Wednesday, September 12, 2007

How to make your home safer?

Posh areas of Delhi are considerably under spotlight. This time because of a increase in house robberies. According to Indian express article-

``There are three kinds of areas that are prone to robberies in Delhi,'' an officer at the Lajpat Nagar Police Station told Express Newsline. ``Places like Neeti Bagh and Gulmohar Park in South Delhi where the well-off live; places that are well-connected to the Ring Road as it is easy for the robbers to get away with the loot; And finally, places that are not well-lit.''

Commenting on the situation in northwest Delhi, DCP (north-west) Satyendra Garg says: ``It is a border district and therefore more prone to robberies. Investigations have revealed that most of these robberies have been committed either by novices or by gangs based in Haryana. Many of the robbers are dhobis or drivers: They are not starving, but think they will make a quick buck by robbing people.''

Statistics available at PHQ reveal that robberies have been the largest contributor to the 12 per cent increase in crime since the beginning of this year as compared to the whole of last year: 364 cases of robbery were reported till June 30.

While 46 cases were registered in June, at least 31 were registered during this months till yesterday.

Question to deal with is - IS YOUR HOME SAFE?
The more important aspect is to educate oneself of the right security systems for your home. A security system has following components-

The input devices ( which trigger the alarm)
The output devices( which communicate the alarm like speakers)
The Control panel( networks between the devices and is a interaface for user)

The following weeks we will discuss the functioning of these devices and factors one should consider while choosing an alarm system

Monday, September 10, 2007

7 most trusted home security tips

How to make sure your home security system is perfect for you? Check out these essential advice on home security systems.

7 Factors In Handling Home Security
Getting your own home security system won’t go as smoothly as you might think. Like every other purchases you’ll make, you’re bound to discover that in having a home security system there are also a few thing to consider and check upon.

There are 7 factors to consider when getting your home security system

1. Choosing your security company

This could mean a big risk to your safety. A security company who won’t live up to its obligations might become negligent to the potential risk you could be in.

You should go for a security company that has established trust among many and have proven that its products are reliable and effective. Make sure to communicate well with the security company, too. The company should have representation near you.

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2. Installing your home security system

Home security systems won’t work well when installed incorrectly. It would be wise to consult with an installation expert, or better yet have the installation expert handle the installation. If installed the wrong way, your security system might not work and this’ll become a big problem when you will need help in the future.

Another frustration when a home security system is installed incorrectly is false alarms. It has been determined that one of the causes of false alarms is the wrong installation of home security systems.

Always make sure to check your home security system if it works properly when you get it installed.

3. Monitoring services

There are companies that allot their monitoring tasks to third parties. This would imply that not only do you have to check the background of your security company, you’d also have to check with the monitoring company it employs. Separate entities, separate levels of trust and reliability. Make sure to check with your monitoring company’s response time at least every month.

4. Compatibility with the phone line

For those using VoIP, you might want to check if your home security system is working compatibly with your phone line. There has recently been an issue that there are some security systems that do not work well with VoIP.

There is also what we call the “phone line seizure”. This means that your phone line is connected first to the control panel, and the control panel will direct the phone to the rest of the house. If you hear a sound like a phone number being dialed when you’re on the phone, this would mean that your phone line wasn’t connected properly to execute the phone line seizure.

5. The batteries

We all know the problem with batteries. They are not permanent. As they get older, they lose the ability to charge properly. Home security systems will give you a warning when the batteries are low, but it might still not be able to perform to its fullest because it’s not charged enough anymore. Worse case scenario will be if the power goes out and that’s only when you’ll know that your battery has insufficient charge to supply. You should always check your batteries, and call your monitoring company when a problem arises.

6. Proper location for your home security devices

You should always select the best possible places for your security devices. A motion sensor, for example, detects motion on an open area that it covers. If it is blocked, then the motion sensor would be useless. Smoke detectors will be able to detect smoke better when they’re placed in the center of the room (in the ceiling).

7. The kind of security devices you have

When it comes to home security, quality rises far ahead over quantity. No matter how many locks you install, if they’re all faulty and break easily, your investment might as well have gone down the drain.

It would also be better that you get the most durable and most effective if you can afford it. This applies to every device and equipment in your home, even if it’s just your back door lock.



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