basic security measures that
every house should be equipped with:
on all exterior doors (including those leading to basements and garages).
Cost: $20-$50 per lock, self installed.
or motion detector security lights
on the exterior of the house. Photoelectric lights turn on at dusk and
off at dawn. Motion detector lights turn on whenever motion is sensed in
the light's range. Usually one in the front and one in the rear is
sufficient. Depending on coverage, though, you may want to light the side
yards. Cost: $20-$75 per light, self installed.
several varieties to choose from depending on the type of window to be
protected. They make entry through a window much more difficult. Cost:
$5-$10 per lock, self installed.
extensive security: Alarms
can provide 3 benefits:
1) Protect you and your home from intruders
2) Provide you with additional protection in fire and medical emergencies
3) May lower your insurance premiums
When considering a security system for your house, you will want to get
at least three different estimates, since costs can vary a good deal.
Make certain that any comparisons are for the same type of coverage: all
doors and windows and with or without motion detection. Some systems
offer additional services you may want to consider such as panic buttons
or integrated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Compare the
total cost, which includes the installation and set-up cost as well as
any other costs and the monthly maintenance fees if you select a
monitored system. It is a good idea to ask for at least 2 references of
other homeowners from each company giving you an estimate. Call the
references and see how the installation quality was as well as the
service that has been offered.
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