A man’s home is his castle, adorned with all of its highly cherished and valued contents. Those same ingredients, however, make itchy the hands of thieves and burglars. To keep what’s yours, arm your homestead! Secure your castle with an alarm system and ensure a great self-defense.

Rest assured with protective measures monitoring your home, its perimeter, and premises. Whether you contract alarm services or acquire a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kit, doing so may also have economic benefits regarding your property insurance—be sure to inform your insurance agent.

Let’s take a gander at a few alarm system choices.

Audible Alarm System

Commonly rigged to send high-pitched sounds–while simultaneously summoning police–this method is typically monitored by alarm company communications center operators. Via sound engineering, audible alarm systems activate when breaches are detected at your home, overtly emitting deafening bursts of obnoxious noise. The objective of the shrieking sound is to repel the would-be thief/intruder while simultaneously drawing attention of neighbors or passersby. Some audible models come with strobes or flashing lights, the goal of which is to garner attention while also compelling the intruder to cease criminal activity. Defending loved-ones, your home and its contents is the name of the game.

Basically, alarm service companies draft a contract in which you pay monthly for a specified duration of monitoring/maintenance (quarterly, bi-annually, or annually). Some may offer month-to-month contracts.

With the contract services, all monitoring equipment includes lawn signage announcing This home is protected by such-and-such alarm company. All around your property, it is wise to stake several of these signs as they are usually the size of a dinner plate, low to the ground, and only one may not be noticeable. (Please, be sure to light it up at night). Check with your Homeowners Association (HOA) if that is a factor, since they often have sensitivity/rules governing what is permitted around/on homesteads. Don’t want to incur a civil tort while trying to prevent a criminal deed.

If you opt for DIY home alarm kits, generic signage can be purchased from online sources or at most big-box stores. They are inexpensive, so get a handful…at least one for each doorway (including sliding glass patio doors). The premise here is “Out of sight, out of mind,” meaning burglars do not think twice if they do not see any alarm system signs/warnings. Give ‘em something to think about before they commit a dirty deed!

The cost of an audible alarm system ranges from $29.00–$499.00. Pardon the pun, but some have more bells and whistles than others. Only you know what you want and your budget can sustain. It boils down to having self-defense in the form of an alarm system versus none at all.

And, in the interest of “going green,” audible alarm systems come with solar-powered technology. These models can save money in terms of power company charges. But it would be wise to do some homework: ensure that a few rainy days won’t leave your solar-powered system without necessary juice to activate, should the need arise. Most are engineered with this concession in mind. Make sure. Besides energy-conserving, these are also affordable alarms ranging from $28.00–$199.00.

Other models, however, activate silently and send a request for police covertly.

Silent/Motion-detection Alarm System

This method of safeguarding your residence/business comes with a catch, perhaps literally. Silent and Motion-detection alarms rigged to your home or place of business activate without noise of any kind and covertly send a request for police response. Ultimately, the objective is to apprehend the burglars in the act of thieving (think bank robbery). In that regard, timing is of the essence.

In addition to law enforcement officials, homeowners who use silent alarms or motion detectors are automatically personally alerted when their system activates. Definitely handy when you are not—and

an intruder is—at your home. Universally, alarm system company operators contact you by phone, confirm a code known only to you/authorized individuals, and either dispatch police to investigate or mark it as a “false alarm.”

Like audible alarms mentioned above, silent alarms also have display signage to ward-off intrusion. Nevertheless, it is the bad guy’s choice to heed warnings; in the event he is still brazen, cops summoned covertly can potentially apprehend intruder(s).

Similar to audible alarm models, silent alarm systems can also be purchased from online sources or store-bought in DIY packages. They are generally small in size, lightweight, and affordable. Costs vary: scope out the market to suit your budget. Generally, DIY kits range from about $30.00—$290.00.

Panic Alarm System

Somewhat in the same class as silent alarms, panic alarms are noiseless but not rigged throughout the home’s periphery. Essentially, panic alarms are human-activated, meaning they are typically stationed bed-side and within reach of one’s arm, or, banded around the wrist like a lightweight watch. Some consumers purchase panic alarms as a secondary defense to audible, silent or motion-detecting alarms, especially when they hear what sounds like breaking/entering activity. Arming with several layers of self-defense is a prudent plan.

By design, panic alarms have a setting to specifically trigger police, medical or fire services. In the event a consumer is infirm and requires medical assistance, or smells smoke and needs firefighters, a readily-accessible panic alarm to easily summon public safety services is paramount.

An individual who is bed-ridden in the home, and happens to hear glass breaking and/or doors being kicked-in, wastes no time summoning police authorities via a panic alarm. Simply pressing the “Police” button on a panic alarm launches cops to the home.

Here, too, the prices range. However, panic alarms generally are most affordable. Whether on your nightstand or banded around your wrist, this inexpensive layer of self-defense and self-preservation is a keen thing to have. A view at the market models indicates anywhere from $9.00—$49.00.

Summary

Although the myriad alarm system manufacturers, models, choices, contract services and pricing may vary, it is nonetheless patently wise to equip your castle with any and all self-defense mechanisms possible. Variety consists of contract services or DIY packages installed by you.

Even if it is old-school, such as illuminating your entire house as if there is bustling activity within, so be it! We do, however, recommend illuminating the home as a supplement to an alarm system, not as the only means. Use whatever means of self-defense you can conjure.

Employing conventional and/or technological methods can be just the right ingredient to defend your property and loved-ones within. Again, doing so may result in deep discounts on your property insurance and/or auto insurance (whether vehicles are garaged or in a carport). A brief expose’ pertaining to FBI data, alarm systems and homeowner’s insurance savings can be read here.

It becomes a matter of choice based on perspective: audible alarms repel intruders, silent alarms/motion detectors may aid in their capture (since the bad guy likely has no idea he “tripped” the alarm system), and panic alarms can bolster any other alarm system in-place.

Visually, an alarm system announcement sign is staked in the lawn, usually in a place where it is visible to motorists or passersby. Whether audible or silent, alarm system signage serves as a fair warning, designed to preclude a burglary attempt.

(Disclaimer: this site, its publisher, and its writing staff do not make any endorsements for any particular home/business alarm systems’ manufacturer, products, or service provisions. The content herein serves to illustrate basic choices, dynamics to consider, and some philosophical points.)

Our next few features will be closely related to home alarm systems: Closed-circuit Video-recording systems (around your house or business) serve a lot like an alarm system, the purpose of which is to announce to would-be criminals that surveillance equipment is in operation and recording evidence of their activities; and an expose’ on the dynamics of self-defense via guard dogs will cover how to take a bite out of crime by implementing self-defense via canine presence.

You just may consider one or all of these, and we’ll provide the boost to help make informed decisions.