Home security systems are becoming massively popular again, but many are confused about what they offer. If you’re new to home security systems and want to ensure you make the right choices, you’re not alone! These are the top things to know.
Almost sixty percent of burglars say they would attempt a different location if the one they’re looking at has a visible security system. The main reason is they can’t tell if a security system is fake or real, and being safe by avoiding it all together feels like the safer option to them. So the most certain thing to deter them is a camera of some kind, whether that’s a camera doorbell or a classic security camera on your porch.
Stickers on windows and signs in the lawn can help to some degree, but these have to stay updated so that it doesn’t look fake. Although you can buy these as fake props, it’s better to have real home security systems in place to protect you from the 40% of burglars who don’t care about cameras or signs.
Most security systems are battery-operated, which means that even if your power is out, you can still be aware of anything happening within your home. Although it can’t stop flooding or other natural disasters, it can catch criminals and ensure that either your items are returned, or you get compensated by your homeowners’ insurance for them. This perk is great if you live in an area with power outages often or your circuit breaker panel is on the exterior of your home.
Many people like to stay with the cliche of having a fence and a dog to fight any potential theft. But, unfortunately, fences can hide criminals from view if they get into your backyard, and if someone is willing to break into your home, a dog usually won’t stop them.
A good security system will alert you that someone is on your property and ensure that you’re able to take the safest actions instead of having to worry about your dog.
Every installation is different depending on the company: and many are complicated. Although most don’t require external power besides a battery, some need to be wired into your home, taking a lot of work and focus. If you have to hire someone to install this or pay to have the company install it themselves, this can take time and money away, on top of the fact that the wired ones may not be able to connect during a power outage.
Consider what protection you need for your home and how you want it to function. Cameras are always a plus, it’s good to see possible thieves and divert them away, and door and window sensors can be a plus! Don’t be afraid to shop around and seek out what will suit you the best.