Jan 9, 2012

Investing in a Home Security Self-protection System Means Dealing with Well-trained, Accredited Personnel

Keeping your house safe from burglars is mostly a matter of making it look like it is more trouble than it is worth for thieves to break in. The easiest way to keep your home from looking like an easy target is to keep your doors and windows securely locked. But there are other simple ways you can fool intruders, such as making sure your bushes are trimmed allowing you a clear view through your window and establishing a neighbourhood watch scheme and advertising it in the area.

However, for maximum security you may want to consider having one of the many home security systems installed in your home. This, unfortunately, is not always such a simple task and unless you are something of a professional yourself, you will need some expert help getting the system installed.

Indeed, whatever your level of experience, there will always be certain projects that are best left to the professionals. Almost no one is qualified to work in all fields of home improvement and some jobs are even restricted by law to be carried out by trained, accredited professionals. Furthermore, you may invalidate your insurance or incur a fine if you attempt to do specialist work yourself. When you come to sell your house you'll be required to present certificates to back up work that has been done on it.

The majority of electrical work is now 'notifiable' to the local authority building control department. Homeowners can do some minor repairs, such as replacing light switches or sockets in some rooms, but if you do any new wiring work you must pay to have it inspected by the Building Control Officer. Otherwise, you must use an electrician who is qualified to part P of the Building Regulations. The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) or the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) can verify whether an electrician is suitably licensed.

One of the best home security systems around is a home monitoring system. This requires signing up to a home monitoring company. The next step will involve a representative from the company visiting your home and making a full evaluation. This evaluation will enable the company to determine what security measures will be best suited to your premises.

By dealing with an established company that has well-trained, accredited personnel you can be satisfied that the house will be successfully monitored throughout the day and night and that should anything occur the authorities will be contacted immediately. Suffice to say, a monitored home is not one that the thieves are going to go for.

Choosing the right company is pretty much the same as choosing a product. You will need to do some groundwork. Look for a few different companies and then take some time to speak to each of them and get an itemised estimate from each one. The best may not be the cheapest. Opt for quality and durability over a low cost, potentially shoddy job and you will save hassle in the long run.

Once you have chosen a contractor, work out a written agreement that specifies the work to be done and the materials to be used. You could also get the following in writing: a description of what the job entails, the materials to be used (including brand names if possible), how long the job will take, the dates and times the installers will be on the premises and, of course, an estimate of the costs.

If the work is going to involve alterations, you can also ask for a statement of responsibility for any damage caused to your property. In addition, ask for a guarantee of materials and workmanship and that a cleanup and removal of debris from the property will be carried out when the job is finished.

In reality, your home can only be as secure as you make it and it is really down to you to make it as secure as possible. Whilst there is nothing anyone can do to ensure their home is 100% safe from burglars, investing in a home security self-protection system and making sure you are dealing with well-trained, accredited personnel will go a long way to making your home a lot safer. Remember, if you are worried about the initial costs, you can save over 12.5% a year on a home contents insurance policy if you install a burglar alarm with 24-hour monitoring.

Author Bio:

The above article is composed and edited by Irene Simpson. She is associated with many Home Security communities as their freelance writer and adviser. In her free time she writes articles related to home security systems sales, home security systems, home security equipment, etc.
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Soulful said...

oh yes! better safe than sorry...

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