With Halloween fast approaching, are you afraid of goblins, ghouls, monsters, and ghosts at your door?
You should never be afraid of thieves or criminals of any kind entering your home or property without your consent. But when you’re away, what can you do to prevent such an intrusion?
Answer: Install a home security system.
You’ve heard the hype of home security systems before, but are they really worth paying for installation and maintenance over the long term?
Below, we unpack the top reasons you should consider installing a home security system in your home, plus how to choose the ideal system for you should you choose to move forward with one.
4 Reasons to Purchase a Home Security System
There are a variety of benefits to the installation of a home security system, but let’s go over just a few of the main reasons you should consider one for your home:
- Peace of Mind
First thing’s first. Surely, you want to know that you and your family are safe and sound at all times in your home — even when everyone’s sleeping and even when you’re not there to protect them. With a security system, you will have the knowledge and confidence of a strong line of defense against any possible intruders.
- Deterrence of Thieves
Next, a security system stops thieves in their tracks. Sometimes, all it takes is the security decal or camera within site of the door to deter thieves or would-be burglars. Even while you’re away on a trip or at work or school, you can make sure delivered packages aren’t stolen, and you can keep track of any seasonal homes you have when you’re not there.
- Easy Monitoring of Your Property
Whether it’s a seasonal home, you’re watching from afar or a primary residence you’re monitoring while on a business trip or vacation, modern-day security systems allow you to keep track of your property via simple apps on your smartphone or computer.
- Possible Insurance Discounts
While getting an insurance discount for having a home security system isn’t a given, it is possible. Speak with your insurance provider today to see if this is a discount they offer and what type of system you’d need to have.
How to Choose the Best Home Security System
- Decide how you want your system installed.
Choose between self-installation or professional installation. The latter will generally cost more but ease the trouble of having to figure out the installation yourself.
- Do you prefer to self-monitor your system or have it monitored for you?
Ask your security company if they offer home monitoring. If so and you like this idea, make sure to negotiate the terms of your contract to your liking.
- Is video surveillance something you want?
Some systems don’t use video surveillance while others do. If you want video feedback, choose between options like 24/7 recording, night vision, zoom and pan options, and more.
- Do you want your system hardwired or used with Wi-Fi?
Wireless systems are more common than ever before, but some homeowners prefer the reliability of a hardwired system.
- How do you want to inform the police in the event of a security breach?
Decide whether you want to be alerted of a breach in security before, at the same time as, or after the authorities are alerted. Some homeowners don’t want the police contacted automatically at all.
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