The range of security options available today is practically limitless
False alarms are an issue that's of great concern to both police and the security industry. Industry experts believe that if the alarm system is properly installed and maintained, the incidence of false alarms should be "virtually non-existent."
Pick a Safety Deposit Box
While safety deposit boxes are a good idea for storing documents and valuables you don't need to access on a regular basis, many people are considering a home safe for storing valuables. There are a few important points to consider when choosing a safe. While some safes offer both fire and burglary protection, if you're looking to secure your valuables, weight is the key consideration. Look for a safe that weighs at least 500 pounds. It should have a digital lock and be of a commercial quality but be streamlined for the home. For easy day-to-day access, safes are installed in closets; if immediate access is not an issue, they can be installed out of sight in the basement.
Burglary is a crime of opportunity. Make that opportunity as non-existent as possible, without making yourself crazy, says Heinrichs. "You have to have your own comfort level," he points out. "It can happen, but it's like winning the bad lottery." Reduce the odds -- and you'll come out a winner in the battle against crime.
When writer Jane Nahirny first moved to the country, she thought she'd be immune to break-ins. But when a friend's home was burglarized, she realized that crime can happen anywhere, even in a rural setting. "We've now taken steps to make our property more secure," she says. "It just makes sense to do what you can to reduce the risk of theft."
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