While it’s true that even a budget home security system is better than no security system, the fact remains that you get what you pay for. Many low-end home security systems are only about as effective as those stickers you put on the window that only say you have a security system.
Criminals are getting smarter and adapting to the environment of technological advancements in home security systems. Fortunately, the better companies are adapting faster than the criminals, allowing them to be one step ahead of your typical burglar majority of the time. This added benefit is costly to these services, some of the price of which is passed to the users.
Here are some of the criteria you need to look for if you want to make sure you’ve got the best home security system that you can afford:
· A proven record of service. Check out consumer reviews for both the particular system you’re buying as well as the service to which you’re subscribing. The most effective systems will leave behind them a trail of proven success.
· Understandable costs. There are systems that will cost you little or no money up front, but that will cost you hundreds of dollars each year in monitoring costs. Any system you choose should have a clear and understandable fee structure.
· Interactivity. Today’s systems are more interactive than ever. They have remote controls, can be accessed via a web browser, or have smartphone apps with which you can arm or disarm your system. Choosing the most interactive system available will give you greater protection and versatility.
· Cellular monitored systems. Land lines can be cut and broadband systems rely on your broadband connection to work. Cellular-based monitoring systems provide you with the highest degree of reliability. Imagine being out running errands and your phone notifies you that there is a possible security mishap going on at your home, you can alert the police that you aren’t there, and if you have cameras, will one day be able to photograph and stream the act to your phone.
· Modularity. You should be able to pick and choose certain components for your home security system. Some people may want to have video monitoring; others may not. Some may want glassbreak sensors on the windows, whereas others may not feel the need. The best systems are customizable and can be designed specifically to fit your home’s needs.
Choosing the right system is about more than just price. You need to make sure you get as much coverage as you can afford for the budget you’ve set. Choosing these advanced features gives you greater peace of mind, and more value for your home security investment. An investment in a system should really be looked at like the insurance you get on your car, or the health insurance you get for yourself and your family – It is a necessity for all of us who are making our way through life, attaining assets as we go.