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Most home security systems are fairly reliable at keeping property secure when the power is on. Unfortunately, during power outages one big flaw is revealed that will cause many systems to shut off: dependency on electrical power.
To help hedge against this risk, many home security companies have developed many battery-operated alarms in these types of emergencies. Some security alarm developers have designed models of alarms with a backup battery device. These devices allow the alarm to continue operating on a battery, even after a power outage. Not every company has integrated this type of backup into their alarms which forces consumers to come up with alternative measures to avoid leaving their homes and loved ones open to the risk of burglary.
So far, General Electric’s security alarms are the leaders in this backup-battery trend. Their high-end Simon XT Wireless alarm is one of the few systems to come with a backup battery system to keep the alarm active during a power outage. Even in these cases, though, the battery can only stay active for 24 hours before running out of power.
The best precaution to follow is to lock the doors and windows from the outside. Too often, people often leave these passageways unlocked. Burglars can easily take advantage of these open entrances to steal expensive belongings, such as televisions, computers and paintings.
People can also shop for heavy-duty lock equipment to keep thieves from forcing their way inside the house. In many cases, a solid double-cylinder deadbolt will keep the door shut from anyone trying to force their way through the door. Kwikset’s deadbolts have the lowest price, at around $18 to $20. (I recommend against Kwikset Locks – Howard)
If people want some added security, they could purchase a Schlage deadbolt. They could even reinforce this lock with a deadlatch, if the front porch has a double-door entryway. This will keep one door permanently shut, to prevent robbers from forcing one of the doors open through a loose lock attachment.
Homeowners could even add in a battery-operated door alarm to prevent robbers from entering without anyone noticing. General Electric has also designed a handy doorstop alarm as an alternative to an electric wall panel device. If anyone slides the door open, they will put pressure on the doorstop pedal, triggering a 120-dB alarm. This will alert everyone in the house to the intruder’s presence.
There are many other security devices that are not nearly as well-known as the typical electric and battery-operated alarms. One of these types of products runs entirely off of stored solar power. This device, known as Sunforce’s Solar Power Alarm System and Light, uses an indoor passive infrared sensor to detect movement running past it. Although solar power may seem like a weak technology, this particular system can trigger a 120-dB siren.
The system is pricey, costing about $99 from various websites; however, it is a considerable device that can significantly cut the costs of a person’s electric bill.
Although non-electric security may seem impossible, homeowners can still take many inexpensive measures to ensure that their belongings stay safe inside their house. Maybe in the future, they will even use natural energy to power their entire security systems.
Madison Parker is a home security expert whose advice is sought after by home owners and new home buyers – Read more advice at her website, Home Security Systems!