A DIY home alarm system is a great idea for anyone who is a homeowner who travels for business or leisure. Those who travel know the great sense of adventure that comes with getting to be out and about, but they also know the familiar sense of comfort and security that comes with pulling into the driveway at home after a long trip and falling asleep in one’s own, comfortable bed.
What some of these frequent travelers have not thought of is home security while they are out on their trips. Many people—more than you think—have had the feeling of coming home to familiarity and comfort turn to a sickening dread as they pulled into the driveway and saw the door ajar or a window smashed in. Those people will never enjoy travel quite the same way again, nor be able to completely forget the feeling of danger and violation that coursed through them as they fell asleep in their old but somehow different-feeling bedroom that night.
Don’t be that person. Over 2 million home burglaries took place in the United States in 2010. If you are frequently traveling, you don’t know who might notice that your house is empty and the lights have stayed off for multiple days in a row. You don’t know who might see that no cars ever pull into the driveway for an extended period of time. You don’t know what might happen to your house and property while you’re gone.
Prevent Troubles With Security Systems
One of the most effective and obvious steps that you can take to prevent such a terrible trauma from happening in your life is to install a home alarm system. There are several types of alarm systems, but for DIY people, perhaps the simplest is a closed-circuit magnetic sensor. This is basically a magnet attached to a door or window that, when the door or window is closed, lines up with another magnet attached to the wall. If the door or window is opened, the magnets break connection, and an alarm is triggered.
Studies show that 9 out of 10 criminals will run if they experience an alarm of some sort during an attempted break-in. These are guys who want a free buck off of your work and your stuff, and they are not willing to go to jail for it if they can help it.
However, there is a problem with this type of alarm system—it’s not foolproof. A burglar or other criminal could still smash through a window without triggering the alarm, so long as they kept the window frame stationary while doing so. What’s worse, such alarm systems only make a sound—they can’t call the cops for you. So, as appealing as a DIY home alarm system sounds, it is only effective to a certain extent. Where you will gain the maximum peace of mind while you travel is with a professional home alarm service. Such companies install alarms that are more advanced than the basic DIY stuff—alarms that detect the sound of breaking glass, for example. More importantly, professional alarm services have 24-hour monitoring of the alarms in your house. The second an alarm is triggered, they are calling your house and asking you for a secret password that you have set up with them previously. If you aren’t home or someone answers but gives the incorrect password, professional security personnel are contacting the authorities immediately to dispatch police to your home.
The prospect of coming home from that trip never seemed so peaceful.