knows the vulnerabilities of your home.

• When choosing a guard, make sure you use a reputable agency and not just any old name out of the phone book. Your local home security system company can direct you to companies that are known for their professionalism.

• Personally interview your guard prospects.

• Request your potential security guard’s work history, experience and certifications before you hire him.

• Be sure to lay out exactly what you expect of your security guard before you agree to terms. He needs to know what his job entails and what he is responsible for and you need to make it clear what you are paying him to do.

A home security guard can be a nice addition to any comprehensive home security plan; however, you need to make sure you fully understand what is involved with hiring him before you begin your interviews. You might just decide you can do without one.

The Benefits of Having a Motion for Your Home Security

When it comes to home security, guarding the points of entry to the home is crucial. Windows are a common method for burglars to gain entry. This means that windows should have some form of protection that will prevent burglars from entering. If a home is prewired, sometimes there will be wires that can be used for a glass break. These wires are sometimes naked, but they can also have contact around them, depending on what the builder wanted. If the wires are naked, the alarm installation crew will cover them with contact when installing an alarm system. These wires should run to all of the windows in the house and even to the doors. Of course, not every home is prewired. There are three different methods of protecting windows. If a home is not prewired, the best way to protect it is through a motion detector.

Motion detectors generally provide the best coverage for windows within the home. They offer the greatest amount of coverage and detect windows being broken, cut, or even opened. While a glass break is only set to react to actual breaks in windows, motion detectors do that and more. Glass breaks do not work if the window is opened or cut. Another problem with glass breaks is they are useless if the person is unable to hear the sound of breaking glass.

Contacts on windows can be valuable in protecting a house. Unlike glass breaks, window contacts aid in stopping burglars from simply opening a window and entering the home. However, contacts are useless if a burglar breaks the window. This is why a motion detector is needed. These devices are able to detect movement in or around the house. This means when a window is broken it will be immediately detected. While some burglars are now taping windows so that the glass breaks won’t pick up on a broken windows, and able to get into homes, this trick will not outsmart a motion detector. Even if a burglar gets inside of the home, their movement will still be picked up by the motion detector.

The only problem motion detector users might encounter is when dealing with pets. Pets can set off motion detectors and send false alarms. This can be easily fixed. Most monitoring companies offer sensors that are compatible with pets. These packages can be programmed so as not to go off when anything under fifty pounds is within the monitored range. For especially large pets, the system can often be programmed not to detect anything under one hundred pounds.

While glass breaks and contacts are beneficial in protecting the home, motion detectors are far more thorough. The only time they might not be the best option is when a house is pre-wired and if there are pets. In this case, a glass break would do a good job. However, most of the time, motion detectors do the best job and save you money.

Business and Home Security: Guarding Yourself

If you’re like most people, you probably have a great deal of money invested in either your house or your place of business, possibly both. That’s not taking into consideration the personal danger that could come from a criminal. You need business and home security to protect your belongings and your family from those who would do you harm. But not all systems are created equally. Here are some things to keep in mind as you shop for a system.

There are plenty of business and home security companies out there ready to take your money and provide you with a shoddy product in return. Do some basic research before you commit to buying from anyone. With the prevalence of online shopping, many people make the mistake of going with the lowest prices. This is nearly always a mistake.

There is always someone out there willing to undercut the competition, but at what cost? Make sure the company you’re dealing with has been in business for some time and has a reputation to stand behind what they are selling.

Speaking of reputations, a business and home security system is only as good as the installation. If installed improperly, you will have a nice setup of expensive equipment that isn’t worth a decent dog posted at the entrance. Make sure the company you’ve hired to put your system in knows what they’re doing and isn’t taking every short cut in the book to get the job over with. Bad wiring could lead to a slew of false alarms. These will not only cost you fines from the police department, but eventually the “boy who cried wolf” syndrome will kick in and the authorities won’t take your system seriously when something bad does happen.

How can you tell a good business and home security company from a bad one? There are plenty of easy ways to know at a glance. See what affiliations the company has. A good company will have ties to the community and major clients. You might consider asking the local police department who they recommend. If the company has a presence worth noting, the police will know about them.

Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if they are rated or have any complaints against them. Finally, check some online forums and see what other homeowners and business owners are saying. If you’re going to spend money protecting your valuable investments, you want to know that you’re putting your trust in the right hands.