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Four Important Things You Should Know About Home Security Systems

Although violent crime has decreased in the United States in recent years, FBI statistics indicate that property crimes, particularly burglary, are up. Perhaps the best way to protect your home and property from burglary is a home security system. There are many types of home security systems on the market, from standalone to monitored, from hardwired to wireless, not to mention a dizzying array of accessories. Here are four things to consider when deciding on a home security system.

1. Should you install your own system or have one professionally installed? There are a number of companies that sell security systems and components for the do-it-yourselfer. But if you want a system that is monitored 24/7/365, you should lease or purchase a professionally installed system and pay the monthly fee for monitoring. For system monitoring, you can choose from a national company or a local provider. Many offer discounted monthly rates if you sign a long-term contract.

2. Should your system be hard-wired or wireless? If you are putting a system into an existing home, a wireless system is much easier to install. However, you need to make sure that the wireless system is secure and not susceptible to electrical interference from a wireless computer router or other potential sources of interference. If you have a modem on the system for monitoring and use DSL for your internet access, you will need a DSL filter in your alarm panel to prevent interference from that source.

3. What can a security system monitor? The basic function of a home security system is to monitor doors and windows, and to react with an audible alarm or an alert to a security monitoring company. But many systems can also support accessories such as carbon monoxide monitors, video cameras, fire detection monitors, motion sensors, keyless door locks, panic buttons, and more. Some newer systems will even send alerts and video images to your computer or smart phone. These additional functions are more costly, but provide greater security from a variety of threats.

4. What are some other advantages of a home security system? First, many insurance companies provide discounts on homeowner's insurance if you have a security system. Second, if you display a sign or window stickers proclaiming that you have a security system, most potential burglars will walk away without attempting entry.

The bottom line is that the average home burglary costs the homeowner $1700. So a home security system is worth at least that much. And it may be worth much more in terms of your peace of mind.

Sources
FBI Says Burglary is Up • http://www.homeownernet.comhttp://www.homeownernet.com/security/burglar/FBI_Says_Burglary_is_Up.htm,
Disarm Burglars With Wireless Alarm • http://www.hip-home.comhttp://www.hip-home.com/tips/weekly-tips/disarm-burglars-with-wireless-alarm.html,