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Putting a Home Security Plan into Effect on the Ground Floor

Maybe at some point in recent times you had a salesman in the home security trade pay you a visit. Chances are there were a few warnings accompanied by the offer of a free home alarm to get started. Hopefully, you thanked the man and let him go on his way, because what the sloppy security plans do for a house is not worth the monitoring. If an alarm is free, that should give you an idea of its origin: mass produced and valued only minimally. To set up a real home security plan, you need to attack from top to bottom. Here is a start, showing the way to set up the first floor of your house.

1. The foyer or entrance area. Protecting your front door with quality deadbolts and reinforcement for simple hinges is the way to start. As for motion sensors, use a recessed door contact which will be untraceable but effective. Heading upstairs is probably among the first orders of business for a thief, in the search for valuable merchandise in bedrooms or safes. Have a motion sensor positioned to catch someone who tries to ascend the staircase.

2. Living room. While it probably won't be on the top of a thief's list, stealing a couch or chair from your living room, it could be an entry point. Look at the windows and make your adjustments accordingly. Getting motion sensors attached to the windows is a must, using surface detectors if you have sliding doors. For eye-level windows, use the shrubbery outside to your advantage (i.e., with thorns).

3. Kitchen. The kitchen could be the spot where entry is attempted, due to the prevalence of windows and a door in many cases. Using motion sensors in the form of surface detectors is recommended, besides the glass break sensors connected to your home alarm. Make sure they are smart enough to differentiate between a harmless glass break, as this is the kitchen after all, where broken glass is not entirely unlikely. Arm the door as you would the front door.

4. Family Room. The danger in the family room generally comes when there are sliding doors, a tricky item to handle in your home security plan. Make sure you have surface door sensors attached to sliding doors, to initiate any alarm before the intruder gets very far inside. It is recommended that you have more than an "internal" type of alarm. You want the ringing to be heard throughout the neighborhood, not just around the house.

5. The garage. Rounding out your first floor security apparatus, give your garage a long, hard look. While your car is one of the most expensive objects on your property, your tools could be just as valuable and even be used to enter the house. Needless to say, it can't be overlooked, and motion sensors of the surface variety should be on the garage door as well as connecting doors.

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