Do I Need a Home Security System?
by Monique Valeris
If you care about the safety of your family and the security of your valuable belongings, you need a home security system of some kind. But many homeowners don't even know where to start. We've got some great tips to help you make an informed decision on how best to protect your home.
Pinpoint the Disadvantages
Before you even consider investing in a home alarm system, think about whether you need an electronic device or less advanced options. Could simply adding deadbolts to doors, installing quality window locks or even buying a guard dog serve as a solid option? If children are in the picture, don't forget that they may set the security system alarm off accidentally.
False alarms are a common occurrence, and if their annoyance outweighs their benefits, you might think about other security measures. However, this may be a small price to pay when it comes to the security and safety of your home.
Conduct a Walk-Through
In order to decide on the appropriate security system for your property, it's important to be aware of the exact areas where an intruder might enter. Knowing these specific points will better direct your choice of a security system, so you can choose a design that fully covers your property.
Consider Wireless vs. Hardwired
While wireless systems are more expensive than traditional models, their installation cost is much less than their hard-wired counterparts because the homeowner can set it up without the assistance of a technician.
Wireless systems have become just as sophisticated as wired ones, and include everything from closed circuit cameras to lighting/temperature detectors. However, many wireless components are battery-operated. You'll need to pay close attention to their battery levels and keep copious batteries on hand.
If you're debating whether to go wireless, know that the standard single-family home would be set with a 1-ghz receiver. A more tedious installation might require at least a 2-ghz system to ensure it's well connected to its sensors. While many wireless security systems are an easy DIY project, a more sophisticated installation on a larger home may require the help of a professional installer.
Motion Sensors Are an Option, Too
It can be helpful to install a motion sensor alarm in your yard for an added level of security (not to be confused with motion-sensor cameras, which are activated by motion). When any movement in a space is picked up, an alarm will sound off. It's an inexpensive option for increasing the level of security in your home.
Consider Additional Monitoring
Some homeowners feel more comfortable knowing that activity within their home is recorded on video in the case of an emergency. Video surveillance cameras, whether hidden or in full view in the home, may deter potential burglars, and the footage would certainly be useful in building a case with police should there be an incident. There are also third-party home monitoring companies that can patch into your security feed. Contact your local home monitoring provider for more information.
Signage is Key
Regardless of the system you choose, always place clear signage on your property's exterior to inform intruders that it's secure. Criminals are likely to bypass your property for a “softer” target if they know you're protected by home security.
Security systems offer homeowners a peace of mind and should always be chosen based on individual needs. The prices of systems vary, but their offerings are great.
It's just a matter of evaluating your property, the amount you're willing to invest, and choosing the option that will provide the best security
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