A home security system doesn’t just keep your home and property safe, it also provides peace of mind. Statistics show that your home is three times more likely to be broken into if you have no security system.

Basic home security systems are made up of the control pad, a motion sensor (or possible several), a few magnetic switches on doors and windows and of course an alarm. The switches and motions sensors can be either wired or wireless.

More advanced systems may include video cameras and centralized monitoring by the alarm company. Monitoring gives you an extra level of security because you’ll have trained personnel keeping track of your security system.

One of the main advantages of having a home security system is its deterrant factor. If a potential thief sees the yard sign or sticker saying that your house is protected, or if the alarm is activated while they are attempting to break in, they’ll be less likely to go through with it.

If you will be away on vacation it is important to make your home looked lived in while you are gone. Investing in some inexpensive outlet timers can allow you to set your lights to turn on and off at predetermined times. This can help to give the illusion that you are home and deter thieves.

Being the lowlifes that they are, they’re more likely to look for the path of least resistance and will find a home that doesn’t have protection instead.

There are 5 major components that almost every security system should include:

1. Control Panel

At the end of the night, close the drapes and blinds to your home. In addition to giving you more privacy, this blocks the valuable items in your house from view. Keeping your blinds open only serves as an open invitation to anyone who wants to take something from your house.

This is the control system for the alarm – the “brains” behind it. This is usually installed somewhere like the basement or in a closet, as it isn’t necessary to access it very often.

2. Keypad

The keypad is normally installed somewhere relatively close to the main entrance to the house. It lets you arm and disarm the alarm, as well as control the various other components.

Really take an inventory of what people can see through your windows. If you can obviously see expensive technology like flat screen TVs and pricey desktops, then you are inviting trouble. Instead, hide that tech and expensive furnishings out of view. Your home will be a lot less attractive to potential thieves.

3. Magnetic contacts

These contacts are installed on doors and windows and will sound the alarm if the contact is broken when the alarm system is armed. ENKLOV WiFi/PSTN DIY Home Security Alarm System Kit with Door/Window Sensor,PIR Motion Sensor,Remote Tag,Works with Alexa and MIPC Security Camera, App Remotely Control(IOS&Android)

4. Sensors

Walk out to the street and then turn back to your home. What can you see through the windows? Is there anything valuable in view? If so, you need to move the objects out of sight. They simply give burglars a reason to target your home. If relocating the objects isn’t a possibility, invest in shades or curtains to obscure them from view.

Motion sensors are the most common but there are also body heat sensors available. Again, if the system is armed these sensors will sound the alarm if there is any motion (or heat) detected.

5. Alarm

This is usually a loud siren or clanger and may include flashing lights for even more attention.