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  How To Scare 'Em Off...  


A good alarm system is very effective when installed correctly, especially if a security firm monitors it.  This is the best way to scare away burglars, and if they still somehow break in you'll be alerted to their intrusion.  A monitored alarm can cost $20 to $30 per month; often include an inexpensive alarm system is included at no cost if you sign a multi-year contract.  When you call security companies, be sure to mention that you're shopping around so they'll offer their best deals.

Alternatively, self-installed alarms don't require you to pay for monthly monitoring.  Alarms may handle intruder detection in various ways:  dialing the local police, sounding a siren, flashing your exterior lights, or even emailing a picture of the intruder to your cell phone (a WiLife system can do that).  You can even get an alarm that calls for help via cellular phoning, in case the burglar cuts your phone line.  If you decide to install an alarm system, one authoritative yet easy-to-understand page is How to Install a Home Security System by HowStuffWorks.com.

Studies show that a loyal dog will deter at least 65% of burglars, especially if your dog likes to bark. But that won't work during vacations if you board them in a kennel, unless you get a housesitter instead.  Dogs can't call a squad car, and some burglars have ways of subduing them.  Your big family dog may even see Uncle Burglar as a wonderful new playmate!

Burglars are reluctant to hit well-lit homes that provide no cover to hide from watchful neighbors. Clear away any vegetation that doesn't beautify your home and may provide cover for a break-in. Consider purchasing an advanced lighting system with sensors that detect intrusions and automatically turn on nearby lights. Such lighting systems are often packaged with home alarm systems.

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