No one wants to look back at a break-in or a tragic event involving home intruders only to realize there was something they could have done to prevent it.
With a multitude of tragedies in life, there’s absolutely nothing you can do. But where intrusions and burglaries are concerned, you can protect your home and family. It simply comes down to having a home security or alarm system installed.
In this article, we’ll help homeowners realize how important having a home security system installed is. We’ll also provide key information on locating an alarm system that works properly, fits your budget, and meets all your security needs.
Why Install a Home Security System?
As a homeowner with a family, one of your number one goals should be preventing anything from happening to either of these things you hold dear. And with a home security system installed, you’ll have the most peace of mind. That’s because home security systems aren’t just alarms on your front door anymore.
Today, security systems enable video surveillance, central monitoring by security professionals, smartphone feedback in real time, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, home automation features, and much more. Of course, you can choose your system to have just one, several, or all of these features, and more. Options are seemingly endless.
The biggest benefit that nearly all good security system offer is safety for you and your family in deterring would-be intruders and burglars. Also, you’ll be protecting your property from theft. For example, you can have your security system give you an alert on your phone whenever someone goes near your front door.
In this way, you can see if someone steals packages, peers in windows, or acts suspiciously. You can also monitor unoccupied second homes or properties if you have them. You can even keep an eye on your vehicles parked outside or on outbuildings where you may have expensive tools, storage, or other valuables.
What Features Should You Consider With Your Security System?
As stated, there are all sorts of types and features you might consider for your home security system, but the following is a list of the most common choices you’ll need to make as you shop around.
- How you want the system installed. Are you looking for a hardwired system or a Wi-Fi enabled system?
- Who you want to install the system: If you are handy with technology and hoping to save a little money on installation, consider putting in your security system yourself. Many of the newer systems available today are extremely user-friendly.
- Who will monitor your home?
If you prefer to keep an eye on your home and properties, you can enable your system to send video and other responsive feedback to your phone or computer for self-monitoring. For more comprehensive monitoring of your home and properties, consider central monitoring where a professional security company looks after your home 24/7.
- How do you want to surveil your home?
Most security systems these days have video surveillance, but this doesn’t have to be a feature you have. You can simply have a motion sensor alarm, a door and window opening alarm, floodlights, and/or you can be alerted silently or have the authorities alerted silently when suspicious activity occurs on your property.
- Are you looking for an insurance discount?
Finally, if you’re interested in getting a discount on your homeowner’s insurance, consider purchasing a more comprehensive, centrally- monitored security system. Only some insurance providers offer this deduction, but you’ll need a broader system to earn it in most cases.
Philleo Agency Insurance is always here to answer your home security and home insurance-related questions. Contact us today for more information.