More Australians are investing in home security these days. With break-ins and robberies on the rise, people are willing to pay for peace of mind. Whether it’s surveillance cameras, deadbolts, an alarm system or security screens, keeping your property and family protected should be your number one priority. Each year, over 200,000 burglaries are recorded across the country. Whilst Western Australia and Northern Territory have the highest national burglary rates, every location can benefit from home security tips.
Properties that implement smart security measures are less likely to be at risk. Having a noisy dog at the home will deter 61.4% of intruders and alarm systems will scare off 49.1% of thieves. Alarm systems and security screen doors are two of the best investments you can make for your home, but which one is better?
Benefits of a Home Alarm System
Alarm systems are installed into the home for 24/7 monitoring. When you leave the house, an alarm system can be easily set through a unique pin code or swipe card. Should an intruder try to enter the property, the alarm will sound and nearby security/police will be notified. The biggest benefit of home alarm systems is that they prevent intrusions. Insurance premiums are also lowered, the property’s value is boosted and you have peace of mind when you leave the house for the day.
Good alarm systems will have a direct connection to an alarm monitoring centre should they be disarmed. You will be able to monitor any activity via a smartphone app too. If the alarm is triggered, you’ll be notified immediately and have the option for a security guard to check the property.
Drawbacks of a Home Alarm System
Although home alarm systems are great for scaring intruders, it doesn’t necessarily prevent them. In most cases, thieves won’t try to enter a property that has a visible alarm system. They’re one of the best deter methods but the dedicated thieves can get past them. Alarms are there to notify you of a break-in and potentially warn intruders to stay clear. But if an intruder was determined, a loud-sounding alarm doesn’t come with the same benefits as a solid physical barrier. Depending on the level of your chosen alarm system, these can work out expensive to set up in the home or office.
Benefits of a Security Screen
Security screen doors are one of the most cost-effective safety investments you can make. Because it involves installing a physical barrier between your home and the intruder, it can keep even the most determined thieves out. Especially if you don’t have fencing installed, your door is often the first line of defence when it comes to break-ins. Keeping that door secure with quality deadlocks and security screens prevents even the most dedicated access.
Security screens can be added to all doors and windows. These screens are made from tough, high-quality materials to create a reliable layer of protection. Not just for safety considerations though, security screens are beneficial for keeping pests out of the home too. They make it easy to keep the house open for fresh air during the warmer months, without compromising on privacy or safety, and add aesthetic appeal to the property which can increase its value. Most security screens are also fireproof and environmentally friendly.
Drawbacks of a Security Screen
The security screen is only as good as the frame and door it’s installed on. If you’re investing in a high-quality, durable security screen you want to attach it to solid wood or steel door and frame materials. The security screen should have at least three hinges installed for better security too. The material of the frame will impact the security level you’re after, so make sure it fits with your safety needs. Aluminium grilles, stainless steel mesh, regular steel and aluminum perforated sheets are just some of the material options to consider.
Weighing up the Options
Whilst both options offer an effective way to deter intruders, security screens are the most cost-effective. Because you’re paying for a physical barrier and a break-in preventative, it gives you a higher level of security. Steel security screens are heavy duty and made in such a way they can’t be pried open by thieves. Unlike alarms which only notify you of an intruder, security screen doors add an extra guard between the street and your first line of defence.
For more information about the best security options for your home, contact one of our staff today.