Safety First: Securing Your Home and Business

Whether you own a business or home, keeping it safe is critical. But sometimes even the most vigilant safety measures aren't enough to keep out intruders. I own a small food store in my neighborhood. I didn't use a security system or camera to monitor my store. Instead, I relied on my employees and other businesses to keep an eye out for crime. But one night after closing time, someone broke into my store and stole money and many other items. Because I didn't have a security camera or alarm in place, the police couldn't take immediate action to apprehend the thief. I learned a valuable lesson that night. I took action and had a security system installed on the premises. It was the best decision I ever made. My blog offers tips on how to keep your company or home safe. Remember, safety should always be first.

Getting The Best Use Out Of A Budget Door Alarm


Not everyone can invest in high-end security equipment. A homeowner with limited funds might only be able to afford a magnetic door alarm. This type of device is, essentially, a modified smoke alarm that goes off when a door or window is opened and a magnetic trigger is separated from the casing. While not the perfect security device, the alarm is better than nothing and could prove effective despite some limitations.

Do Not Use The Chime Feature

Most of these door alarms come with a chime function, which should never be used in conjunction with anti-burglary steps. The purpose of the chime is to let you know when a door is opened by an expected guest. Chimes also are helpful to alert parents when children open doors without permission.

Chimes are worthless for burglary prevention.

If you opt to use the chime as an alarm, you are defeating the unit's purpose. The chime is not going to scare off someone who opens a door or window. The shrill sound of an alarm, however, is more likely to do that. Furthermore, the sound alerts people to danger including neighbors.

Be Aware of the Drawbacks of the Door Alarm

The presence of this "economy" alarm is a help. The cons, however, should not be ignored and they include:

  • The alarm sounds like a "mere" smoke alarm and might not chase a criminal away.
  • The sound of the alarm might not be loud enough to alert neighbors.
  • The burglar could literally rip the alarm off the wall and stomp it.

With this type of alarm, you have to rely on yourself a bit more than you would with a higher end security system. The second the alarm goes off, you must react accordingly.

React to the Alarm Wisely

Once you hear the alarm sounds off, do not attempt to investigate whether or not it was a false alarm. Do not assume that a burglar immediately fled the scene the second the alarm was tripped. Stay where you are safe and, hopefully, the room you are inside has locks on the doors. 

Contact the police immediately. Tell them your alarm went off and you are concerned an intruder may be in the home. 

Save Up for a Reliable Security Service

With limited funds, you are doing the smart thing by investing in such a minimalist alarm. That said, only use this type of alarm for the short-term. Save your money so you can invest in a solid security system from a firm like Star Protection Agency LLC


20 January 2015