Floodlight Home Security

It has become a trend – a trend that is growing by leaps and bounds in all parts of the nation. I’m talking about the topic of home security lighting. Crime rates have risen, then have declined and no doubt will rise again. One of the single, biggest targets for the petty criminal involves burglary and even robbery in residential areas.


I was reading a novel recently and one of the characters had spent some time in prison for a crime that he really didn’t commit. During his four-year incarceration, he listened to a number of hardened, experienced criminals, picking up some tips on how they looked for targets to hit.


One of these inmates told our main character that the old-fashioned way of stealing a car has been replaced by a simpler method involving playing the odds. He said that one out of fifty or so auto owners hide a key behind the bumper or in one of several other easy to access location in case they misplaced their keys. A car thief simply needed to find a busy shopping center, check out as many as fifty cars and, voila, he will find a car key hidden in one of the places that keys are concealed.


The reason for this lengthy digression from the primary topic of this article is point out a simple truth. Home intruders look for an easy mark in much the same way. If there is any kind of home security visible, they will generally move on to the next potential target.


The good news is that you don’t need to overdo it when it comes to buying and installing a home security system. Believe it or not, the single, most effective outdoor security devices are floodlights.


Floodlights, strategically placed in trees or on a wall can illuminate a large area particularly driveways, walkways, back-yard garden areas and any other areas that would normally be hidden by the darkness. It’s important to keep in mind that floodlights need to be adjusted so that they don’t intrude on your neighbor’s property or cause a problem with a driver’s ability to see the road.


Home security floodlights can be purchased with incandescent or halogen fixtures or if more intense lighting is preferred, HID or high intensity discharge floodlights can be used. HID floodlights use a variety of types of lamps including metal halide, mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium.


Dusk to dawn timers are inexpensive and easy to install and will provide the proper protection during the evening hours.


Another alternative is purchasing motion detectors that will automatically activate incandescent and halogen floodlights when motion is detected. These devices have the added benefit of saving electricity since the floodlights are activated only when motion is detected. In addition, the shock-value of floodlights suddenly coming on is a sure deterrence to the would-be thief.


While floodlights activated by motion or heat sensors are an energy-saver, the LED floodlight is quickly finding its share of the market because they provide an even greater energy savings than the more traditional floodlight fixtures. The initial cost of an LED unit exceeds that of an incandescent floodlight bulb but they last up to 25 times longer.


Besides, being an energy-saver, LED floodlights require less frequent replacement, which means greater safety for the homeowner. Floodlights are typically placed in hard-to-reach locations and usually require a ladder to replace. For most of us, the fewer trips up the ladder, the better.


The LED floodlight is not as commonplace as its incandescent counterpart, so you may have to do a little bit of searching to find a retailer that carries them. Then – there’s always the on-line marketers.


In conclusion, I suggest you start your home security program (at least the outdoors phase) with a selection of floodlights, strategically placed and controlled by dusk to dawn timers. You don’t need to light up your property like a nighttime baseball stadium. A little will go a long way in giving the would-be burglar or intruder the message to move on

Home Security

Home security is an issue to which we all need to give considerable thought. The combined amount of money lost in the 2.1 million burglaries in 2003 was 3.5 billion dollars. According to the FBI, 65.8% of these burglaries occurred at personal residences. You need to understand how to formulate proper home security. This understanding includes recognizing how to deter a break-in, knowing what is included in a home security system, having an emergency plan in place–just in case, and being informed on how to prepare your home when you are on vacation.


Intruders’ Worst Enemies


A number of things can be done to help to ensure home security. First and foremost, you need to understand how a burglar thinks. Light, time, and noise are an intruder’s worst enemies. Your home won’t be considered an easy target if a burglar has no option but to work in a well lit area, if the break-in will take a lot of time, and if he can’t work in peace and quiet. Darkness and shade offer protection for an intruder and an excellent breach in your home security. Sure, privacy fences and ornate shrubbery look good and offer privacy for your home, but they also offer privacy for criminals. Consider trading a little extra privacy for a bit of added home security. Force any would-be burglar to confront a real enemy–light. Making robbing your home a noisy job can also up your home security. Installing a home security system with an alarm, mounted exterior lights, and door and window detectors will help dissuade an intruder.


Home Security Systems


A residence without a home security system is approximately three times more likely to be broken into than one without. Homeowners who have home security systems loose an average of $ 400 less in valuables in the event of a robbery. These facts prove that the installation of a home security system dissuades intruders and protects your home. Home security systems can include everything you could possibly need. Perimeter sensors on outside doors and windows, Timers for interior and exterior lights, Sirens, strobe lights and other alert mechanisms, Home security cameras for inside or outside use, Motion detectors in key inside areas, A control unit to interpret and respond to signals from the above and A connection to a central monitoring station which notifies the police of a breach in your home security. Solidify your overall sense of safety with a home security system. There aren’t any good reasons for you to be fearful in your own home.


Consider the Basics


Reducing the risk of a break-in is merely making your home less inviting to burglars than the other homes in your neighborhood. Home security systems aren’t the only way to guarantee home security; some basic steps can be taken to safeguard your home. If a burglar is delayed just a few minutes, he is apt to give up and try another less problematical home. Basic, ordinary home security equipment, such as padlocks and deadbolts, can discourage an intruder and stop him from entering your home. Forty percent of home invasions occur because a door or window was left unlocked. All exterior doors need to be made of either metal or solid hardwood and be a minimum of 1 3/4 inches thick.


Remember, even the best and most efficient lock, if it is placed in a weak door, will not stop a determined burglar. Key locks are the best type of home security for your windows, and they are available for and easily installed on all types of windows. These almost-effortless precautions can greatly increase your home security.