Better safe than sorry, or so they say. The right home security system helps keep you and your family safe. But sometimes people feel overwhelmed when choosing a system.
What to Look For in a Home Security System
Whether it is cybersecurity or home security, people are more interested in protecting themselves than ever before. The security industry has caught on to this trend, offering new bells and whistles nearly every day. Before you invest in a security system, do your research first and consider which features meet your needs.
Before you begin, consider these questions:
- Consider your risks. Do you live in a safe, sleepy community or a high-crime area?
- Do you want a system that alerts emergency responders?
- What’s your budget?
- What’s the size of your home or property?
- Do you have a connected home? What level of technology and connectivity are you comfortable with? Do you want to access your camera footage through your tablet or phone?
Most home security systems feature a mix of cameras, lighting, sensors, and alarms. Some connect via the Internet of Things through your tablets, Alexa, and other connected smart gadgets and appliances. Other common and uncommon options include:
- Two-way communication
- Panic buttons
- Heat and motion sensors
- Motion detection lights
- 24-hour monitoring and connection to a dispatch center
- The ability to remotely lock and unlock your doors
- Flood sensors
Once you have your answers shopping is a lot easier. You basically want a system within your budget that has the features you need and covers your space. Easy, right? We will share a few tips, but first, we also want you to consider how secure your home is now.
Assess the Security of Your Home
Make any necessary improvements to your home that you see fit. Most likely you want a system to protect your family’s property from theft. When selecting a security system, it helps to understand a little about how thieves work. For example, the city of Seattle, WA suggests the following tip:
Before you make security improvements, identify those entry points most likely to be used by a burglar.
You can do this by answering the following questions:
- Which entrances are hidden/out of view from your neighbors?
- If you were locked out of your house, where could you get in without too much difficulty?
Secure every door/window you list in response to these questions.
Knowing your home’s weakest links also informs you where to install cameras. Also, don’t underestimate the power of signs as a theft deterrent. We previously shared some insight into the most common types of theft and mentioned that thieves commonly live nearby and spend time examining your home for places where they can enter unseen. A good home security system along with signs and secure entrances makes your property less attractive to thieves.
Tips for Choosing a Home Security System
Once you assess your home security, plan to place sensors, cameras, and alarms strategically to cover the visible and hidden entry points.
Finally, consider professional installation and training on how to best use your new system. If you prefer the DIY route, that is fine too. This previous post outlines the pros and cons of DIY installation compared to professional installation. According to the Chicago Tribune, a basic DIY system from Protect America is a great budget-friendly option.
Are you interested in protecting your family and your property through monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America.