Installing monitored safety and security devices in your home can reduce your homeowner’s insurance up to 20 percent. Not only that, but statistics show that a home with an alarm system is less likely to be targeted by a thief. The alarm company will have stickers that display on your doors and windows that tell thieves the house is secured. Installing a home security system is a no brainer, but with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which system is right for you.
There are a wide variety of security systems available and each has different features that set it apart from competitors. Here are 3 factors to consider when choosing a security system for your home
1. Monitoring: How the system communicates with its monitoring center.
2. Installation: The method of installation, either professional or DIY.
3. Home Automation: The ability to control various actions in your home beyond security. This includes turning lights on and off, thermostat settings, and much more.
DIY Security Systems: Professional home security systems can be daunting, especially when you are on a budget. Fortunately, there are DIY security options you can find in any price range, from simple setups with just door/window sensors to high-tech wireless solutions that can protect any size home. You can purchase any home security system that fits your budget as well as your lifestyle. However, with DIY security systems you will be responsible for monitoring your home, so it’s up to you to call the police if you need help. Also, you will be the one responsible for working with your insurance company if a break-in occurs. Anything not covered by your insurance company, will have to be paid for out of your pocket.
Professional Security Systems: Professional security systems have become more sophisticated over time and include high tech sensors that detect broken locks, opened doors/windows, unexpected movements, broken glass, and other intrusion events. While the equipment is going to be of higher quality and provide better security, it will also be more expensive. However, most security companies offer a drastic discount or free equipment when you sign a monitoring contract. Professional monitoring can range from $20 to $100 a month depending on the company, and can include 24/7 burglary, fire, medical, and environmental monitoring. If your home does get broken into and your security system was armed at the time of the robbery, the burglars will be less likely to continue inside your home because of the alarm, and the police will be dispatched quickly, allowing a greater chance for the burglars to be caught.
By comparing the various features of each security system and the companies that produce them, will allow you to choose the system that works best for your situation, budget, and lifestyle.