How To Select A Burglar Alarm

Burglars dislike noise - it attracts attention. A barking dog
is the best deterrent in preventing burglaries. However, a
watch dog cannot always be depended upon. Some professional
burglars have been known to carry delectable "dog snacks"
in their pockets - and with a full stomach, some watch dogs
make friends easily and forget their purpose of guarding the
premises. The most reliable safe-guard to protect your
home and possessions is a reliable alarm.

Many types of burglar alarms can be obtained for residential
use. It is advisable, however, that basic hardware security
measures be followed first. If additional security is
desired, the following recommendations could be helpful.

1. Obtain estimates from three alarm companies, notifying
each of this procedure.
2. An audible alarm is recommended over silent alarms
for residential use in order to first protect persons and
secondly, property.

Don't depend entirely upon an alarm system to protect you -
be sure to use proper locking devices. Any alarm system
should include:
A. A battery-powered fail-safe back-up.
B. Fire-sensing capability.
C. Read-out ability to check working of system,
D. Horn sounding device installed in attic through vent.

When shopping for an alarm system, take this list with you.

If the value of small personal items warrants protection,
a secondary barrier is an additional safeguard. On a hinging
closet door, install a 1" dead bolt lock. Store your jewels,
furs, cameras, guns, silverware and other valuables behind
this barrier. Be sure to "pin" the hinges (as outlined in
"How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors").