The History of Home Security

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, household burglaries in the United States have declined by 56 percent from 1994 to 2011. It's believed that residential security systems are partly responsible for this decline. Burglars are less likely to break into a home that's secured with an alarm system. If a secured house is invaded, an audible alarm system will often scare off the criminals and stop them in their tracks. Technological developments have made today's home alarm systems ultra-modern, high-tech gadgets. To understand how these developments came about, it's worth exploring the history of home security.

Security in the Early Days

The home alarm system as we know it today wasn't present during the Stone Age. Cavemen used other means of protection to keep predators at bay. Initially, they used branches and rocks, and later on they created slingshots, and bows and arrows. As time progressed, domesticated wolves were used to protect homes. People would rescue abandoned wolf cubs and raise them to protect their possessions. Eventually, this lead to the guard dogs we know today. In ancient Egypt, around 3150 BC, people would dig trenches around their dwellings, towns, and fortresses. These trenches, also known as moats, were filled with water and used to protect the people from intruders. With the growth of businesses and business ownership during the mid-1700s, people started using security guards to protect their properties. The royals also used security guards for their personal protection. Today, the human touch is still used to offer protection.

The Development of Security Systems

One of the alarm systems that closely resemble home security alarms today was the electromagnetic alarm in the mid-1800s. This alarm was used by wealthy people to secure their possessions. Electromagnetic sensors were place in doors and windows, and when an intruder crossed them, they would set off a loud alarm and scare off the intruder.

It wasn't until after World War I that Americans really started prioritizing safety and protection. People started using the services of door shakers. If you paid for this service, a guard would "shake" your door handle at nighttime, to make sure that it was locked. Years later, in 1966, a nurse named Marie Van Brittan Brown invented the first video home security system and the ability to open a door with a remote control. These were the first major developments leading to the home security systems we know today.

Home Security Systems Today

Today's home security systems are either linked to a landline, or cellular or broadband connection. When the alarm is set off, any one of these three systems can communicate with the monitoring center. If you don't turn off the alarm within a certain period, the center will call you to inquire about the alarm. If it's a false alarm, you must provide your password to stop all further action. If no password is given, or if you don't respond to the call, the police will be sent over to your resident to ensure that there's no burglary taking place. Some home alarm systems can be controlled through your cell phone or tablet. In addition to arming and disarming the alarm system, mobile access to your alarm system can come with other features. You can, for instance, unlock and lock doors, turn the lights on or off, set the thermostat, and more. You can also install a security system with cameras that record every action that occurs on your property. This type of security is often used by business owners. Also, if you're renting a home, or if you plan on moving in a few years, you can install a wireless alarm. This allows you to take your alarm system with you when you move. Some other features that are available when it comes to home security include a glass break sensor, smoke detectors, flood sensors, and carbon monoxide and motion detectors.

When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, installing an alarm system might just be the best decision you'll make. When you do install a home security system, place the provided signs and stickers in visible areas of your property. These signs let burglars know that your property is secured, and makes it less likely for them to invade your home.


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