To keep your home and family safe, your doors must be secured. 2018 provides more options than ever before for your home security needs. This article will outline the best options for door security.

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When it comes to door security, you can go three routes:

  • low-tech or traditional security,
  • non-monitored security system, or
  • monitored security system.

Traditional Door Security

Traditional door security options have been around for years, but are still popular due to their affordability, ease of use, and reliability. Low-tech door security measures include security bars that lockdown over your doorframe, door jambs or braces, or reinforced deadbolt locks. Other low-tech door security measures include door jambs with motion sensors that trigger when someone breaks into your home. Whether you want to go the traditional route or not, reinforcing your doors will improve your entire home security system.

Will these traditional and low-tech methods secure your doors and your home? Yes, to a point. But they are not optimal.

Non-Monitored Door Security

Whether you’re looking at non-monitored or monitored door security, these systems use the same technology, namely smart locks and security cameras. With non-monitored systems, you install and surveil all of the equipment on your own, which can be a full-time job.

Smart Locks

A smart lock utilizes an encrypted digital access code that allows you to control your door’s security remotely. Through an app on your phone, you can lock and unlock your home. No more key locks that leave your home susceptible to forced entry. No more fumbling with keys or worrying who might have a spare key to your house. For these reasons, smart locks are especially helpful for seniors and disabled people.

Some of the best smart locks for 2018 are Alexa enabled. To find out which Alexa-enabled smart door locks Protect America recommends, see our options for 2018.

Smart locks are an important security element, but to keep your home fully secured, you’ll need a bit more.

Security Cameras

In combination with smart locks, a security camera can help keep your doors secure. Some smart door locks only work with security cameras, so if you purchase your lock and camera separately, make sure they are compatible. Protect Amerca offers a range of security cameras to fit your home’s specific needs, including outdoor cameras with LEDs that light up to 65 feet ahead of them, have a clear 720p HD video at 30 frames-per-second, and encryption that keeps your feed secure. We mean business.

A popular style of front door security camera is the video doorbell that you can access with your phone. Through a video doorbell, you can see who is at your door no matter how far away you are and you can communicate with them.

Monitored Door Security

For the most secure door, you want a monitored security system.

A monitored security system integrates the same security measures as the non-monitored system, except that, surprise!, it is monitored by a panel of security experts. You can’t monitor your security devices all the time. Really, you can’t. For example, when you don’t have wi-fi access, when your phone battery is dead, when you’re in an important meeting, or if you’re sound asleep. At those times, you need someone else to help pick up the slack.

Not only is monitored door (and entire home) security supervised by experts, but they also install the devices for you to ensure that every piece is properly connected. When a sensor, alarm, or device recognizes a possible intrusion, you receive a phone call to ensure the alert wasn’t an accident. If you aren’t at home or you don’t answer the call, the company will alert the police department. A monitored security system can protect your home, family, and belongings even when you are unavailable or unaware.

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Both unmonitored and monitored security systems can protect the doorways to your home, but monitored systems provide “an extra layer of security” and allow you peace of mind without having to constantly check your phone or check in with neighbors.

Are you interested in a monitored security system? Get a free quote, and have a Protect America representative contact you today.