Sophisticated home security systems aren’t just for the rich and famous these days. Even the least tech-savvy homeowner can rig up a DIY system to keep burglars away or, if preferred, have a security expert install one.
Regardless of how you get the security system up and running, there are a few key considerations to think about.
What security features do you need?
An alarm that you can arm when you are away or at night is usually the foundation of the security system. Motion sensors or sensors that go off if a door or window is opened are also a good option, as are floodlights that illuminate with movement. For some homeowners, a panic button in the bedroom gives them an added sense of security.
Do you need to capture footage or see what’s happening from afar?
Beyond that, consider also installing cameras at key points on your property like entrances and garages, for example. A doorbell video camera is an affordable way to capture footage of anyone who comes to your front door – whether that’s the mailman, a friend visiting or someone trying to steal packages from your doorstep.
Security cameras are helpful to not only capture footage – which can make all the difference in catching a burglar if a theft is committed – but are also useful to keep an eye on your property from afar. And, of course, cameras act as a deterrent to would-be criminals!
Do you need professional monitoring?
Professional monitoring – that is, paying a service fee for an accredited organization to keep an eye on your system and react if something is amiss – can bring great peace of mind. It does come with a price, however, but many people find it worth paying for.
You can also decide to self-monitor and set up a system to notify you when a secured entrance way is breached or motion is detected, for instance, or if someone is at your front door. While this option is more cost efficient, it does require more work.