Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.) Today one cannot undervalue physical security as a home owner. Your home is one of your most important possessions since this is where you and your loved ones live.

It is critical to ensure your home is safe from intruders. Then you know that your material and personal possessions, as well as your loved ones, are safe.

There are several parts of your home that you need to secure by using electronic devices:

– The perimeter of your house. This will prevent burglars from intruding on your home.

– The enclosed areas within the house. This will protect you, in case of fire.

– Your garage should also have an intruder alarm. This will protect your vehicles, aside from the anti-theft device on the car itself.

It does not matter what style of life you lead. Home security should be an essential part of your budget to give you peace of mind. Your home security system should not only provide physical security in the home. It should also let you find help should an emergency ensue.

Here are some tips when planning for the security of your home:

1. Make an initial survey of your house and from there, develop a home security plan.

Check all the rooms and the area outside of your house. Determine if the neighbors have a clear view of what is going on within your house.

If you have a very open area observable by anyone from the outside, it may be a threat to your security.

2. Place burglar alarms or intruder sensors in strategic areas in and out of your house.

Home security need not be expensive. You do not need to put in alarms and sensors on each part of the house. Be sure to install them in the proper places, to secure your house.

3. Review your way of living and the size of your family.

Do you often have visitors who may roam around? Do you have a member of the family who may come inside the house in the middle of the night?

These factors will help you decide on the “level” of security system that you will install on your home.

4. You can place sensors within your house. Install these sensors on windows to alert you to intruders.

Also, you may install sensors within the house, in hallways. These will warn you of intruders within the house.

5. Place fire alarms in areas around the house which are most likely to gather heat or smoke.

Early detection of an unusual level of smoke, fire or heat can warn you of impending fire threats.

6. There are mechanical locks and sensors that you can install on doors for good measure.

7. For households with babies, you may buy a baby monitor or a video surveillance system.

A video security system in your house will give you peace of mind. You may also “automate” your home to watch your children from your TV screen or smartphone. You can keep track of what they are doing.

You can choose to install it yourself or hire a company specializing in building security systems. Never take home security for granted.

Put in a little extra time and effort. Ensure that you and your family have a happy and secure environment.