Each day, we hear reports of muggings or break-ins, and such crimes not only happen in cities. Today, many criminals lurk about in quiet neighborhoods, waiting for the right opportunity. So, burglaries can happen in our communities, challenging our right to feel safe and secure in our own dwellings. The rise in criminal activities has definitely impelled authorities to take action against offenders. However, the police can’t always be there right when you need them. There’s just not enough manpower, which is why we need to employ measures to enhance our personal as well as home security.
Of course we want to stay safe. But this doesn’t mean that we have to spend a lot of money just to get that high tech security system or maybe that state-of-the-art surveillance camera. There are generic items that are pretty affordable, yet these can greatly boost security. Here are some examples.
For Personal Security
When we think of personal security devices, these should be things that we can easily get a hold of and use in case of an emergency. These are products that we can readily use for self-defense. Say, you’re walking to your car and you hear footsteps behind you, you’ll definitely feel better knowing that you have a tool that can help you fight off any person who plans to do you harm.
Examples of personal security tools include the following: stun guns, pepper sprays, and stun batons. Prices of such items depend on size and features. The great thing here is that there are so many options and styles to choose from.
If, for instance, you want a stun gun, you’ll have interesting choices at your fingertips. There are regular types, as well as stun guns that come with flashlights and those that are shaped like lipsticks or cellular phones. When it comes to choosing pepper sprays, you’ll find lipstick, keychain and also pen pepper sprays. Because they come in different shapes, colors and sizes, these are easier to conceal and carry; and you’ll also get the added advantage of taking would-be attackers by surprise.
For Home Security
Home security gadgets are really interesting. Today, there are so many state-of-the-art gadgets that will surely impress you, and many of these are pretty affordable. Cameras for surveillance, for instance, are quite high tech. These run on batteries and transmit signals through radio frequencies. Actually, most modern security tools are wireless, which makes them easier to install, move or conceal.
Many kinds of cameras not only record image, but these can also stream live footage online. Then, there are infrared or heat sensors that can tell the difference between a human and an animal by evaluating the level of body heat released. Because of this, such gadgets are not often tripped by pets that are lurking about.
There are also glass break sensors that can recognize the sound of breaking glass; peepholes with hidden cameras that record and take pictures; or security systems that alert you via shrill or silent alarms.
Some systems will even email warnings to homeowners as well as to the security company monitoring the home if the home is connected. These artificially intelligent systems often include gadgets that can “communicate” with each other to ensure that homes are better protected. Plus, such modern systems can even be accessed online, which is pretty convenient if you’re traveling and you want to check what’s happening at home.
About the Author: Claire Walsh regularly contributes articles to home security websites.