When you decide it is time to purchase a home security system, there are several features you can choose from. Cable and telephone companies have entered into the security and home monitoring business, so there are more options to choose from than ever before. But you will need to pick and choose the right features based on the security strategy that you would like to implement.
Choosing Between A Home Monitoring Company And Simply An Alarm
The greatest benefit from a home alarm system is that you can have the police notified. This can either be done with a very loud alarm or with a home monitoring service. The high-decibel alarm is less expensive, but it is only effective if your neighbors are home to call the police and if you can trust your neighbors to do so. The alarm has to be so loud that neighbors in nearby homes can hear it. This level of volume may also irritate your neighbors if your alarm is accidentally set off periodically. The shrillness of the alarm can be enough to cause intruders to want to leave.
A more reliable approach is to have your alarm monitored by an independent home monitoring company. Then, if your home is broken into, the monitoring company will first try to contact you and determine if you are at home. If they discover that you are in danger or if they are unable to contact you, they will then call the police. The alarm can either be silent or can include an audible alarm. Whether or not you choose a silent alarm depends on whether you would like to catch the intruder in the act or whether you would like to simply drive off the intruder.
Deciding On Other Features
You will need to determine whether you would like to have a surveillance system implemented. A surveillance camera can be a deterrent, especially if you include a sign outside that warns would-be criminals of the surveillance. If you are concerned with monitoring your children when they come home or if your home is frequently vandalized and you would like to catch the vandals in the act, a security camera can help do so or can at least act as a deterrent. Also, you need to decide whether you would like to access your security system remotely. This will allow you to monitor your home from afar, but may make it possible for hackers as well.
I had always thought that security guards were only needed by the rich and famous. I never expected to have to hire one for my family until our home was broken into one night. Immediately after the break-in, my children were terrified to go to sleep at night. We found a good security system that couldn't be installed until a few days later. After two sleepless nights, I decided to look into hiring a security guard to stay awake at our home for one night, so I could finally get some rest. I couldn't believe how affordable it was to have a guard at my home for a few hours during the night, and we all got great sleep knowing were safe. I hope I help others who have suffered from home break-ins. A security guard can help you feel secure when waiting for your security system to be installed.