How to Choose your Home Security System

The necessity of a great security system cannot be denied or overlooked. Your home and it’s contents need to be protected at all times, but most importantly, so does your family! When choosing a security system that’s going to meet all of your needs and keep you safe, there are a number of great options but  this can be a little overwhelming. Finding the right combination of comfort, style and protection can be tricky, so we’ve explained some of the most common options below to give you an easy starting point.

Find the best security door and screens

Both your back and front doors are going to be the easiest entry points for a burglar to gain access to your home. So ensuring you’ve got the best security doors and screens installed is vital. Each home security company will generally have their own brand of security screens which offer various benefits. The main things you need to be looking for are durability and strength. You need to know that your back and front doors have sturdy aluminium or stainless steel screens on them that can withstand the test of time and keep out any unwanted visitors – no matter what tricks they have up their sleeves!

With your door, you’re essentially looking for the same elements of a good screen, durable and strong. When choosing a door, make sure that:

  • Lock is tamper-proof
  • Door meets Australian standards (will have an Australian Standards logo)
  • Performance results have already been proven and can be demonstrated to you in the showroom
  • Hinges or tracks have been designed so that the door cannot be removed from the frame

Quality home security companies will be able to make and install the door and screen for you. You should avoid attempting to install the products yourself, always leave this task to the professionals!

The best bit is, most screens will simply look like normal, sleek flyscreens. This will keep your home looking modern as well as being well-protected. And, if you’re looking for something a bit more fancy, many security companies will be able to custom make a decorative door to your liking, so you don’t have to sacrifice your style!

Make sure your windows are secured as well

Now that your front and back doors are fully secured, the next place an intruder would look to gain access to your house is through the windows. Most houses have many windows, which means there’s many opportunities for someone to sneak in if you’re not protected on all sides. Keep your mind at ease by choosing a great security screen, similar to the one on your doors, and making sure you’ve got a tamper-proof lock on all windows. It’s also very important to consider security window options that allow for easy escape from inside the house in case of emergencies, such as fires. No point in having everyone locked in securely if the danger is actually coming from inside!

Depending on your location and crime rates in your area, you may want to consider installing bars or grilles for extra protection. Whilst often unattractive, they may be a necessary addition. When it comes to choosing between security screens, bars and grilles, here’s a few things to consider.

Add an automated alarm system

If it does happen that intruders are able to penetrate your home, your alarm system is going to be your last defence so you need to make sure it’s up to scratch! Not only will the noise scare the living daylights out of the intruder, but it will alert your neighbours to what’s happening. The intruder will be acutely aware of this and it will shorten the time they spend in your home, minimizing their window of opportunity for theft and damage.

Choosing an alarm system is going to be your trickiest task, simply because there are so many options available! The first thing you’ll have to decide on is if you want a Wireless or Wired system. Each has their benefits and disadvantages.

Once you’ve made a choice either way, you’ll want to consider the extras. Here’s a few of the options you can explore and customize:

  • Sensors – pet sensors, motion and perimeter sensors, window and door sensors
  • Remote control alarm access and/or panic button
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Motion detecting lights
  • Keypad/touchpad near door entries for easy access
  • Security team alerts – notifies a security guard if your home has been breached so they can act quickly and also notify you instantly

Get a security gate for an added layer of protection

If you’ve got any kind of fence around your front or back yard, then you’ve got an opportunity to add in a security gate for extra precaution. Whether it’s for your driveway or simply a side access gate, add in that layer of precaution by making it a security gate. Not only do security gates come in a wide range of styles, but they will protect the borders of your property and keep small children safe within it. You have a number of different options when selecting your gate, from an electronic one with an intercom to a more traditional deadbolt or padlock.

When it comes to choosing your home security system, keep in mind that it’s much better to be safe than sorry. Ensure that your loved ones and belongings are protected by getting a mix of different security options custom-made and installed by professionals who understand the importance of protection. You simply can’t put a price on safety!

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