As with many tech-related things, there is a huge range of prices when it comes to the cost of a security system. Some of the factors are easy to expect: The amount of hardware, technology level, brand, and service level all influence pricing. Sometimes, however, there are outliers that have no apparent reason for their unexpected costs. Therefore, there are no hard-and-fast rules to predict the cost of a system. That said, we will now take a look at some of the more-quantifiable cost influencers:
The Hardware Package
If you look at DIY, self-monitored systems, the hardware package is the single biggest cost influencer. You can find security cameras for less than $30, and you can find entire systems for over $7,000. What accounts for this tremendous difference?
- The $30 camera is always just a single camera. Quality levels vary widely, but one thing is constant: You have to have your own computer or other monitoring device to make it actually do anything. It may or may not want to work with your particular computer.
- The $7000 system comes with several cameras and a hub that records all of their input. These cameras have LED lights for night vision. Alas, it is still a self-monitored system, and it has no door or window alarms, so it’s one of the “high side” outliers.
- Mid-range systems have a huge range of differences in what is provided. Some come with cameras, alarms, smoke detection, and a hub; others just give you multiple cameras to connect to your existing computer. Because of this, you have to check the specifics of each offering instead of just looking at the price.
As with anything else, some brands are more well-known than others. Expect to pay more for an “upscale” brand or one that is well-known. Going for a lesser-known brand can save you money, but be careful to avoid the really generic ones. Generic or “weird” brands are often unreliable. Typically, the best way to save money is to go with a decently-known, but not overly rarified, brand.
The Monitoring or Service Package
Many DIY retail security systems have no monitoring at all, and don’t even have alarms. They’re not meant to serve as alarms or bring on immediate police response. Instead, they just collect footage to show the police in case you are robbed or some other crime takes place. Though many retail environments have these, they aren’t the best possible option since a criminal can get far away before you ever see that you’ve had a break-in.
When monitoring is included, it may very well turn out that your retail or home security system will cost you little to nothing up front. Protect America’s offer, for example, includes up to $1400 worth of FREE hardware. Its monitoring service starts at just $19.99 per month, with reasonable increases for more alarms monitored.
The Best Option
The best home security option is always attached to a monitoring service. That way, you don’t have to worry about missing short text alerts if something happens while you’re not home. The monitoring service will call you if it gets an alarm from your property, and since you’re more likely to pay attention to an incoming call, you can quickly instruct the service on what to do. Monitoring services also watch for other emergencies, such as fires, as well as break-ins. This makes their offerings more comprehensive than the typical self-monitored systems.
Get a Quote
It’s time to stop wondering what a security system will cost, and truly learn the details of one of the best offers around. Call Protect America today or fill out the form on our site to get a quote on a system that includes intrusion detection, smoke detection, video cameras, a touchscreen panel, home automation, and monitoring. You’ll surely find that a contract with us is the most cost-effective way to protect your premises from break-ins and other potential disasters.