Cost Effective Window Security Bars

Window security, not a new idea!

Window security, not a new idea!

Window security is often over looked by home owners and business owners, until there is a break in. In may affluent areas you seldom see window security bars, but take drive through any working class neighbourhood or downtown core and you will see them.

Window security bars for home and businesses alike can be found at most big box retailers. They are a fairly inexpensive way to protect against forced entry or breaking a window to gain access to your premises.

*Note, if you instal any type of window security bars on your home, make sure that the product you choose has a quick release system accessible from the inside of your home. These bars may help keep crooks out, but they also can impeded an escape in the case of an emergency, such as a fire.

Security bars are obviously mounted on the inside of the premises for maximum deterrent.

Small business owners that have large display windows may want to consider having custom made, generally these will exceed the home standard for security bars. They will be custom fitted and installed by professionals adding peace of mind. Some commercial manufactures/installers offer ornamental security bars to increase the aesthetic look, while providing maximum protection against smash and grab merchandise theft as well as breaking and entering. Keep in mind these may be more expensive than what is available to the average consumer, but they usually come with a better warranty as well!

If you have the budget these type of manufactures will also install security bars on your residence. The decorative aspect is not limited to business alone and can be used to enhance the security of any residential window that is on the first floor of any home!

If you are concerned about the security of your windows, security bars are on the job 24/7!

Magnetic Door Alarms

Typical Door AlarmThe Pros and Cons of Magnetic Door Alarms

Many people on a budget consider using magnetic door alarms as a compromise for avoiding the monthly monitoring fees associated with traditional home alarms.

While that is a great notion, it is important to keep in mind that they will only alert you to an intruder while you are in your residence. They may also be enough to scare off amateur break and enter artists, but there is no deterrent that will stop a determined professional that feels your home has enough valuables to make it worth the risk of breaking into and possibly getting caught.

While you may be trying to decide if these gadgets are right for you, lets get a better understanding of how they work.

Magnetic door alarms only detect movement of the frames of windows and doors, in other words they need to be opened in order to trigger the alarm. They do not detect shattered glass or movement from within the home, if you are concerned about this type of application there are infrared and shattered glass detectors that are function specific.

The three main components this type of alarm are typically a magnetic trigger, a siren and the alarm unit itself. The alarm unit will house the siren, which is usually 110 db loud. How loud is this? Like standing next to a power cutting saw three feet away kind of loud! The transmitter houses a magnetic switch which is held in the off position by the magnetic trigger, which is mounted on the door or window frame. If the unit is moved away from the trigger the alarm is triggered!

These units are often powered by 3 to 4 aa batteries, the life of the batteries will vary depending on the manufacturer of the device. Some units have battery test lights that measure the current voltage of the batteries and will let you know that they should be replaced. Most manufacturers recommend that you use alkaline batteries, avoiding rechargeable batteries all together.

Both pieces of the unit are mounted with two sided sticky tape. Tip here; make sure you clean the mounting surface of the door or window throughly to insure adhesion of the tape. Use an alcohol based cleaner for the job. The two parts of the unit don’t need to make physical contact in order to work because they are magnetic, but they do need to be a minimum of five millimetres apart.

Are these units right for you? Only you can decide, but they are definitely peace of mind for those that can not afford the monthly monitoring charges that come with a contract. Perfect for those in apartment buildings or condos for worry free sleeping!

Inexpensive Home Alarm Monitoring?


 The Truth About Free Home Alarm Systems

Lets get this straight, while a free home alarm system may sound like a good idea, most companies offer this tempting marketing ploy for one reason. To get you on a monitoring contract.

Typically, a free home security system has the keypad, system brain, power supply and phone  jack all in one nice neat package. While this may be an installers dream, it is actually of little or no value to you, the home owner in terms of real household security.

When an alarm system is typically triggered, you have a time delay that allows you to input your security code into the keypad and disarm the system, this however is the same time delay that a would be criminal has to locate your alarm system in your home.

Imagine the convenience for the thief when he finds this nice neat alarm package? He can simply tear the system from the wall disabling all of the features in one fell swoop. If this is done before the alarm sends it signal to the monitoring company, they will never be notified, still feel secure?

Worse yet, if the phone jack is near the system itself, a thief could simply unplug the system from the phone line. That is the only way these particular alarm systems can communicate with the monitoring company. A shoddy idea at best, great for manufacturing convenience, but bad for home security.

While we all want value for our money, it is important that separate keypads, control panel (physically and specially seprate from the keypad), and siren.

It is crucial that these components all be installed and separated from each other.

Not all alarm systems are created equally and neither are all alarm monitoring companies, value is of importance, but not at the cost of proper security. Do yourself and your family a favour, take the time to investigate proper alarm systems, monitoring companies and let that be your value guide. Home security starts with proper installation.


Smart CCTV Home Security

Many people today employ wireless CCTV systems in their homes, but many people do not take steps to properly secure their network.

CCTV SecurityDid you know that their are internet sites that stream unsecured wireless CCTV network feeds around the world? Yes! Homes, business and nursery feeds can be found with a simple internet search,

If you have one of these so called “smart” wireless camera networks in your home or business it is wise to implement the following steps immediately.

No Default Passwords!

During your setup your wireless CCTV network will come with a default password. Most people are unaware of the fact that the default passwords exists and is the same on every device. Make sure that you change it! It does not have to be something robust, the key here is changing it from the default, period!

While you are at it make sure that all video baby monitors and wireless web cam passwords are changed as well. The same software that “hackers” use to detect your wireless CCTV network feed will find all devices inside your home, making any wireless security or non security camera available to them.

Remote Viewing

A major selling point for home video security systems is remote viewing, with CCTV it gives us peace of mind knowing when the kids get home from school and that they are safe while we are at work. This is great for parents, but we do not need remote viewing for in home baby video monitors or any other wireless camera device in the home. Remember if it is on your home wireless network, it is accessible to the internet, simple turn it off!

Another great tip here, turn all non essential cameras in your house off, power them down and no one can have any access to the situation in your home via these devices.

While we all buy wireless security products with the best of intentions, it is important that these networking devices are set up correctly. The feeds that they provide can be a potential home security risk in the hands of the wrong person. Protect your home and your family!

Have a look at this simple home CCTV set up video!