There are three degrees of security for every Home Alarm System. The first is the visual “front line of defense”, then the actual system itself, and finally the Police response. These defenses work together to provide a safe and secure home for families. Understanding these levels will lead to success at your house.
The first line of defense is visual, your yard signs and window decals. They give a visual defense to let the “would be burglar” know that there is a security system onboard and it’s being monitored. The yard sign should be placed in the front of the home, with window decals on east, west, and south sides. They should be free from obstruction, for example, trees, scrubs, and flowers. This is your first line of defense, and if a burglar ignores this warning it can lead to and unpleasant ending.
The second line of defense is the security system itself. The security system should contain protection for all entry points to the home, and if broken into will make loud sounds. This is the burglar’s 2nd warning, and ignoring it will be highly unpleasant. You want to be able to know your alarm is always armed. Now on the security system there are more safety functions for the homeowner. Distress buttons to advance the system for police, fire, and medical, are some examples of several safety features.
The third line of protection is the Police. If a burglar ignores the first two warnings, it is the duty of the Police to quickly remind the burglar of the importance of listening to warnings. When your security system is monitored by a central monitoring station, it receives information on break-ins and notifies local authorities.
With these three levels of protection working together, a home reaches its maximum level of protection. Without just one aspect of security the whole system falls apart. It doesn’t matter if the exterior of the house looks like a fortress, if the second and third lines of defense are not working in collaboration with the first line of defense, the system fails to protect the home.