Many peo­ple think home secu­ri­ty sys­tems are just for those liv­ing in man­sions! Those who aren’t fab­u­lous­ly wealthy deserve the exact same amount of secu­ri­ty and peace of mind, how­ev­er. A good alarm sys­tem is a strong step when it comes to pro­tect­ing your fam­i­ly, your home, and your valu­able pos­ses­sions from intrud­ers. Here are some tips for select­ing a cost-effec­tive alarm sys­tem:

  • Remote Ser­vices: Being able to receive alerts, view video, and con­trol your secu­ri­ty sys­tem from your smart­phone has made alarm sys­tems far eas­i­er to use and install, and more afford­able due to wire­less tech­nol­o­gy.
  • Stay Basic: For those who don’t want any frills, but still want a basic bur­glar alarm, there are many options which usu­al­ly include sen­sors by doors and win­dows and wall-mount­ed key­pads.
  • Choose a great provider: Make sure the alarm com­pa­ny or provider you choose promis­es a $0 instal­la­tion, acti­va­tion, and equip­ment fee. Watch out for any hid­den costs!
  • Do your Research: There are lots of tes­ti­mo­ni­als and reviews of alarm sys­tems avail­able online. Word of mouth is also a good way to find out which alarm sys­tem is right for you. There’s a lot out there, so make sure you’re going in well-informed.
  • Pay atten­tion to pro­mo­tions and ben­e­fits: Many providers offer perks and pro­mo­tions depend­ing on which pack­age you pur­chase and how you pay. Addi­tion­al­ly, installing a home alarm or secu­ri­ty sys­tem can end up reduc­ing your insur­ance rates by up to 20%!
  • Be Strate­gic: A prop­er­ly placed cam­era with 360-degree cov­er­age can take the place of mul­ti­ple, poor­ly placed, pan-tilt-zoom cam­eras. Dis­cuss with your secu­ri­ty provider what the most effec­tive and strate­gic cam­era place­ment is for your home.
  • Sim­ple Solu­tions: In addi­tion to installing alarms, there are oth­er com­mon-sense pre­cau­tions you can take against break-ins, some of which cost noth­ing at all! Installing phys­i­cal deter­rents like win­dow bars and gates, and rein­forc­ing doors and door frames are long last­ing secu­ri­ty mea­sures. Oth­er pre­cau­tions against break-ins include installing motion-sen­sor lights, keep­ing your home well-lit, espe­cial­ly if you’re going away for a peri­od of time. Good qual­i­ty locks are also a neces­si­ty!
  • Use it: Many peo­ple install alarm sys­tems and then, after a while, stop set­ting the alarm. Make your alarm sys­tem worth it and make sure it’s armed all the time!

Alarm sys­tems can seem expen­sive, but not installing them can have a much greater cost. If you are well-informed and strate­gic about your home secu­ri­ty, it will be quite cost-effec­tive.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.