Evaluating Home Security Systems

When you decide to install home security systems in order to protect all the valuables in your house and also the safety of your beloved ones, you should always do evaluation on the security products. Some of the factors that you need to consider are the features that the system provides, cost, your budget and also the alarm monitoring company that provides the services along with the security system.

What you need to do:

  1. Determine the type of security system to use
  2. Decide on the level of protection you need
  3. Look for reliable alarm monitoring company

Home Security Systems


  1. Firstly, you need to determine the right home security system to use whether it is a hard-wired home security system, a “hybrid” system or a wireless home security system. A hard-wired system comes with an advantage where anyone cannot tamper with the system in order to disable its function or phone line. However, the installation of the system needs to be done by running its wires through walls, ceiling and also the area that you wanted to hide the siren and control panel. As for a “hybrid” security system, which uses a wireless receiver (keypad) is much more secured than using a purely wireless system that is not directly connected to the keypad. Always remember that an “all-in-one” wireless system is the least secure due to it having all components in one place, which is not good and making it easy to be accessed by burglars.
  2. Another thing for you to consider is the degree of protection that you and your family need. Whether you need the systems that can provide you with sounds and alarms from infrared beams to medical and fire monitoring or even a system that only monitors your house’s windows and doors opening. The decision that you make will somehow give an impact on both the home security system and also the level of monitoring needed to support the system.
  3. For those of you who have pets, using motion-detecting security systems will not give you any problem especially if your pets are a small. However if the pets are large such as medium to large size dogs, your motion sensor alarm system will be triggered off easily. It is recommended that you should consider not using this type of security system in order to reduce false alarms.
  4. You can also ask your friends, relatives and neighbors within your neighborhood to know, which alarm monitoring companies that provide reliable services. Whenever you are paying for monitoring services, you should ensure that you are receiving the level of services that you are paying every month. Besides that, you should also inquire about their response time, whether they have well-trained staff or not and also able to provide quality installation.
  5. For alarm monitoring company, they will provide you with contract lengths and you should consider discussing the contract carefully. Even if they said that they are offering you with lots of special products along with the contract, you must always ask all questions that might crop up in your mind during the discussion.
  6. Finally, you might also want to check with your house insurance company whether you may get discounts when you start to use any home security systems or from a specific security monitoring company.

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Additional Reading:

The Complete Book of Home, Site and Office Security: Selecting, Installing and Troubleshooting Systems and Devices
The Complete Book of Home, Site and Office Security: Selecting, Installing and Troubleshooting Systems and Devices

Home Security Systems: Reliable Safety Measures For Home Defense