The following is a guest editorial by Home Security Family, which provides home security options in configurations that fit the needs of families. We haven't typically agreed to publish guest editorials from companies in the past, but in this case we read what they had to say and agree wholeheartedly with their recommendations. We're strong advocates of home security, and we use video monitoring equipment in our own home.


It can be somewhat easy to take home security for granted. After all, if you keep your doors locked and set an alarm at night you will be fairly safe, and it sometimes seems as if these very basic steps are adequate. However, there is much more that you could be doing to protect your home and family. Specifically, if you look into a home security company like ADT, you will find a range of security system options that can greatly increase the safety of your home environment. For example, here are a few words on some of the most popular home security system elements:

– The house alarm is still the standard of home protection, and should be the vital centerpiece of any home security system. These days, not only can you set up your alarm to alert you and call the authorities in the event of a break-in, but you can also set it up with your cellular network so that you can have remote access to controlling your system.

– Many good home security systems also include motion detectors, which can serve as great second layers of defense in the event that, for some reason, the alarm doesn't do its job. These detectors will alert you if there is any movement in your home when there shouldn't be.

– If you want to keep an eye on your home and yard while you are away, you may want to consider recording camera equipment. This may seem over-the-top, but it can also help you to be aware if there are suspicious people hanging around your house. Often, criminals prowl around houses for awhile before attempting to break in, in order to get better ideas about how to go about getting in. With cameras, you may catch them before they ever truly get started!

– You will also want to take advantage of displaying the fact that you are protected by professionals. If you put up a yard sign or window decals that say “ADT Security” on them, you will make it far less likely that your home be targeted by criminals. A criminal is not looking for a challenge or risky situation, and is likely to just move on to a different house if yours is clearly protected.

– Finally, you will want to think about protection against accidents, as well as crime. For example, if you install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, you immediately make your home a much safer environment. Detecting these harmful substances quickly really can be the difference that saves a life. This is why it is important to remember that home security is about protection from all sorts of dangers.

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