The Right Security System: What Should I Look For?

Step 1: Choose An Alarm System Based On Its Features:

Choosing a security system's features should be co-related to your home's size and location without you having to spend money for unnecessary components. For example, if you live in a small home located within a relatively quiet, safe neighborhood, you may only require a simple security installation (i.e., combination of alarms, strobe lights and/or motion sensors).

Unmonitored security systems usually offer the homeowner the chance to flee to safety and call the police, but are not connected to a security monitoring company. An unmonitored system’s biggest disadvantage is that it is not always possible to physically get away from someone who has come into your home.

If you have a larger home or if you live in a neighborhood with a high crime rate, it may be prudent to install a more sophisticated monitoring security system that includes, alarms, various sensors (including glass breakage sensors) and video cameras. Adding monitoring system equipment to a basic security package ensures that a burglary-in-progress will be automatically acknowledged once your security system has been breached if it is not deactivated within 45 seconds. Once the nature of the alarm is verified, the police will quickly respond to an emergency.

Step 2: Choosing A Security System For Your Lifestyle And Budget:

If you are a person who has a routine lifestyle that does not require that you be away from your home for long periods of time, you can choose an alarm system that fits this type of lifestyle. For instance, you may be fortunate enough to have a good neighborhood watch program in your area and a home that has been integrated with relatively strong and secure windows, doors and locks. If you spend a lot of time away from home, are single, or have young children or teens living at home, you may consider choosing a security system that can be controlled via smartphone.

Choosing high quality security systems can be both affordable and effective. The cost of the average security system installation will be $110 to $130 for each motion sensor, $90 to $130 for hardwire installation for every doorway or window and roughly $20 to $50 a month for monitoring services. There are several levels of alarm systems on the market compatible for DIY installation, while other systems require installation by a professional.

Step 3: Consult A Home Security Expert:

Because the technology involved with security systems can be complex, it is helpful to consult with a security specialist for recommendations on installation and features. They will help you determine if you will need window bars, motion sensors, lights, cell backup (in case a phone line is cut), an all-in-one system with crash and smash protection (control panel, keypad, siren, dialer in one unit) and so forth. The best security system is the one that makes you feel the most confident about the safety of your loved ones and belongings.


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