When you first start looking into the home security, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Although there are some choices to be made, the topic is not as complex as it may first appear though.
Main Solution Options
Home security plans are either monitored or unmonitored systems. The complexities of any system are in the details though. Add-ons or other features can be included in many monitored and unmonitored plans, allowing you to customize your home security to suit your specific needs and budget.
Also known as local alarm systems, unmonitored systems are traditional intruder alarms which sound off if any wired entrance to your home is breached. Sensors on these systems can be positioned at all entry points, including doors and windows, and more complex system features, like motion detectors can be added.
Unmonitored security systems are the least expensive of the two main options, but they are also the least robust. They sound a loud alarm, but if no one is around to hear it, their benefits end there. Granted, an alarm may scare off any intruders, may alert you or your neighbors to a security breach, or may accomplish both, but these types of systems do not automatically alert the police or send help your way to deal with the intrusion.
Monitored alarm systems come in two main forms:
- Systems sold, installed, and monitored by home security firms
- Monitored service on an existing system, offered by alarm firms that allow you to choose and install your own system and then set up monitoring service with them
These systems are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and may feature an audible or silent alarm, which when tripped notifies the security firm of a potential breach. When an alarm is tripped, the firm will attempt to contact you. If they are able to reach you and confirm a security breach, or if they are unable to contact you, they will notify the police and send help within minutes.
Additional Alarm System Features
Monitored and unmonitored systems are the primary choices, but both systems allow for customization, which means you can set up any number or type of sensors and other add-ons you think necessary to ensure the security of your family, home, and belongings.
- Stress sensors, which detect changes in weight on flat surfaces
- Motion sensors, which detect movement in unoccupied areas when you are away or asleep
- Video surveillance can be placed inside or outside, allowing you and/or your security firm to see what is happening
- Glass breaking sensors, detect when a window is broken, while traditional window alarms only detect when a window is opened
- Panic buttons, which can be installed in various locations in your home, but are also available in mobile form, allowing you to sound the alarm instantly if help is needed
While there are some choices to be made, you now understand a little more about your options. Keep in mind that a security system is an investment in not just the safety of your home but in personal security as well.