If you've been the victim of a burglary at your home, then it's understandable to feel violated, shocked and vulnerable. It's also very understandable that you want to increase your home's security in the wake of a burglary to make it more secure both practically and emotionally. Installing a security system is the best way to do this, and here are the three key components that you should include.

1. Door and window alarms

Alarms that are triggered when an unwelcome visitor attempts to open any of your doors and windows are an important part of a home security system. Alarms work by alerting you to unlawful entry, deterring burglars with the highly audible sound and providing a security company and the police with an alert to attend to your property.

Good-quality alarms are expensive, but they are worth the investment. A security company can wire them into all of your home's entry points and provide you with keypads which allow you to arm the system as needed.

2. Sensor lights

Many burglars rely on the cover of darkness to provide them with an unobserved place to break into your home. You can rob them of this benefit by installing sensor lights that light up when they detect movement outside your home. They can be set up to respond automatically and also on command when activated by your alarm keypad if desired.

For sensor lights to be most effective, they need to be installed in the right locations. All doors should be covered, as well as other entry points such as ground floor windows, gates and driveways.

3. Security cameras

As well as requiring their illegal entry into your home to be quiet and dark, burglars also want to get away without being identified. Installing security cameras is the final step you'll need to take to make sure your home is a very unattractive option for burglary.

Security cameras are a visible deterrent which will repel intruders who don't want to be caught on tape in the act. If they're linked up to a viewing screen inside your home, then they also provide you with the ability to scope out any suspicious movement outside without having to leave the safety of your home.

A successful home security system should be installed by a professional security contractor. They can provide you with the right equipment and ensure that it's installed in the best places to provide your home with the safety and security that you need.