Thursday, May 29, 2014

Choosing a home security system

Being secure in your own home and neighborhood is essential for peace of mind, and many homeowners find themselves investing in home security systems in order to achieve that state of mind.

If you're handy with a screwdriver, you may want to find a security company that allows you to install the equipment yourself. If you plan on moving in the near future, a DIY kit will allow you to take the system with you to your new home.

But in addition to being costly, there are a great number of variations on the home security system market, so it's important that you find a system that works not only for your budget, but for your security needs as well.

What kind of security do you need?

You may be considering getting a security system more for mischievous teenagers than cat burglars. Do you require security cameras, motion sensors, or silent alarms? If you feel you live in a fairly secure area, a loud house alarm may be more than enough to scare off would-be troublemakers. In riskier neighborhoods, cameras and a silent alarm that alerts the police may be a better fit for your needs. It all depends on your neighborhood.

Do-it-yourself vs professional installation

If you're handy with a screwdriver, you may want to find a security company that allows you to install the equipment yourself. If you plan on moving in the near future, a DIY kit will allow you to take the system with you to your new home. 

If neither of the above conditions applies to you, a more complicated system may be best installed by a professional from the security company of your choice. They will explain how the system works, and should help with any concerns or questions you might have.

Monitoring options

It's important to have confidence that your security system will always be online and monitored by your chosen security company. A landline-monitoring system can go down if the lines are cut, but is generally considered reliable. 

A cellular-monitored system is considered more reliable and faster than landline monitoring but is also one of the more expensive options. 

Finally, a security system monitored via your broadband connection communicates with the monitoring center using your internet connection, which means it may not be as reliable as the cellular option, but it is often cheaper. 


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