Security Systems Aren’t Just for Houses

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Many people believe that to have a home security system installed, they have to have a house. This is far from the truth. If you live in an apartment, you have to feel just as safe as if you live in a free-standing house. After all, a home is a home, regardless of whether it is a huge mansion or a small apartment surrounded by many other small apartments. Don't let the misconception that home security systems are just for houses keep you from making your property and family the safest they can be.

The single biggest threat to an apartment is burglary. This is because they usually aren't well-protected and the doors are usually not as strong as those in houses. Companies that build apartment buildings are looking to save money wherever they can, which means they aren't going to install the strongest doors available because they are usually more expensive. In addition, there are typically many people coming and going from apartment buildings so it is more difficult to identify people who don't belong or who are intent on doing some sort of criminal activity.

The same kinds of home security systems that are available for houses are available for apartments. Essentially, there are two types: monitored and unmonitored. The monitored alarm systems are designed to be monitored by a third party that is located off-site. These include a control panel, door and window sensors, a siren, and, in some cases, motion detectors. When the system is armed and tripped, the siren sounds and the monitoring station is notified that a problem exists. The monitoring station then notifies emergency services, which are then dispatched to your apartment.

Unmonitored systems rely on neighbors to notify the authorities when the siren goes off. They also depend heavily on the would-be burglar deciding not to take his chances with an apartment that has an alarm system. If you decide to go with an unmonitored system, you will want to advertise that you have one installed so that anyone thinking about breaking into your apartment will think twice because of the increased odds that he will be caught.

As with all home security systems, there are many extra features you can add to your apartment security system to make it even more effective. Smoke detectors, glass break detectors, gas leak alarms, panic buttons, pressure mats, surveillance cameras, and fire alarms are all additional components that you might want to consider when installing your system.

No matter which kind of system you decide to install, the important thing to remember is that you deserve to be just as safe as anyone living in a house. Your apartment is your home. Take the appropriate steps to ensure your security. 

John is a shrewd consumer who writes about personal finance, home technology and home security topics like: Los Angeles home security systems and security system reviews.

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