Every prepper's home should have a home alarm system.
This is so important that it should never be neglected. There is no denying the fact that it's an additional expense for the set up, and there will be monthly recurring bills that can range from $20 to $30 if the system is being monitored by a security company via a home phone line. However, it's crucial to the safety and well-being of your family and you can't put a price on that.
If you've been storing food and water for a crisis, and one actually takes place, you can be certain that most of your neighbors will be caught unaware. They'll start rushing to the mall and clearing out shelves in panic, grabbing whatever they think they'll need.
In most cases, they will not get what they need. If the crisis lasts for a while, people will start getting desperate for food, etc. If law and order breaks down, there may be looting and other crimes.
This is not uncommon. Whenever there are riots, etc. looting, vandalism and many crimes of opportunity spring up. It's during times like these that your house needs to be secure. This is why you need a home alarm system to not only deter criminals, but get you help as soon as possible.
* Ease of use
When installing a home alarm system, the most important consideration should be how easy it is to use. This is especially true if you have children in the house.
Since you'll be setting it each time you leave the house and return home, the process should be smooth and not a hassle.
* Visible deterrence
Ask your home security company to install an alarm box outside the house to give the appearance that the home is protected. Just the presence of the box is enough to deter many would be burglars who decide that it's too much risk to break into a house that's protected.
If you can't afford to install a home security system and you're saving up for one, you can install a dummy box and you'd be surprised to know that it's just as effective at deterring most criminals.
* Types of systems
Basically, there are 3 types of systems that run most home alarms. A closed circuit, open circuit and wireless systems. They're all effective in their own right, but it's best to speak to your home security specialist to see which one is right for your house.
You'll have to factor in your budget, what level of security you're interested in, what you are preparing for and so on.
Depending on your needs, you may have vibration detectors that sound off if someone is fiddling with the door knob while trying to break in. Or you may have alarms for your windows that go off if someone is trying to force them open.
There are many places where alarms can be installed that will make it impossible for an intruder to break into your house and catch you unaware while you're sleeping. Alarms can be placed under carpets, movement sensors in the house can be installed, and even flashing lights can be set to go off and cause panic to the intruders.
By now you'll realize that there are a wide variety of options available to you. You're only limited by your budget. It's best to speak to a security specialist to find out where you should run your wires so that criminals can't cut them and disable your system.
At the end of the day, what you need is a system that goes off if someone tries to break in. The loud sounds alone will scare off the criminals who want to get away with their misdeeds in the quiet. They can't do that if your house becomes louder than a heavy metal concert on steroids and wakes up half the neighborhood in the middle of the night.
So, install one and stay safe as soon as possible.