This is a guest post by Madison Parker.
The holiday season is upon us and many apartment dwellers are heading out of town to go spend time with family and friends. Despite the apartment dweller’s best intentions to be as inconspicuous about leaving their home unattended as they think they can, a burglar knows that his odds are much greater that not only will there be nobody home at an apartment during the holidays, but that these domiciles will most likely not have any means of a home security system greater than mildly effective locks on the doors and windows. This is the time of year when an opportunistic burglar will make his move, but there are cost-effective measures that apartment dwellers can take to be extra secure without having to invest in a professionally installed home security system.
Home security electronic device technology has progressed greatly in the past several decades and has allowed many useful devices to come into existence without the high cost that is attached to many useful technologies. These electronic devices can help you protect your apartment from burglars without burglarizing your bank account:
- Home Security Burglar Alarm System Cell Phone Dialer – around $32 – Devices like these are activated by a motion sensor and will call your cell phone whenever motion is detected inside of your home as well as emit a 125db alarm to notify your neighbors.
- GE 51107 Smart Home Wireless Alarm System Kit – around $20 – This wireless device can be attached to doors and windows, and will emit an extremely loud 125db alarm when any of the entryways are being accessed.
Locks are usually the first line of defense between an opportunistic burglar and your valuables but most individuals living in apartments often only upgrade their door-related home security to include door chain locks that are only useful when they are home and want to have extra protection from forced break-ins. Picking out an effective lock is an easy step to take, and there are many pick-proof locks out there that would require a very effective burglar to open – which most burglars are not.
- Medeco – $50 to $200 – In its early years, the makers of these locks held a lock-picking competition to let the best in the business have a go at their lock technology with a prize of $50,000 to the person who could pick their locks. Many professionals tried, and eventually only a private investigator from New York was able to pick the lock. For a small investment in a lock like this you can rest assured that the lock that stumped many of the greatest lock pickers is there to defend your apartment’s valuables.
Getting to know your neighbors is one of the best defenses to a burglar in your apartment. If you let a trusted neighbor know that you are heading out of town for the holidays, they will be suspicious of any activity or strange noises that are happening in and around your apartment, and will be very likely to notify the proper authorities whenever they suspect that something is out of place.
Ultimately, it is the person who doesn’t have a plan against being burglarized that becomes a victim, and a small investment in any of the above listed devices or the investment of time with the neighbors could be the single most important thing you do in making sure your homes monetary and sentimentally valued items are kept safe.
Madison Parker is a home security expert whose advice is sought after by friends and strangers alike – Read more of her work on the blog Home Security Systems!