Halloween will soon be upon us! Is your home protected from ghouls and goblins?
The best way to ensure the safety of your family and property is with a comprehensive home security system. After all, your home is outfitted with fire detectors to prevent fire and carbon monoxide detectors to prevent poison exposure — two of the most common household dangers. But what about other dangers where you and your family may be at risk? Most notably, what about protecting your home from intrusion and burglary?
In this guide, we will outline the top reasons why you should consider a home security system in the first place. And we’ll also go over the features to look for when shopping for these products.
Why Install a Home Security System?
There are numerous reasons to have a home security system installed in your house. Most particularly, you’ll be protecting your family and yourself from possible harm.
Even in areas of Arizona that are generally safe, unexpected burglaries and intrusions can happen. The good news here is that home security systems are extremely effective at stopping home invasions. They’ll either stop intruders in their tracks, or they’ll deter them altogether because burglars know that home security systems catch predators and that they’ll be face-to-face with law enforcement very soon if they attempt a burglary or intrusion in a home where there is security.
Additionally, if you own a seasonal home that’s left empty much of the year, you’ll be able to ensure the safety of your property there as well. Everything can be done remotely. Check that packages are delivered and not stolen from your porch via smartphone while away from your home, and always know what’s going on at your front door.
Choosing the Right System for You
You’ll have many choices to consider when it comes to finding a security system for your home. First, consider how you want your home monitored. This consideration generally comes down to how you want the authorities contacted if your home is broken into or someone’s on your property when they shouldn’t be. If you prefer to keep track of your home’s security yourself and want to have the option of calling in a break-in on your own when necessary, this is an option that most DIY systems offer. You’ll generally have a wireless system that connects to your smartphone or tablet device with an app where you can keep tabs on your home and entrances.
On the other hand, some homeowners prefer the help of professional security companies who have broad systems to keep you and your family safe 24/7. These systems will pick up any suspicious activity near your home and property and when necessary, alert authorities in your area.
Next, consider how you want your system installed. If you prefer to do it yourself, keep in mind that there may be some installation challenges you didn’t expect. Professional installation is a great option, but then again, it can be more expensive.
Finally, consider the numerous other options that you’ll have to choose from as you shop around for a new security system:
- Video surveillance options, including 24/7 video feed, night vision options, zoom, and pan options, and more
- Home automation options
- Alarm and light options
- All entrance intruder detection options
- Wireless versus hardwired options
- Contract terms if you choose to go with a professional security company
The Don Neeley Agency can help you look at the benefits of having a new security system installed in your home — one of which may include insurance discounts. Keep in mind that not all insurance companies offer discounts for having a security system, but it’s worth looking into. Contact us at your leisure by phone or stop by to see us today for more information.