Choosing a new phone is hard these days. Choosing the right home security company? Even harder. Homeowners and renters have too many choices to make a decision without research. Here are some tips for find the security company that works best for your family.
Types Of Security Systems
There are four different types of security systems. Your local security company may offer one or all.
1. Local System
Local systems are the most basic system available. The alarm is localized to your home and does not connect to a monitoring center. This means that when an alarm goes off only the inhabitants and any neighboring residents will hear it.
The benefit of a local system is the price. These systems typically cost the least to purchase and install. The disadvantage is that local systems are the least effective. Authorities are not notified if no one is there to hear the alarm and call for help.
2. Standard System
Standard alarm systems connect your home to a monitoring center. When something trips the alarm the monitoring center is notified. A professional at the security company then attempts to verify if the situation is an emergency. The representative may contact you directly by a home phone or cell phone. Your security system may ask for an override code. Protocol differs from company to company and may vary depending on the alarm trigger. The representative then contacts local authorities like law enforcement and the fire department to investigate.
Standard systems connect to monitoring centers by phone landline, broadband connection, or cellular connection.
- Landline: This setup uses your landline to communicate with the monitoring system.
- Broadband: Communication is performed through your internet connection. It is faster than a landline.
- Cellular: A cellular uplink communicates between the monitoring center and your alarm. Cellular systems are the most reliable because they are faster and the line cannot be cut.
3. Wireless System
Wireless security systems operate through a landline, broadband, or cellular connection just like a standard system. Some systems come equipped with a wireless communication device that connects with the monitoring system by itself.
Wireless systems are usually easily installed and removed. Renters and homeowners who move frequently benefit from wireless systems. The system moves with them to their new home. Burglars cannot disable the wireless system by cutting the power if the system is connected to a cell phone or has its own connection. This makes it the most secure option.
4. Home Automation
Home automation systems are the most advanced security option. Home automation allows home owners to control their home security settings remotely. Some systems even go so far as to allow you to remotely adjust energy settings and monitor security cameras.
Security companies offer additional features alongside their systems. You can elect to add flood detection and smoke detection. Some systems monitor interior temperature. It is a good idea to install these and other features to maximize home security:
- Flood detection
- Smoke detection
- Temperature monitoring
- Surveillance cameras
- Outdoor motion sensor lighting
DIY Installation Or Professional?
Some systems are easy to install yourself. Others require professional installation. Research the system you want before attempting home installation. Pay for professional installation if you do not honestly believe you can install it yourself. The installation fee is not worth a faulty monitoring system.
Wireless systems are typically easier to install than wired. That does not mean you should attempt DIY installation without proper research.
Know Your Needs
Now that you know what types of systems are out there it is time to examine your needs. Do you have a large or small family? Do you work from home or in an office? Is a loved one home during the day while you are at work? Do you live in an area with high crime or fire incidents? What is your budget?
Areas with high crime rates require more security. Living in an area with low crime does not eliminate your risks. Burglars are three times more likely to break into your home if you do not have a security system. Part of protection is prevention. Burglars are not the only threat. Your family is more likely to experience a fire than a burglary. Security systems are a good idea regardless of where you live. Low crime areas require less security. They still require a decent security system.
Do you have a landline in your home? Do you carry a cell phone with you at all times? Decide whether you want your connection to be internet based, landline, or cellular.
Do you rent or own? Consult with your landlord about property restrictions prior to purchasing a system. Consider a wireless system that you can take with you when you move.
Ask A Professional
Ask a security company representative for information about the system you think works for you. It is their job to answer your questions. Compare quotes and services and consult product reviews.
Don’t wait too long. Your family deserves protection. Start the process today.