Homeowners seeking to protect their family and keep their property safe and secure are likely considering residential security systems to give them peace of mind. Home security systems are an invaluable home improvement, as more than two million home burglaries occur annually and homes without systems are 300 percent more likely to be targeted by thieves. To prevent becoming a victim, here are four popular home alarms owners should consider.
1. Monitored Residential Security Systems
The most popular home alarms today are monitored systems that connect to a call center that notifies the authorities if the alarm is triggered. In the past, these systems were only operational through traditional phone lines with wiring outside that a potential burglar could cut to disable monitored systems. However, thanks to modern technology, home monitored systems can be used in conjunction with smartphones and certain types of radios to prevent criminals from disabling the alerts to the monitoring center. Monitored systems typically cost more than others, as there are fees for the monthly monitoring costs, but it can be money well spent to keep your valuables and family secure.
2. Unmonitored Home Security Systems
Home security systems that are unmonitored are also fairly popular, as there are no monthly monitoring fees and they can be highly effective. Unmonitored home security systems are designed to set off a loud, wailing siren within and outside the home when they are triggered. The benefits of such a system are numerous, including the fact that the noise can alert homeowners who are present as well as the neighbors that something is amiss. Just the attention drawn by the noise alone can be enough to make intruders flee the scene quickly. Owners who frequently go out of town or travel may want to consider installing a system with flashing lights that lets those nearby identify where the sirens are coming from so the police can be alerted.
3. Wireless Alarm Systems
Most smart enabled wireless systems allow owners to include security measures such as video surveillance cameras and motion detecting beams and sensors. Wireless alarm systems are typically easy to install and most offer monitored and unmonitored options to choose from. Wireless alarm systems allow users to check on the status of their home and receive alerts via their smartphones, tablets and PCs for the utmost in security. There is one word of caution when installing such a system, and that is the need to find one that has an independent keypad system and alarm transmitter that cannot be disabled by an intruder who can smash and disable it at the entryway. Fortunately, there are companies who offer independent keypad systems such as SimpliSafe's wireless security system that can help alleviate such issues.
4. Electric Current Home Alarm Systems
This type of system is a bit outdated, but can be a valuable asset for those looking to secure doors and windows in a traditional way. Electric current alarm systems send out a small beep or alarm when connected windows and doors are opened. This can serve a dual purpose to keep out burglars and to keep youngsters inside during hours that these implements shouldn't be opened. One thing to consider before installing this system is that when the electricity goes out, these systems are typically disabled, and lightning can also interfere with these security systems.
Homeowners looking for effective and desirable home security systems, should contact a local real estate professional or experience security expert for further advice.
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