How Secure is the White House? Fence Jumper Highlights Home Security

How Secure is the White House? Fence Jumper Highlights Home Security
White House fence

White House fence

The White House may seem an unlikely Washington residence in need of home security, but a fence jumper has now changed that perception of safety.

Secret Service members have launched a security review to learn how a man recently was able to get inside the door of the White House. The 42-year-old dashed across the lawn and managed to step inside the executive mansion before being apprehended.

Reports say he was carrying a knife.

Just how the man made it as far as he did without the Secret Service intervening will be a top question for investigators.

Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, says lawmakers, too, would likely investigate the incident.

How "someone could actually get into the White House without being stopped is inexcusable," the Republican lawmaker tells Fox News.

It’s a sentiment being echoed all over Washington and its suburbs, as neighbors start to rethink their own home security. It's also a question local home security system companies may want to be prepared to answer in the coming weeks.

No Secret Service for You? Discover Your Security Needs

It's doubtful your house needs the protection of the Secret Service, but home owners should select an alarm system according to their unique situation and budget. Many security companies offer packaged systems that you can compare side by side.

You should look at the security measures in each package, and then evaluate the applicability of each to your specific protection needs.

Select particular features that match your situation, whether you live in a Columbia Heights studio apartment or a Craftsman in Cleveland Park. For example, if you experience frequent power outages, a security system that uses battery back-up would be a practical choice.

Lifestyle patterns are also a factor. If your family travels frequently, you may need a monitoring service to handle any alerts that may occur while you are away.

If you do purchase a monitoring subscription, make sure you read the contractual fine print. Details such as how many alert calls per month to the service are included in the contract can increase the cost.

False alarms can happen frequently, and some alarm companies will charge for them.

Custom Features can Take Home Security to a New Level

Many security companies can add on additional features, such as infrared and sound-wave sensors. Panic buttons can be added in any room.

Pressure mats located beneath carpeting at doorways can detect when an intruder steps into the room. You can also ramp up your security level with more sophisticated add-ons, such as closed-circuit video for full monitoring inside your home and out.

Most companies also offer yard signs and window decals to warn potential burglars that a house is protected by an alarm service. Your options — both high-tech and low-tech — are extensive.

All these choices make you wonder what add-on features the White House can expect in the near future.

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