Home Security Systems: The Basics

Safety is the number one concern for any individual and any family. With the aid of technology, security systems can be installed to ensure the safety of your home and your belongings.

What is a Home Security System?

A home security system, in its most basic sense, is a full system designed to secure your home from a varying range of threats including intrusion and fires. Of the many different types available, the two classes they are broken down to are DIY and alarm company monitoring systems.

Who Needs One?

Everyone needs a sense of security. Even if you only want a smoke detector hooked up to a monitoring system that alerts the fire department, security is something you cannot go without.

How Much Does It Cost?

For DIY security systems, outdoor fake security cameras that blink at intruders can cost less than $10 but if you require all the bells and whistles, expect to pay upward of $500.

Monitored systems run by companies such as Brink generally provide installation specials starting around $100 but can exceed $1,000. After that, there is a monthly monitoring fee with an average cost of $30.

Is It Easy to Install?

Installation for both types is easy with many now wireless. Some companies even provide customers with a home security package that they can then install within their house in a way that makes sense. Many are adjustable, since they are not hardwired, and can be moved around the home as necessary.

Home Security System Types

Hardwired: The originators of the home security system, the hardwired systems are attached to the wiring system of the home, allowing it to communicate with the monitoring service through the landline. Since it runs on power from the home, if the power goes out, it is useless unless it has a backup battery.

Internet-Based: The biggest difference with this system is the signal transmission because emergency signals are sent through the internet connection. If this connection is out, however, so too is your security system.

Cellular: One of the newest additions to home security systems, these are the most expensive because of the chance of you needing a SIM card and other phone number for the system. It works by sending the alarm signal through cellular phone towers.

Wireless: They run off of the landline like the hardwired but all of the components that make up the system are wireless, making this the easiest to install and move.

What Do You Look For?

Before investing any money, do some research on the topic. Know what kind of system is best for the size of house you have as well as the amount you are willing to spend. This alone can determine if you go with a monitored system or not. Also, read consumer reports of different companies to verify that what you’re purchasing is reliable.

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Muay Thai: A Beginner’s Guide

Muay Thai is an ancient boxing discipline from the hills of Thailand. Also known as “the art of eight limbs,” it distinguishes itself from other martial arts through its use of all body parts in combat, not just hands and feet. Instead of simply punching or kicking their opponents, Muay Thai fighters use fists, arms, elbows, knees and shins for combative strikes and cinches.


It’s unknown when and where Muay Thai came from, though early forms of muay boran in Cambodia look similar and might have influenced its growth. Most researchers assume that Muay Thai evolved naturally from street fighting in Siam, eventually transitioning from wrestling and roughhousing into a more disciplined art that was refined through the centuries with practice and practical experience.

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photography by Thomas sauzedde

The furthest legitimate records on Muay Thai date back to the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the early 1300s. Royals of the time period were guarded by Krom Nak Muay (literally “Muay Fighters Regiment”), an elite squad of defenders who were tasked with guarding their monarch in this life and the next.


Techniques in Muay Thai fall into two categories:

- Mae mai, or major techniques, include punches, jabs, hooks and uppercuts. These are practiced with movements of the entire body, not just the arm, and they’re often followed through with strikes from elbows and knees. Kicks are also mae mai, though they’re never delivered with ostentation, only precision and force. They can take the form of shin, foot, knee and heel strikes.

- Luk mai, or minor techniques, are mostly blocks and other defensive maneuvers, which aren’t considered dishonorable in Muay Thai. Taking a blow is one of the first things Muay Thai fighters learn how to do. A well-rounded Muay Thai education will include offensive strikes and evasion, disruption and redirection techniques.


Given that most modern fighting takes place in a ring, there’s a great emphasis on conditioning among Muay Thai practitioners. Fighters need to be strong enough to both land and roll with a blow, and they’ll need extreme endurance as well, since matches can last up to five rounds.

Here are a few common conditioning techniques found in Muay Thai training:

- Running
- Lifting
- Shadow boxing
- Strength training
- Jump roping
- Pain tolerance
- Clinching


Traditional Muay Thai has many rules about appearance, attire and legal techniques, but the lines are becoming blurred with the increased cross-fertilization of Muay Thai and MMA. For example:

- In old-school Muay Thai, boxers exchange blows one at a time. In modern competitions, this is often waived to give the audience a more exciting show.

- Muay Thai is Thailand is fought in nothing but trunks and boxing gloves. The head, feet and chest are all bare, the better for utilizing the entire body for the fight. Muay Thai abroad usually has stricter safety rules and may require helmets or shirts.


Though greatly changed from its early days of brawling, Muay Thai has survived hundreds of years more or less intact. Perhaps one day it will evolve again, and “the art of eight limbs” will transform into something even greater and more impressive.

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