The home security measures that most people take probably take them too far into the realm of the paranoid. Not that there aren’t very high-crime neighborhoods located far, far away from the local politicians that inhabit the city, but the average person will likely live out their life without being the victim of a break-in or burglary. Well, maybe they’ll lose a car window and stereo, but even that loss doesn’t involve the criminal breaking into the house. The simple truth is that most Americans lose far more money to credit card companies overcharging them with interest than will ever lose to sun punk on the crack looking for something to pawn so he can get his drugs.
That doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared, of course. I would like to go into business selling just the little security signs that you see outside houses wired with a thousand dollars worth of security system. Most burglars won’t take the chance that it’s just a sign. If you really want to scare away burglars, forget the installation of the burglar alarm system and just plant those little signs around your house. Unless, of course, you are not friendly with a local politician and so live in a higher-than-average crime area. You may not want to install a full-on home security system, but if you do, consider these ideas to increase the potential for the security system to work above peak level.
Pressure Sensitive Mats
Invest in a pressure-sensitive mat. The sensors tie to the indoor alarm system and warn you when someone has crept up to your front door at 2:00 in the morning to check on whether anyone is asleep. The pressure-sensitive mat can be placed beneath windows, inside the garage doorway and just about anywhere else you might think a burglar would stand to check out your house.
An outdoor horn is much more effective at getting people to notice than a standard alarm. Let’s face it: Americans have become so accustomed to alarms going off that we never pay any attention. Who knows how many cars have been burgled because we just thought some dope had bumped up against it? (Burgled? It’s a word. Look it up.) A horn that alerts the burglar to the presence of an alarm system works much more effectively than a standard alarm sound. For one thing, the horn is very annoying; much more annoying than a siren. For another, the horns that equip most home security systems are so loud that they can sterilize fans the Twilight series up to 100 yards away. And that includes those who think they are really vampires.
An ultrasonic detector is good for covering a loft or large family room. Movement within the pattern of sonic waves sets off an alarm. An ultrasonic detector is really just about the best and closest you can get to one of those laser alarm systems you always see some chick in tight pants beating without actually putting out the dough for the laser system. If you have a large room filled with valuables, you can’t do much better than an ultrasonic alarm. Well, except for going Buddhist and realizing that all your possessions are the real cause of your suffering and dread.