With a comprehensive home security system, you can have peace of mind that your family and property will be safe at all times. But how can you choose the right home security system for your home? And what sorts of features should you look for, in particular?
We’ve answered both of these questions in the article below. See what a home security system can do for you and how to find the best system that will meet you and your family’s needs.
Why Install a Home Security System?
Let’s take a look at just a few of the reasons to install a security system.
- Better safety for you and your family
The most important reason to install a home security system is for the protection of yourself and your family. For most families, this is the reason they get a security system in the first place.
- Less chance of theft in your home
The second most important reason why you should consider a security system involves deterrence of thieves and burglars. If a thief comes to your home and sees that you have a security system installed, they will be immediately deterred.
If they do try to enter, your alarm system will go off and notify you and/or the authorities. If you have video surveillance footage, you also have the option of going back to the tape to find the initiator if they are not apprehended at the scene.
Remember also that home security systems can deter “porch thieves” or those who steal packages off of decks and front porches.
- Monitoring of seasonal properties
Whether you own a seasonal vacation home or investment properties that are far from your permanent residence, a security system will allow you to monitor these locations without actually being there.
Choosing the Right Home Security System
Follow this step-by-step guide to help you pick a security system that will be optimal for your home and needs:
- Installation Method
Are you tech-savvy and good with your hands? You may be able to install your security system yourself. Numerous systems on the market are built for self-installation, and they range from simple cameras to put on your front porch to comprehensive systems that monitor every inch of your home and property.
On the other hand, you may prefer professional installation, which can save you time and frustration. Keep in mind that professional installation will likely be more expensive, however.
- Connection Type
The oldest forms of home security systems are hardwired, which means that they are set to blare alarms or flashlights if anyone breaches the system physically. On the other hand, today wireless systems are becoming increasingly popular. These systems can send notifications directly to your phone or to the authorities and connect throughout your home via wireless capabilities.
- Monitoring Services
Investing in a home security system is the first step toward ensuring the safety of your home and family. But the next step is monitoring services, which can be purchased on a contract basis with the security company — generally, the same company who made and/or installed your security system.
- Other Features
Consider other features as well, such as night vision video surveillance, motion alert notifications, self-monitoring options, home automation services, alarms and lights, and more.
Smith Insurance and Financial Services would also like to let you know that certain insurance companies may offer discounts if you install a qualifying home security system. This is an option that is definitely worth checking into; however, remember that it’s not available through all insurance companies. To learn more, contact Smith Insurance and Financial Services today.