What to Look for When Buying a Home Security System

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Know Your Neighborhood and Your Security Needs

  • When shopping for a home security system it is always a good idea to know your neighborhood, and your neighbors. If you live in a high crime area, you will likely need a more elaborate system that includes wiring all the windows and doors and probably installing a silent alarm that will alert the police department as well. But if you live in a low crime area, surrounded by caring neighbors who are willing to help keep an eye out, you will require less hardware to protect your home, probably needing only a very loud alarm that will alert your neighbors when someone is attempting to break into your home. You will also need to evaluate your budget before choosing your security system so that you do not go over your budget.

Make Sure You Have Control

  • Whatever alarm system you choose, make sure that it gives you complete access to all of the alarm codes and other features so that you can control how your system functions. Some security systems are under the control of the company that installs the system, and you get no say in how the system works. If you decide somewhere along the way to switch security systems or security companies, you will be able to do so at your discretion if all of the control over the system is owned by you. You should also choose a company that is willing to come directly to your home and evaluate the property to see exactly what services you really need. There is no sense in paying for services you will likely not need to use.

Ask Pertinent Questions

  • Search around for the best deals and be sure that you ask questions regarding all of the pertinent fees, such as installation, equipment prices, monitoring fees and any warrantee fees that apply. Do not take the first deal you come to and do not allow the salesperson to pile up services that you do not really need. Each service acquired costs extra, so it is always best to know in advance what your needs really are. Burglar alarms, light timers and the like are at the low end of the home security spectrum, while alert buttons, wired windows and doors, and silent alarms alerting police stations of a break in are at the opposite end of the price range. When you have settled on a company or have narrowed it down to a few companies, make sure you get all price quotes in writing and do some research on the quality of the home security service that the company provides by talking to people whom you know that have such a system by that particular company. You can even check online at message boards and chat rooms to get an idea of the types of systems that are out there and which are the most popular.

Select a Competent Company

  • Always make sure that the company you choose is quick to respond not only to your questions but also in emergency situations. You need to know that the system will be installed when they say it will be installed and for the same price that was originally quoted to you. It is wise to make sure that everyone in the household who can comprehend the system at all is thoroughly instructed on how to work it, and make absolutely certain that nobody outside the home is made aware of any passwords used by your new security system. This will give you the piece of mind that you need so that you can leave your home without worrying that someone will break in while you are out.

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