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Home Security System Basics

As opposed to self-monitoring security systems, monitored security systems are connected to a network of monitoring centers that receive signals when a threat has been detected in your home. A home security system may connected via either one’s landline or a cellular network.

The system is managed by the homeowner or renter via a central control console (or mobile app, depending on the package available from the security company). When a system is armed, sensors installed on either a door or window will send a signal to the system’s center console when a “break” has been detected. This signal is then relayed to a monitoring center, where security professionals can contact the homeowner or renter to verify the status of one’s safety.

A home security system is capable of keeping watch over the safety and well-being of everything inside of your home, including your valuables, and most importantly, your family. You don’t have to be on constant watch over your home as long as your system is armed and ready while you are away or asleep at night. Home security provides a simple solution for providing peace-of-mind with home living.
Popular do-it-yourself security systems are, overtime, cheaper than monitored home security. However, the level of security that these systems provide are not as complete as what you can get with monitored security. Where monitored security is capable of watching over your entire home, a DIY system may only be able to keep watch over one room.
Monitored home security service can cost anywhere from $15-100 per month, depending on the features and level of monitoring available from the company of your choosing. It’s also important to keep installation costs in mind, which have been known to range up to $1200. It is however easy to find companies that offer installation prices much lower.
Monitored security solutions are available for renters. While home security tends to be associated with only home owners, it’s important to note that apartments are 85% more likely to be burglarized than single-family homes (National Crime Prevention Council). Discuss renter solutions with the home security company of your choosing.
With many home security systems being wireless today, you do not strictly need a landline. However, some security companies offer lower-priced packages that do require a landline in order to be installed.

Home Security Installation

Most home security companies offer installation service, but an installation fee may be involved. You may also have the option to install your security system on your own, but it is highly recommended that you let a security professional perform the task for you.
Customers having their home security system installed by a professional can expect to pay a fee of at least $100.

Basics of Home Protection and Safety

Burglars are out there to get your valuables. If you live in a affluent neighborhood with low crime, there will be a noticeable chance that your home could be a target. Home security is a worthy investment, no matter what kind of area you live in.
While it might be assumed that burglars perform forced entries into a home, many burglars simply enter the home through an unlocked door. About thirty percent of burglaries occur at the front door, while 22 percent occur at the back door. First-floor windows are also a target amongst homes.
It is typically recommended that you install security cameras in high places (at least 10 feet) in locations where burglars tend to make their entrance. This includes the front door, back door, and first-floor windows. Make sure you install your cameras at an angle that can capture as much of the area as possible.

Believe it or not, many burglaries occur simply because the homeowner did not keep their windows and doors locked. It is essential that you keep doors and windows locked while you are away and/or asleep. Other simple methods you can perform include:

  • Providing enough light around your home at night. Make it difficult for burglars to go in without being seen.
  • Doing away with a spare key around your home. Burglars know the spots, no matter how clever you think yours are.
  • Give the appearance that you're home at night, even when you're not. Timed lights (especially with home automation solutions) can be extremely useful.

Burglars don't like any attraction being thrown their way. That is why having a dog for security purposes is extremely effective. Knowing the right breeds is important: (Source: American Kennel Club )

  • Akita
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Sheperd
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Bullmastiff

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