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The old familiar term "security blanket" was and is relevant to most children. During those nights when maybe against our parents wishes we saw a scary movie and then couldn't fall asleep so we would turn to the famous security blanket to give us some level of comfort. Somehow we thought that if we would just hide under this thing we would be safe from anything including monsters. The truth was though that we were in fact not safe from anything because a blanket couldn't keep anyone from harm. The old security blanket was ultimately offering us a false sense of security.
The reality of having a False Sense of Security
I use that analogy because most families in America who have a home security system are doing exactly the same thing. They own a security system but they have a false sense of security because the system they have is not capable of keeping an intruder out. Sure they have a monitored
alarm system with possibly some form of sensors detecting intrusion but when you dig a little deeper you will find that their home security system is not providing protection at all. And that translates to a complete false sense of security. You think you are completely protected when in fact someone could walk right into your home at night without any one knowing it and that is truly scary, Maybe that is you today. Maybe you are one of the many that think they are protected when in fact they are not. Well the remainder of this article is designed to put your home security system to the test and determine if you have a false sense of security. The following is a list of questions regarding how well protected you really are.
Do all your doors and windows have magnetic contacts?
If your security system does not have magnetic contacts on all doors and windows then you have a false sense of security. Many alarm companies out there will have you to believe that you only need to put sensors on your home's doors. This leaves you wide open for an intruder to come in a window undetected. Just imagine arming your system at night and assuming you are protected but anyone can come in a window without your alarm sounding. Do not fall for the line that most break ins occur through doors. Even if statistically this is true, you don't want to leave all your windows unprotected. Many alarm companies will tell you not to worry because if an intruder does happen to break in that he will eventually walk in front of a motion sensor and eventually set off the alarm. That advice is irrational because of the simple fact that motion sensors are generally not armed while you are home. The first step to ensuring you don't have a false sense of security is making sure all your doors and windows have magnetic contacts.
Do you have glass break protection?
One of the most looked over questions when purchasing a home security system is, does my system protect against glass breaking? And the reason most customers don't ask this question is because they simply assume that there glass is protected. This assumption comes from the customer assuming that because there are sensors on all doors and windows then they must serve the purpose of detecting glass breaking. This of course is obviously not true. Contacts on doors and windows simply protect against anyone opening the door or window but not against anyone breaking the glass on a door or window. If you do not have glass break protection in your home then you have a false sense of security. Imagine once again that an intruder can break the glass on a sliding door without actually opening the door and walk right in to your home undetected. This goes for windows as well. Glass break sensors are a critical part of your home security system. While motion sensors are turned off at night when you arm your system to go to bed, glass break sensors remain armed. So if anyone at anytime breaks the glass on a door or window, your alarm system will instantly trigger.
Do you have a cellular back up communicator?
Another major area to look for when determining what the proper protection for your home should be is does your
home security system have a cellular back up radio? There are several ways your alarm system can communicate to the monitoring station. The most common way is utilizing your existing home phone line. Whenever your system is armed and is triggered it will pick up dial tone from your home phone line and actually dial an 800 number at the central station. The system then proceeds to send information to the central station via the phone line letting them know of the alarm condition at your home. This system has been in place for many years and is still a very effective way of transmitting alarm signals to the alarm monitoring station. However, the problem arises when the question is asked as to what happens if someone cuts my phone line? This again is an area that most security consultants shy away from. The home owner once again assumes that they are fully protected even if someone cuts there phone lines. And this is a very realistic scenario because phone line due to the fact that phone lines are accessible to anyone on the outside of your home. In fact you don't even need a ladder or any tools to get to them. The phone company places this equipment at ground level and makes them accessible to anyone. If you do not have a cellular back up communicator the you again have a false sense of security. What good does it do you to have your alarm system sound off in the middle of the day when no one is home if a burglar attempts to break in but the central station never gets notified. That does you no good. Having a cellular back up communicator ensures that in the event the alarm system goes off, the central monitoring station will receive a notification under any circumstance.
True peace of mind anytime
If you have all of the above items covered on your home security system you will then have true peace of mind. There are a number of other alarm devices that are very advisable to have on your home security system but the above mentioned items are a must. There is nothing worse than having a false sense of security that if an actual burglary took place you would be left unprotected. Our security system specialists are qualified to put together a plan that will ensure you will have true peace of mind and not a false sense of security. With more than thirty years of industry experience we can design a system that fits your budget while still covering all the areas mentioned. Don't settle for alarm companies out there who want to sell you on the idea that protecting 3 doors and installing 1 motion sensor is complete protection. It simply is not. Call us today at (786)325-7867 and set up an appointment to have one of our security system specialists visit your home. Or you can visit our website at
www.miamifloridahomesecurity.com to get more information.
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