Home security alarms certainly present a strong barrier to entry for intruders. They don’t (and shouldn’t) stand alone, however, as there are a number of additional things that homeowners can do to actually deter burglars. An array of excellent tools and electronic devices also exist, which can serve to enormously decrease the chances of a break in.
The Importance of Deterrents
When it comes to security, a deterrent is essentially any object or situation that dissuades a criminal from entering a property. Utilizing a number of deterrents is important as each one helps in strengthening a message to intruders that a homeowner has taken steps to prevent a break-in and that ignoring such messages may result in being captured. While an alarm system sends a loud audible warning, it only does so after a break-in has been attempted. Often, these attempts result in broken doors and windows even if nothing is actually stolen from the home. Deterrents serve to prevent this from happening as before a thief even approaches a home a deterrent should serve to turn him around.
Common Sense Deterrents
Some of the most effective deterrents don’t cost a lot of money to implement. In fact, many don’t cost a single red cent. For example making a habit of closing windows and doors, turning perimeter lights on at night, keeping shrubs trimmed (especially around windows and doors) and making a home appear occupied while away by parking a car in the driveway and asking someone to gather newspapers and mail are among a few common sense deterrents that can be used to keep burglars at bay.
Deterrents Are an Important Security Layer
Layering your security is all about creating multiple barriers in an effort to deter criminals and keep them out of your home. With this in mind, using as many deterrents as possible just makes sense, doesn’t it? In addition to the common sense security deterrents described above, here are a few that can be installed as part of a DIY home security project:
Fake security cameras – These look just like the real thing, but they’re not. Some, like the SVAT Imitation Security Camera offered on our main site even feature a flashing LED light. Positioned properly around your home’s perimeter and even used indoors…how many burglars do you think would take the chance of being caught on tape?
Security signage – Lawn signs, window decals and placards all help tell the story of a home’s security. With a number of these placed in plain sight, the message is clear that your home is well protected by a solid security system.
Laser scanner – Among home security deterrents, the laser scanner is one of my personal favorites. You may have never seen one in person, but you’ve undoubtedly seen one or two in movies where expensive galleries and stores are protected by light beams which project across a room. Of course, anyone crossing a beam’s path immediately sets of an alarm (silent or very loud) and is then pursued by authorities. While many reading this have never seen a laser scanner in action, the good news is that most burglars haven’t either. Being confronted with one, I would think, would be enough to send any thief in the exact opposite direction. If you like this deterrent idea, I strongly encourage you to check out the Global Link Laser Scanner Burglar Deterrent w/Transformer at our main store.
A barking dog – No, not a real one, but a fake one as in something like the Rex Plus II Electronic Watchdog. While an animal isn’t a surefire method of keeping an intruder out, remember that we’re talking about deterrents and security layers here and a barking dog does help in that effort. As a person approaches your home they are met with the sounds of a barking dog. With the Rex Plus II, in particular, the barking becomes more urgent the closer a person gets to a house and decreases as they retreat.
Deterrents Are a Necessity
Whether using common sense or DIY deterrents, let’s be clear that they are a necessity when it comes to building a security shield around your home. Many homeowners erroneously believe that a burglar alarm is all the home security they’ll ever need. Again, a reliable security alarm is a good start, but as any security expert will tell you, optimal home security is all about layers, which include deterrent protection.
What Do You Think?
So, what are some of your thoughts about home security deterrents? Do you believe that they are useful in building a strong defense against theft and other crimes? Which deterrents do you use and which have you found to be the most effective in preventing break-ins at your home? Is there a particular DIY deterrent that you’ve used or heard of, but that you don’t see featured at our main store? Your input is the lifeblood of this blog and we look forward to you sharing your thoughts below.