Despite recent headlines over concerns about privacy and security systems, according to the FBI, more than 2 million homes are burglarized in the United States every year. A burglary about every 13 seconds. To avoid becoming a statistic, victim of a burglary, purchasing a home security system is still your best option. Here's a list of 10 things you should know before you buy a home security system. For one, asset protection devices can alert you even if there is no physical evidence.
1. Asset protection devices protect valuables.
There are devices that will alert you if your valuables have been tampered with. Asset protection devices can let you know if a jewelry box has been opened, a valuable object has been moved or a safe has been tampered, despite there being no visible physical evidence.
Not only useful when it comes to theft, but for reassurance in instances where a repair person, a house cleaner comes into your home while you're not home. You will know whether they disturbed your valuable items. When thinking about asset protection devices, consider how many you will need.
2. Burglar alarms are not the same as home security systems.
There are some major differences between a burglar alarm and a home security system. Home security systems help protect you and your family. A burglar alarm is the traditional type of alarm system that has sensors on doors and windows. It will alert you or law enforcement (per your settings) that an intruder has entered into your home. Very beneficial. A home security system can also warn you about environmental dangers, such as fire, carbon monoxide and even flooding.
3. Security systems operate even during power outages.
Many homeowners are concerned about how the home security system is powered. Suppose you are on vacation and get word that there was a storm in your neighborhood that knocked out the electricity. Is your home security system still on? Is your home protected? Should you return home? But, typically, no matter what type of system you have, it will continue to operate even when there is no power at your home. A traditional system that is powered by electricity is typically low voltage, which means it doesn’t actually take a lot of power to run the system. And these types of systems contain a large battery that will back up the system when the main power is out. There are also solar-powered security systems. You can set this up to be only one component, such as an outdoor security camera, or your entire system can be run on solar power. More costly, but if you are concerned about power outages, or prefer "green" solutions that will provide security even when there is no electricity, this is the best option.
4. Size is important.
Some security companies may tell you one security system is perfect for everyone. This is not accyurate. There are several types and sizes are available, each of which can be customized to fit your needs. Larger systems will be more costly, but they also provide you with a higher level of security, designed specifically to fit your home and your way of life.>A small system might be fine for an apartment or small home. But if you have a larger home, a larger system that can handle a larger amount of information and monitoring is desirable. A large home requires a system that covers all the doors and windows, as well as the grounds.
5. Home security systems are affordable.
Even on a limited budget, you can have a home security system. Possibly consider a traditional burglar alarm system with sensors on your doors and windows, and alert you to any intruders. While not as advanced as a home security system, a burglar alarm will provide adequate protection for your valuables and your family. More budget allows for a system that is larger, is more advanced and has extra features. This can include fire alarms, carbon monoxide alerts and intruder alerts, and can provide you with immediate access to emergency personnel. A more advanced system can also include the use of asset protection devices.
6. The installation processes are different.
The installation process of your home security system is dependent on what type you purchase. The traditional wired system will need to be installed by a professional, and often requires some drilling of holes in your walls to connect the sensors to the main alarm system. Conversely, a wireless system is much easier to install, as no drilling is required. In most cases, wireless systems are battery-powered, although some are powered by solar panels. Installation will also depend on the company you purchase it through; special equipment may be needed to connect you directly to the security company or emergency personnel. Find out ahead of placing your order what is required for the installation so that you are aware of the process and prepared.
7. Personal security systems.
Many home security systems offer personal security options. A slip or a fall, or medical emergency might make it impossible for you to get to a phone. It could take an over-long time for someone to come looking for you. A pendant or bracelet with a push button can immediately put you in touch with emergency services. This type of service will make help available to you 24 hours a day. This is a great option for the elderly, as well as those who live alone or have distant neighbors.
8. Choose a service provider with care.
If you've decided that a home security system is important to you, and understand what services are available, it's time to choose a provider. How long the company has been in business is a first consideration. At least 10 years of service, modern, updated systems, and a record of good customer service are all good metrics. The distance between you and the monitoring location is also paramount and recommendation is no more than 250 miles away. The farther from a monitoring location, the longer the time for the alarm to relay and provide help.
9. Additional services you may not need.
You will be offered additional devices and services to increase your security. But not all of the devices are worth the price. Possibly you have no valuable paintings, objects, jewelry, a safe you want specifically protected. You wouldn't need asset protection devices. If you do have valuable and high-dollar items, then asset protection is worth investing in.Depending on your situation, personal alarm systems with immediate access to emergency services. Security cameras that can be linked to your smartphone are extremely useful and no longer "futuristic". They're nearly a part of everyday life. These allow you to monitor your home even while you are away.
10. There are other benefits.
The security of knowing your personal possessions and home are protected, many homeowners policies offer reduced premiums for homes with security systems installed. See if your insurance carrier offers this discount, and what is required of the system to receive the discount. More advanced home security systems provide you with an alert if one of your appliances is not working properly and could cause damage to your home. Knowing a home security system is in place also give guests, babysitters and nannies peace of mind, knowing that they are safe and secure in your home.
So, do your research to find out what you need in a security system, or if you need one at all. But, overall, everyone deserves to have their home, property and family protected!