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Protect Yourself Against Home Burglary
State Farm is one of the largest insurance companies in the U.S., so when they talk about protecting yourself from home burglary you can bet they know what they are talking about. Visit the Safety section of the site's Residence Learning Center and find several articles on home security, such the article Protect Yourself Against Home Burglary. According to the piece, while the chances of being a victim of burglary may be small in any one year, your odds increase over time that a burglary may occur to your home. So what can you do to protect yourself? This article has several ideas for ways that you can make your home less appealing to your average burglar. Start by using automatic lights to fool a burglar into thinking that someone is home. Burglars do not like to enter a home when someone is there, or when they think someone is there. Burglars don't like to be seen, so remove bushes and shrubbery from around the house. This leaves burglars more exposed and makes your home less inviting to them. Always lock doors and windows when you leave. Don't forget kitchen and bathroom windows, the most common windows for burglars to enter by. Install good quality deadbolts. Also install a deadbolt on the door from the garage to the house, and get in the habit of locking all the deadbolts every time you leave your house. There are several addition helpful and useful tips in this article. For addition articles, browse through the article slisted on the Residence Learning Center or run a keyword search for home safety and home security. As this site makes clear, the security of your home and the safety of your family is no accident.

A Broadbase of Information on Home Security
For a fairly complete understanding of home security, at least from a novice to intermediate level perspective, start with the site Alarm System Reviews.com, which has a wealth of information, tips and resources far beyond reviewing alarm systems. The information is organized in sections such as a beginners guide to home security, a beginner's guide to home security cameras, alarm basics, system design, device types, reviews, crime prevention tips, security cameras, evaluation. In the beginner's guide section, there's an article to read before you start getting quotes on home security systems. It gives you the top 5 consumer complaints. It discusses wireless versus hardwired. The iste provides some home security scenarios (e.g., involving rents, living in a condo or house) to help you narrow down the type of system that's right for you. There's a guide to perimeter alarm design for the typical residence, taking through it step by step from the basement to the top floor. There is also a section where you can find your city's burglary rate, and information on home security smartphone apps. And then there's a section of tips on specific topics such as evaluating your home's seucirty, securing your home's windows and doors, security for rural area, and security for condors and apartments. This is just to give you a glimpse of the content, as there's much more on the site.

Best Guard Dogs for Families
There is a common misconception that guard dogs are naturally aggressive. The very term, in itself, suggests that such dogs are only meant to protect dog owners from suspicious strangers, burglars or anyone who may pose a threat to the owner. However, this cannot be further from the truth. Professional dog trainers will explain to you that guard dogs need to be treated just like any other kind of pet. Guard dogs need to develop a sense of trust and loyalty towards the owner that can only come with positive re-enforcement and socialization. That some dogs are better suited than others to fulfill the dual role of both family pet and family guardian. This article in FamilyCircle explains the different types of dogs that are suitable for this dual role. These are mainly large-dog breeds, to inimidate criminals. Each type of dog has pluses and minuses. For example: Saint Bernards are loyal and loving and have a protective nature; on the other hand, they drool a lot. Airedale Terriers are fiercely loyal and have been used as police dogs; however, they need daily exercise. Pit Bull Terriers used to be known as America's nannies, watching over children and keeping them safe; today they have a reputation for being aggressive and need to be trained and around children at an early age. Other dogs on the list are German Sheperds, Great Danes, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Berese Mountain Dogs, and Bull Mastiffs.

Components of a Burglar Alarm System
Learn the basic components of a home burglar alarm system on Structured Home Wiring.com. Alarm components can be put into categories: input devices, 24-hour input devices, output devices, alarm panel, and keypads. The door and window sensors send messages directly to a monitoring station and alert authorities to the fact that someone is attempting to enter a home unannounced. Motion detectors send an alarm whenever there is motion in an area that is not supposed to have movement. Learn where the best areas are to set up a motion detector. The control station is the brain of your entire system. It is from the control station that you program your system. Signs and Window decals warn burglars that your home is equiped with a protection system. Since most home thieves are opportunists they will usually by-pass a home that is protected in favor of an easier target elsewhere.

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