Your local news is filled with stories of break-ins and burglaries. It’s heartbreaking—and in some cases, completely avoidable.
Having a home security system can actually deter intruders. Of course, there are predators who are bold (or stupid) enough to continue with their crime-spree, even when some type of security is obviously in place. That’s when a system can be most effective. It can alert police, the fire department, and even the neighbors. It can also catch burglars in the act, via connected cameras.
According to the FBI, there were over 2.1 million burglaries in the United States in 2010. That number may get you thinking about a security system, but here are a few other things you should think about:
Monitoring Costs. This is something not covered in our slideshow, because it’s not an actual product. However, monitoring is something very important to consider. Do you want another set of eyes keeping watch on your home? There are plenty of services to choose from, but they’re going to cost you. A service that comes with 24/7 professional monitoring like ADT, Comcast and AT&T cost $29.99 to $49 month and can get first responders to your house much faster.
Again with the Money! There are other money-related things to keep in mind, besides monitoring fees. For instance, some towns charge a permit fee to have a security system, while others may charge for false alarms. Make sure to contact your installation and/or monitoring company or even your town hall to find out about any associated fees before it’s too late. Oh, you may also want to call your insurance company. They may actually give you money or discounts for having some type of alarm system installed.
Security Can Be Part of a Bigger Package. Security is easy to tie into a larger home automation system, especially lighting. If you currently have smart devices or want to add them in the near future, make sure that your security system is compatible.
Wired vs. Wireless. Hardwired systems have always ruled the security roost. However, there are a lot of great wireless options out there these days. In other words, don’t assume that adding security will require massive holes in the walls. That said, you should also know that most wireless systems aren’t completely wireless. Many require a power source or other types of wired connections.
Now that you have a few basics, let’s look at some of the basic components in our slideshow of 8 Must-Haves for Home Security.
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