If you’ve ever been concerned about packages being stolen at your front door, intruders entering your property, or burglars entering your home, the best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your home is to install a home security system.
In this article, we will outline how a home security system can benefit you, as well as the steps to take when choosing the right system for your home. Let’s get started!
Is a Home Security System Right for You?
Home security systems provide so many benefits and are more advanced today than ever before. Moreover, you can purchase a comprehensive home security system for your home without breaking the bank, configuring the options and features important to you.
Why should you buy a home security system? First and foremost, security systems deter thieves from stealing your property when you’re not at home. With many systems you can check on your home at all times via smartphone or tablet device feedback from your system.
In addition to a burglar not likely entering your home when you’re not there, a security system can help protect things like packages delivered to your front door. Deliveries are often stolen, and homeowners often have no way of finding out who committed the crime.
Next, you’ll deter thieves at seasonal homes, which may be unoccupied for many months of the year. Seasonal and vacation homes are highly susceptible to burglars, vandals, and other intruders.
Finally, you’ll be able to protect your family at all times — even when you’re inside and asleep at night. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that in the event of dangerous activity, your home security system will alert you of danger, and with some systems, even contact the police on your behalf for swift apprehension of the intruder.
7 Steps to Choosing the Right System
- Decide who will monitor your system.
You can choose to monitor your home security system yourself or have a home security company do this for you.
- Decide if you want to install your own system or have it installed by professionals.
If you’re technically inclined and have the time and patience, consider installing your own security system. Otherwise, you can have one installed by professionals for an added cost.
- Select either a wireless system or one that’s hardwired.
Hardwired systems were often seen as more reliable; however, wireless systems are becoming increasingly popular and reliable as well. Generally speaking, wireless systems will allow you to monitor your home from anywhere — while at work or on vacation.
- Choose your video surveillance preferences.
Video surveillance is a common feature for security systems. Decide whether you want features like night vision, 24/7 monitoring, recording of video, zoom and pan options, and more.
- Decide what you want to happen if there’s a security breach.
If someone tries to enter your home or there is highly suspicious activity, decide whether you want the authorities to be notified right away or if you want to be notified by your security company or the system itself.
- Ask about contract details and options.
What is the term of your agreement? What is included?
- Speak to your insurance agent about possible discounts.
In some situations and with some insurance providers, you may be able to get discounts if you have a security system installed.
Gary Ellis Insurance is always here to provide you with helpful information about the best home insurance policies for you. Have questions about how a home security system may impact your insurance or possible discounts? Ask us! We’re always available via email or phone — or stop in and see us today!