Many homeowners are choosing to purchase a home security system these days. With hard economic conditions, criminals are getting more aggressive and home invasions are also rising every year.
Getting a security system can help protect your personal property and give you peace of mind that your family is safe.
There is one main problem however when selecting a home security system. You have so many options that it's easy to get confused and wonder about which system is best for you. This article will outline a few of your main options.
When getting started you have a few choices when it comes to home security. You can get a professional to install it for you or you can buy a DIY (do-it-yourself) security system.
There are 2 basic types of systems: hard wired or wireless. A hard-wired system is more labor-intensive (you have to run wires throughout your home behind the walls) so it's probably best to go with a professional here.
A hard-wired system is less vulnerable to interference than a wireless system and can also be more difficult to disable. Wired systems are usually the best option in pre-construction homes since they can be built as the home is built.
If you move into a house that already contains a wired security system, you can then decide whether you want to contract a security monitoring service or just use the alarm system to alert you to danger.
Wireless systems on the other hand give you more flexibility in terms of where you can put the cameras, motion detectors etc. Wireless systems can be installed by a professional.
Some homeowners also choose to install a wireless system on their own. If you're handy and are willing to take it slow and learn as you go, this can be very cost effective.
Wireless systems also allow you to build on them and add to them as your security needs increase (for example if you add an addition to your home or want to add a kiddie watch camera to your pool area).
Another benefit to a wireless system is that often you can take it with you should you decide to move. A hard-wired system is not transportable but it can be a selling asset when you go to sell your home.
When you've decided on the type of system (wired vs wireless, professional vs diy), you can then decide whether you want a monthly monitoring service like ADT or Brinks - or just use a home alarm that lets you know when something goes wrong.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each and it depends on what level of protection you want. A monitoring service gives you a third party to watch out for you and your family - but it's also a monthly monitoring fee.
Another advantage to having a home security system is that it can save you money on your home insurance. In fact it can almost pay for itself, depending on what kind of home insurance policy you have.
Regardless of what you opt to do, realize that you have a lot of options. Take your time to educate yourself on what makes a quality security system for your home. Don't buy a cheap system that can be easily disabled. This may make you feel safe - but burglars will just laugh at you while they walk by with your TV.
When you know what to look for and choose the right protection system for your home, you'll feel and actually truly be protected.