With Halloween almost here, remember that you don’t have to be fearful of ghosts and monsters at your front door!
You can protect your home from these ghouls and other burglars, intruders, and would-be criminals by installing a home security system. You already protect your family with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, locks on your doors, and other safety features. Now it’s time to start thinking about a security system that will truly give you peace of mind that your family is safe.
What Type of Security System to Buy
Wired Vs. Wireless
Security systems that are hardwired into your home are the types of traditional security systems you’d see in homes in the 80s and 90s. Often, they connect to the home’s land telephone line (that’s how old they are!) in addition to the electrical system.
But with many families removing their landlines, wireless systems have become more popular. While hardwired systems are easy to maintain, perfect for large spaces, and preferred by the pros, wireless systems are generally easier to install, upgrade, and use.
DIY Vs. Professionally Installed
Will you install your own security system? This can be hard work if you’ll be covering a large space. On the other hand, if you’re handy with tools and technology, you can save money by installing your system yourself. Professionally-installed systems will be put in correctly, but they may cost more.
Centrally-Monitored Vs. Self-Monitored
Centrally-monitored systems are more expensive because they require set-up of a contract. You’ll regularly pay to have professionals keep an eye on the security in and around your home. Today, centrally-monitored systems are still the safest way to go, but self-monitored systems are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease-of-use via smartphones and online, wireless systems.
Consider These Other Features
As you shop around for a security system that fits your needs, keep these features in mind as well:
- The type of alarm you’d like to sound at a breach in security
- The option of floodlights or flashing lights at a breach in security
- Special video monitoring features, such as HD feed, 24/7 recording surveillance, zooming options, panning options, night vision, and more
- Home automation features, such as the ability to turn on and off your locks from a remote location (via your smartphone)
- How you want the police contacted at a breach in security
- Whether you want a system that gives you a discount on homeowners insurance (this is something that some insurance providers offer with select home security systems — generally those that are centrally monitored, not just a door alarm)
Do You Really Need a Security System? How Much Good Will It Do?
It’s a good idea. Home security systems have an amazingly high success rate at keeping out burglars, vandals, squatters, and intruders. Depending on the type of system you get, you’ll take advantage of these key benefits if you purchase a system for your home:
Peace of Mind: The number one reason to purchase a security system is to have peace of mind knowing that you’re doing all you can to keep your family safe from intruders.
Deterred Burglars: Keep belongings and property in and around your home (delivered packages at your doorstep, for example) safe. Burglars will either be caught or immediately deterred when you have a security system.
Easy Monitoring When You’re Away: Keep an eye on things from afar via your smartphone. Check up on seasonal homes and remote properties, or ensure safety at home while you’re on a business trip or vacation.
Heinen Insurance wants to help keep you and your family safe. Let us assist you in finding comprehensive homeowners insurance for your home. Stop in to see us today, or give us a call to find out more.