Home Security System

A buyer's guide

Home security systems can offer a lot of protection for families, but making a decision on which system to buy can be confusing. The first thing to do is ask yourself if a home security system is a necessary thing for your home and family. Do you live in a high-crime area? Has crime occurred recently? Do you have a significant amount of valuables in your home? Are you worried about a lack of protection for your house and family?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then buying a home security system could be the answer to your problems.

Next you need to determine what kind of home security system is right for your needs. For some the answer is a video system, though this may be more than you require. With a video home security system, you can monitor different rooms or areas of your property, or focus on one specific area. Similar to a professional setup, it broadcasts a live feed to a designated receptor that stores the video feed for a certain amount of time.

The problem with video security systems is that many users begin to forget about them after awhile. They cover up the cameras while redecorating, or decide to stop checking the video feed every night. A system like this requires a certain amount of dedication, and nightly video checks are almost mandatory. A video home security system simply isn't the best option for many buyers.

Instead, some might benefit from a basic alarm home security system. The system works through motion detectors laid around the property and on the doors and windows. When there is a breach in the system, the alarm sounds and sends a message to the main system with the alarm company. The alarm company will try to verify the breach, and will send out extra support. You can turn off the system yourself with a short numerical password.

Whatever option you choose, don't try to take the easy way out by using alarm signs without a system in place, or by using a fake camera. While signage can deter some would-be robbers, more experienced burglars know what to look for, and will walk right in if there are no signs of an actual system. The problem with using fake cameras is that they offer no real protection. In many cases they don't look at all like the real thing, which won't fool robbers. And if you are robbed, you will have no way to identify the robbers.

Buying a home security system is a serious investment and should not be undertaken without proper research and thought. Consider your needs and your budget, and choose the system that will work best for you.

By Jennifer Eblin