The Importance of a Home Security Inspection
Just as it's important to have a new home inspected to identify and protect you against safety hazards and costly repairs, having your current or future residence inspected by a certified home security inspector can potentially save you thousands of dollars in stolen property.
More importantly, ensuring your home is properly secured against burglars and other home intruders can protect you and your family against what can turn into a violent crime in a matter of seconds.
Home Security Devices Inspectors Look For and Recommend
There are no specific housing codes that must be met to pass a home security inspection. However, expert home security inspectors like myself have a thorough understanding of the methods and devices required to securely protect a residence.
The following are three common home security devices experienced home security inspectors look for and recommend to homeowners.
1. Home Alarm System: A home alarm can protect your family by alerting you the moment a breach occurs. The blaring siren can also serve as an effective deterrent for intruders. Important features an expert home security inspector wants to find in a home alarm system include:
- An annoyingly loud siren that sounds the instant the alarm is triggered.
- A panic button with a strategically placed security alarm keypad or wireless remote.
- Adequate motion & glass break sensors throughout the home.
- Prominent display of multiple home alarm system signs.
- A backup battery with a cellular dialer for dialing the alarm monitoring company if phone lines are cut and/or the home experiences a power outage.
2. Motion-Activated Security Lights: Outdoor security lighting that activates upon motion detection can help deter would-be burglars and other intruders by providing a level of startle and intimidation. The two most important features a home security inspector will look for in an outdoor security lighting system include bright, powerful lights and an automatic shut-off feature.
3. Security Glass Protection Film: Every security expert knows that a home's windows are highly vulnerable. To help protect homeowners against burglars and other intruders, a home security inspector will oftentimes recommend installing glass protection film on the interior surface of at-risk windows. The benefit of having this protective film on your windows is that it makes the glass very difficult to break, thwarting the efforts of would-be intruders and giving you time to call the police and find safety.
Important Advice on Choosing a Home Security Inspector
In hiring a home security inspector, be sure he or she has the proper credentials. In addition to having years of hands-on experience, make sure your inspector of choice is certified in home security.
After the completion of your home security inspection, you can expect to receive a detailed written report on your home's security strengths and weaknesses. Take the time to put those important security measures in place to help protect you, your family, and your home against heartless criminals.
Jordan Frankel - The Security Sensei
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