What to Consider when Investigating Home Security Systems

by Greg on May 6, 2012

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A home security system is designed to do two things: protect your home in the event that there’s an emergency, and give you peace of mind when there isn’t an emergency. Accordingly, you want to have a comprehensive home security system that covers the most likely contingencies. You want to have one that works, too, and that’s going to be there for you when you need it.

As you investigate home security system options, here are a few key factors you want to keep in mind:

1. Your first choice is going to be between a monitored system and an unmonitored system. An unmonitored system is going to be cheaper, and you’re probably going to have to install it yourself. A monitored system comes with a monthly fee, but you may be able to get your equipment at a reduced cost because of it. Which you choose depends on your budget and the level of security you want.

2. Your home security system needs to cover every point of entry to your home. That means you’re going to need sensors for every window and door. That includes the second-story bedroom windows, and the skylight – if you’re going to be thorough, that is. Don’t leave any point of entry unguarded.

3. A home security system is only effective if it’s properly used. If you have a system and don’t arm it when you leave the house, it won’t help you. There are some systems that come with built-in times to activate the system at specific times of day. Other systems come with remote access so you can arm your system or even monitor it from a smartphone.

4. There are other important home security steps you need to take, too. Simply installing a home security system isn’t always enough. For example, you need to make sure you have deadbolt locks on your exterior doors. You need to be certain that your landscaping doesn’t obscure entry points from the street. Don’t leave obvious invitations to burglars, such as leaving your garage door up.

5. Home security systems need regular testing, monitoring, and maintenance. Most systems today are wireless, which means they have batteries that need to be replaced from time to time. If you have a monitored home security system, your monitoring company is likely to keep an eye on these things, but if not you’ll need to regularly test your system.

6. Neighbors, if you have them, are one of your best home security assets. Neighborhood groups can have a significant impact on crime levels. If your neighborhood doesn’t have a group such as Neighborhood Watch, talk to someone in local law enforcement about getting a group started today.

Your home is only as safe as you’re willing to make it. Take some time to evaluate your situation, and implement a home security plan that works for you. Approach it from several levels, such as home alarm systems, landscaping, and neighborhood groups, for maximum protection.

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Written by Madison Parker

Madison Parker is a security expert whose interest range from personal to home security systems. Get more tips and advice on the blog Home Security Systems!

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John Anderson September 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It is undeniable that crime rate all over the world is high, and still is escalating that is why home security system installment should be one among of the many approaches we should make to ensure safety in homes.

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