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Security Equipment 101: Checklist of Equipment

Risk Assessment: Checklist of Equipment

When choosing the best home security system for your lifestyle, it can be worthwhile to perform a risk assessment, which is an analysis of your property’s vulnerabilities and weak spots.  The risk assessment will help you to determine 1. the number of zones you want to protect and how to best divide your property into said zones; 2. the desired location and number of sensors both inside and outside the house, as well as the type of sensors you want (magnet, acoustic, glass-break or motion); 3. the location and number of cameras and monitors (the screen on which you watch the action); and 4. the location of the alarm and any warning lights to complement the alarm’s siren (strobe lights can help assist the police in finding your home, and are especially practical in rural areas where no one is around to hear the alarm).

In addition to basic equipment, you will want to evaluate your property’s perimeter. How many levels of access control are necessary to make your property impervious to intruders (think vandals, solicitors, wild animals and trespassers in addition to burglars)?   Do you have animals that you’d like to keep inside the perimeter and, if so, are you in need or an electric fence - or perhaps additional strategically placed video cameras will suffice.

You will also want to consider what threats you most desire to protect against, e.g., intruders, vandals, environmental hazardse.  The majority of insurance claims are due to damaged property caused by environmental factors like water leaks, so environmental sensors are extremely practical additions.