Home security systems are important additions to any home, but because they vary in complexity homeowners are often confused as to what are the best options. For example, how effective are these systems? Are there other steps you can take to prevent burglaries? How much do they cost?
Let’s dive in and answer those questions and many more. With this guide you will know everything there is to know about home security system and how to better protect your home!
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How much does it cost?
This is probably what most homeowners want to know right away, but unfortunately, it’s impossible to give a “one-for-all answer to this one.
Home security system vary A LOT in complexity and it depends on how far you want to go. You can install a few cameras in strategic locations, but you might also want windows and doors to have sensors. You might want a system that allows for the cameras to be accessed and controlled remotely. You might even want a system that automatically dials 911 in the event of a burglary.
The cost will definitely increase the more devices you add to the mix, but also the amount of involvement your home security provider offers and the brand of the equipment.
The best way to know for sure is to call a home security provider and ask for an estimate on the kind of system you’re looking for – get a handful of options and you will be able to decide if it’s within your budget.
What’s the most common way burglars break in?
This might surprise you, but it’s usually the front door.
Especially if a front door doesn’t look particularly well guarded, they are often the main target of burglars. But another interesting thing is that statistically, there’s a considerably high chance the front door is targeted because it’s left unlocked.
At what time do most home burglaries happen?
Another answer that might come as a surprise, but only a small percentage of them happen at night – most burglaries happen during the day, specifically during work hours, when homeowners (and nearby neighbors) are usually not home.
What attracts burglars?
The most common aspect that scream “this house is easy to break into are general signs of neglect around the house.
Cracked paint on the walls, grass and weeds growing all around, lack of any visible security systems, and fences or other visual elements that block line of sight when inside the yard (like tall fences or walls) – all of these tell potential burglars that if you’re not bothering to care for these things, certainly you wouldn’t bother installing any sort of security.
Providing your home with some basic care is enough to make you a less likely candidate for burglary, but investing in a security system will greatly diminish those chances.
What can be used to discourage burglars?
Installing cameras that are visible at the front of your home are already excellent ways to deter burglars, but a visible sign from your security provider stating that your home is protected also goes a long way.
Having a dog to guard your patio is also a commonly employed method, but keep in mind a dog alone is not a guaranteed way to stop burglars in their tracks. Dogs, as loyal as they are, can be bribed with food or distracted in ways to facilitate a break in.
What are the most common home security devices?
There are plenty to choose from and they can vary in features from one brand to another, but in most cases, you can find these:
Security cameras. There’s a variety of features available for security cameras. Some of them can broadcast and record footage remotely, can be accessed from any computer with the use of IP, and even start recording whenever it detects movement. But even the most basic camera that simply records footage is already a great deal.
Window and door sensors. These sensors are installed to detect when a window or door is opened while you’re sleeping or away. They will either ring an alarm, send a signal to your home security provider, or both. These are great additions, although depending on the brand and situation, they’re also known to signal lots of false alarms due to some doors and windows shifting slightly. Choose a good brand and demand good installation when going for these.
Smart lock. Usually reserved for the front door, a smart lock requires a password or fingerprint to unlock, which is much harder to break then a simple key combination (although not impossible). These have become even more reliable in recent years and definitely demand a strong presence, which usually leads to potential burglars looking for a less protected home – because if you have a smart lock, who knows what other security measures you’ve taken inside the house?
Alarm. A simple but effective tool, an alarm will trigger a loud noise to warn you or any nearby neighbors that something is wrong. They are usually equipped with motion sensors and when working with a home security provider, they will receive the notification and attempt to call your home and ask for a password, even if the alarm is successfully deactivated.
What you should ask your home security provider
If you’ve decided to hire a home security provider, here are some questions you should ask them to better plan your system and budget:
- What brand of equipment do they use?
- How often is the system inspected for flaws?
- Are there any situations where you’ll be charged extra?
- Are they licenses and ensured?
- Do you sign a contract? If so, for how long?
- What happens if you move to another home?
Ready to prepare your home security system? Ask a home security professional for free quotes in your area today!