In the beginning

  1. Early home construction consisted of less exposed glass, doors were heavier, and exterior wall construction was substantial (stone & brick).
  2. In response to an increase in crime after World War 1, security personnel called ‘door shakers’ were employed to check if doors were locked in residences.
  3. Next, local alarm systems with a bell, siren, and glass & motion sensors were installed to protect larger homes with more open designs.
  4. Police-connected alarms wired to urban residences and businesses followed.
  5. Digital monitored systems with no distance limitations were then developed.
  6. Cellular monitoring connected small or large systems to company-owned central monitoring centers, eliminating the risk of cut phone lines.
  7. Video cameras for local and remote live surveillance & recording became available.
  8. Home automation started to appear, tying various security systems together for easier use.
  9. DIY alarm systems became ubiquitous.



The proliferation of alarms and subsequent false alarms caused authorities to institute verified responses, which many feel increased response time to 15 – 45 minutes or longer.


  1. Back to barrier security, which involves strengthening the perimeter of existing homes.  This involves door and frame reinforcement, security film on windows, window rods to reinforce latches, higher security deadbolt locks, security doors, and safe rooms – all of these and many more to help alarm systems give occupants and authorities more time to react.



What’s coming next?


Perhaps a return to stronger construction, barrier walls around communities, guards and guard dogs, gated access, homes, communities, and protected high-rise living.





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The Progression of Home Security – What’s Next?