Almost everyone these days have a security system installed at home. It is alarming that even people who live in affluent, gated neighborhoods do not feel sufficiently secure without a security system. But there are many types of systems which fit various needs and budgets. Each homeowner really needs to carefully consider all available options before making a decision.
Before you decide on a security system there are three important aspects you need to consider:
The type of monitoring system – how the system communicates with the monitoring and control center;
The method of installation – there are systems which are simple enough you can install them yourself, and some which would require the assistance of security professionals; and
Home automation options – some advanced security systems allow you to control various equipment such as lighting, temperature settings, door locks, etc.
Remote Access – this allows you to control your security system through a smart phone or a computer.
Some security systems communicate with its monitoring center using landline phones. Though this system is reliable, it is a little bit slower and is vulnerable to cut phone lines; something experienced thieves are wise to. A better system involves the use of cellular phones which communicate with the monitoring center whenever an alarm is triggered. Cellphone signals travel faster than landline signals. By far the fastest system involves the use of broadband connections, although it may not be as reliable as ones using cellular phones.
You can waste the best and most expensive security system if you do not ensure it is properly installed. Some security companies who also sell security equipment actually lets you choose whether to ask for professional installation or do it yourself. There are also equipment sets with instructions for the homeowner to install himself. Most wireless security systems are ideal for DIY installation. The same wireless systems are recommended for people renting their homes or those who expect to move – you can easily transfer your equipment to your new residence.
Security systems are now more feature-packed than ever before. Some security systems allow you to control lighting in your home using a smart phone. You can turn on lights when alarms are tripped as an added deterrent. You can control room temperature so that you arrive to a properly heated or cooled room, depending upon the season. Other aspects of your home you can control and monitor are tripped water and flood alarm sensors.
Remote access lets you monitor and respond to situations from anywhere usually through the use of a smart phone. Through this feature you can arm or disarm your system, lock and unlock doors, and see any windows which have been left open. You can also receive security alerts, view live footages from your surveillance cameras, and adjust cameras to get a better view of unfolding events. Remote access lets you review a history of events recorded by your system including archived video footages.
As in everything adding a bit of common sense help keep your home more secure. Here are a few more tips for improving home security.