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Many homeowners already have door alarms set up. These alarms are just as they sound; whenever a door is opened, an alarm will go off, alerting everyone to the fact that a door has been opened. Obviously it can be turned off with a code, and of course there are times when it would be silly to have it set. That being said, a door alarm is the first step to complete homeowner protection.

There are a few different types of door alarms. The most prevalent systems are usually ones that have been mounted somewhere, close to the monitored door, and come with their own code pad. These can be set easily for when you go on vacation, and when you come back, all you have to do is enter the code. If you want to take security with you on the go, then consider looking into a portable door alarm. These don’t need to be mounted anywhere — they can be hung from a doorknob instead. There’s also a type of alarm nicknamed the door stop alarm, because it’s shaped like a typical door stop and you place it underneath. When it feels pressure, the alarm is triggered. Although different companies may have different alarm sounds, typically speaking, the alarm is loud enough to be heard throughout the house and possibly outside as well.

So you have your door alarm, and maybe it’s been set off. Hopefully, the intruder realizes that they’ve been caught, and backs down or runs away from the scene. That’s all a door alarm does — make noise. Although it’s a good concept, it’s important to note that. Instead of relying solely on the door alarm, consider looking into a full security package; i.e. an alarm monitoring system. If the alarm goes off, your security company will immediately call you and/or bring police to the location. Can things like this sometimes be a false alarm? Yes, but it’s always better to be safe when it comes to home security.