Weigh your home security system options.
If you want to protect your home, possessions, and loved ones, then investing in a home security system is a smart idea. However, before you settle for a system, it’s important that you consider its various features and capabilities. Here’s what you should think about when choosing a home security system.
- What type of monitoring capabilities does the system offer?
When a security company offers monitoring services, it means that your home system will automatically alert the proper authorities if it senses an emergency event (usually a break-in or fire). Some wireless systems give you the option to pay for professional monitoring services. The homeowner can typically opt for constant monitoring, or choose to pay for monitoring during a set period of time (such as while they are away on vacation). Homeowners that opt-out of monitoring will have to call the authorities themselves when their system alerts them to a disturbance. Professional security systems almost always require the homeowner to pay for monitoring. This service is part of the contract that the homeowner must sign when having the system installed.
- Do I want security cameras?
Many homeowners like the idea of installing security cameras, so they can keep an eye on their home while they are away. While security cameras won’t necessarily prevent a break-in, they can give you advance warning. Additionally, the footage from the cameras will also help you identify the suspects. If you decide that this is a feature that you want, then focus on the security companies that offer systems with cameras. During installation, make sure to place a camera by your front and back doors and in high-traffic areas such as your living room and the master bedroom.
- Do I need motion detectors?
Homeowners need to decide if they want a system that comes equipped with motion detectors. If you have pets or small children running around your home, then motion detector systems will create false alarms and will be more annoying than helpful. However, if you want to invest in this additional security measure, then try to imagine the path a burglar would take as they walk through your home and install the detectors along this course.
These are some of the things to consider before choosing a home security system. Want another way to protect your home, belongings, and loved ones? Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance protections in place. For assistance with all your home coverage needs, contact the experts at The Schwab Agency in Colleyville, Texas today.