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The complete idiot's guide to home security

Author: Tom Davidson; Lorna Gentry
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Covers creating a home security plan, assessing local public safety agencies, planning a budget, alarm systems, home survellience, and protecting a car.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Davidson; Lorna Gentry
ISBN: 0028639510 9780028639512
OCLC Number: 46499887
Description: xix, 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A Closer Look at Home (In)Security --
Why You Need a Home Security Plan --
Somebody Call a Cop! --
It Won't Happen to Me! --
Isn't That Why I Have Insurance? --
Reducing Your Insurance Premium --
What Insurance Can Do for You --
How Much Is Your Home Security Plan Worth? --
Principles of Protection --
A Quick Sketch of Crime --
Crime Is a Three-Way Street --
Think Like a Crime-Stopper --
Do I Smell Smoke? --
Only You Can Prevent Most House Fires --
Think Fire-Free. Strong Threads in Your Security Net --
Home Security Snafus --
Is There a Burglar in the House? --
A Get-Away for Victim and Crook --
We Have New Stuff! --
The Check Was in the Mail --
That Darn Cat! --
Playing with Fire --
I Think I'll Smoke for a While --
I Like My Kitchen Well-Done, Thanks --
Kids Love Fire --
Look up in the Sky! It's Handyman! --
Say Goodbye to Your Car --
I Was Just Warmin' It Up for You! --
Can I Take You for a Ride? --
Not in Your Backyard, Eh? Risky Business --
Calculating Your Risks --
Is This Really Necessary? --
Do-It-Yourself Assessment --
Fact-Finding, Sleuthing, and "Neighboring" --
Analyzing the Facts --
A Good, Hard Look at Your Weaknesses --
What Do You Stand to Lose? --
People vs. Things --
Is It Replaceable? --
The High Price of Worry --
Is That a Risk You Have to Take? --
Say Bye-Bye to That Risk --
Encouraging Risk Sprawl by Spreading Risk Around --
From Me to You: Transferring Risks. Accepting the Risks That You Can't (or Choose Not to) Lose --
Pulling Together the Facts --
How Safe Is Your Neighborhood? --
Look Around Your Neighborhood --
Check the Police Blotter, and Chat Over the Fence --
How Safe Is Your Home or Apartment? --
The Great Outdoors --
Down on the Farm --
Inside Your Castle --
How Safe Is Your Lifestyle? --
And Now What ...? --
Grade Your Public Safety Agencies --
Tracking Down Your Local Agencies --
Local, County, and State Police Agencies. What's Cooking at Your Local Fire Station --
Useful Utilities Information --
Emergency Help Is on the Way --
What Your Assessment Reveals --
Putting a Face on Your Security Risks --
Your Neighborhood Risks --
Your Home or Apartment Risk Assessment --
Your Lifestyle, Baby! --
What Are My Risks? --
Adding Up Crime Risks and Susceptibilities --
Adding Up Fire Risks and Susceptibilities --
Adding Up Your Susceptibility to Accidents --
How Much Can You Lose? What's the Worst That Could Happen? --
How Good Are the Rescuers? --
Adding It All Up --
Bam! Your List of Must-Fix Security Issues Is Ready --
Home Security Doesn't Have to Break the Bank --
Calculating Your Security Budget --
Options for Reducing or Eliminating --
The Risks You Face --
Stay on Your Side of the Fence, Please --
The Classics: Locks, Bolts, Pins, and Titanium --
Alarm Systems and Other Hoopla --
For a Really Moving Security Experience --
Somebody's Watching You. Step Away from the Car! --
In Your Own Estimation --
Price Check --
Don't Forget the Savings! --
Security in the Balance --
Fast, Easy, Cheap Crime-Fighting Basics --
Your First Layer of Security --
Neighborhood Security Shape-up --
Minimum (Cost) Security at Home --
I'm Cheap --
but Safe! --
And While You're at It ...! --
Low-Cost Commonsense Fire Safety Techniques --
The Fireproof Hearth and Home --
The Great Detectors --
Planning Your Great Escape --
Be Your Own Bodyguard. Everyday Security Smarts --
A Word About Self-Defense --
Home-Alone Security --
Mind the Baby Sitter! --
Home-Away-from-Home Security --
Before You Leave --
On the Road (or in the Air) --
To Rage, or Not to Rage? That's a Question? --
Your Name Here _____: Branding Your Stuff --
So, What Do You Want to Record? --
Take a Picture, Why Don'tcha? --
Taking the Photos --
Putting Together Your Photo Record --
Beware, the Mark of ME! --
Make Those Lists! Stir It Up: Start a Neighborhood Crime Watch --
Count the Ways Neighborhood Watch Helps You --
Get Things Going --
Your First Meeting --
Things to Watch For --
Keep the Ball Rolling --
What's Left to Do? --
The Way We Were --
How Hot Are Your Fire Security Fixes? --
What Does Your New List Tell You? --
Ready to Take It to the Next Level? --
Bells and Whistles: Using Alarm Systems --
The Shocking Truth About Security Alarms --
All in the Family: Alarm Basics --
The Four Horsemen. The Parts Department --
Some Sensational Add-Ons! --
Hard-Wired or Wireless? --
Would You Like Monitoring with That? --
You're Ready to Design Your System --
Choosing Your Alarms and Diversions --
Choosing Your Components --
Eliminating Windows (and Doors) of Opportunity --
I Second That Motion Detection --
Do You Need an Exterior Alarm System? --
Above and Beyond --
Security by Design --
A Zoned Defense --
Get Out Your Floor Plan --
Calling in the Pros. Do-It-Yourself Alarm Systems --
Using Your System Design --
Getting in the Zone --
Untangling the Wireless Installation --
A Few Basic Tools --
Everything in Its Place: Siting the System Console --
Installing the Console --
Installing the Window/Door Sensors --
Installing a Wireless Motion Detector --
Installing Other Wireless Components --
Hard-Wiring Made Easy --
Get Your Tools Ready --
Work from Your System Design Floor Plan --
Wire It Up! --
Check Your Wiring, as You Go. Wiring in the Sensor Switches --
Installing the Control Panel --
Installing Magnetic Door/Window Switches --
Installing a Motion Detector --
Installing Panic Alarms --
Installing and Programming Your Telephone Dialer --
Installing Strobes, Sirens, and So On --
A Little Troubleshooting on the Side --
I've Got an Eye on You, Babe! Setting Up Home Survellience --
Smile, You're on Hidden Camera! --
Looking at Video Surveillance from Both Sides. What Your Video Surveillance System Can Do for You --
What Video Surveillance Can Do to You --
Is Surveillance for You? --
What's It Gonna Cost Me? --
Wireless Component Prices --
A Brief Look at Hard-Wired Component Prices --
Even Big Brother Needs an Attorney --
Installing That Eye in the Sky --
Is This a Do-It-Yourself Project for You? --
A VSS Installation Glossary --
Installing a Wireless System --
Figuring Out Your System's Point of View --
Installing the System. Connecting the Components --
Special Concerns for Outdoor Installations --
Hooking Up a Nanny-Cam --
Recording What Your System Sees --
An Eye Toward the Future --
Putting a Lid on Other Issues in Home Security --
Here Comes the Judge! --
A Homeowner's Rights of Protection --
Let's Be Reasonable About This --
Citizen's Arrest! Citizen's Arrest! --
Man Traps, Booby Traps, and Other Ways to Get into Trouble --
You Need to Know a Bit About Premises Liability. Limiting Your Risk of Liability --
It's a Dog-Eat-Dog World --
Some Parting Thoughts on Judgment --
Good and Bad --
I Love My Car: Guarding Against Vehicle Theft --
What Are You Protecting Your Car From? --
Chop, Borrow, and Steal --
Alarm It! --
Some Physical Deterrents --
If You Can't Stop the Theft, You Might Catch the Thief --
Don't Forget These "Don't Steal My Car" Basics --
When Bad Things Happen to Good Security Plans --
First Things First --
What to Do if a Fire Breaks Out. After a Burglary or Theft --
Be an Evidence Preservationist --
Be Sure About Insurance --
Talk to Your Neighbors --
Can Lightning Strike Twice? --
Prosecution Without Persecution.
Other Titles: Complete idiot's guide
Home security
Responsibility: by Tom Davidson and Lorna Gentry.


Covers creating a home security plan, assessing local public safety agencies, planning a budget, alarm systems, home survellience, and protecting a car.


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