Selecting the Right Home Security System

Locking your doors does not provide 100% proof from dangers. Based on a study by Temple University, approximately 23% of burglaries in the US involved breaking through a window, 9% through a garage, and 4% through the basement.

Keeping homes safe and secure requires more than just a deadbolt. However, only one out of five homeowners in America has a security system in their home according to JP Morgan and Co., a market research firm. If you want a complete peace of mind whether you’re inside your home or away on a vacation, then it’s time you consider getting the right security system for your home.

Getting Started

There are several types of home security systems, which make the task of choosing a little confusing. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association may be able to help. The association provides free guidebook covering different types of alarm systems and their features, uses, and benefits. The association can also provide you a list of security companies servicing your area.

Monitored vs Non-monitored Security System

There are four basic types of home security systems. These are burglary security system; fire alarm system; burglary and fire alarm system; and various non-monitored security systems. The key components of a home security system typically includes video monitoring, audio monitoring, door and window sensors, motion sensors, and panic buttons.

Security systems are either monitored or non-monitored. Monitored systems offer the best security as they are watched by a security company 24/7. If your security system is activated, you are given 30 to 45 seconds to deactivate it to prevent false alarm. If the alarm is not deactivated within the said time frame, the security system sends a message to the security company. The company contacts the homeowner for the security passcode. If the homeowner is not contacted or provides the wrong security code, the security company contacts the police.

Non-monitored systems rely more on your neighbors for contacting your neighbors. There’s no 24/7 surveillance by a remote security company. Instead, you have on-site sirens and flashing lights that are activated when someone breaks into your home.

Wireless vs Hardwire

Installation is another important consideration when choosing a security system for the home. Wireless installation is significantly less expensive than hardwired, so your budget will play a role in your choice here. The type of security system you choose will also determine the kind of installation needed. Some security systems require hardwired installation, while some can be installed wirelessly.




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