A security alarm system is a must have for every home. They are not only essential for homeowners who live in areas where the crime rate is high, but also for people who live elsewhere.
3 Reasons why you should have a home security system:
- To keep unwanted people out
When the alarm system goes off, the thieves will immediately leave the premises before the authorities get there. Common crooks rarely break into houses which have alarm systems. They scare the bad guys away.
- To have the feeling of sense of security wherever you are
Peace of mind that your house and everything in it is safe makes you have a relaxed day. You will be able to concentrate on your work more and be more efficient. If you have traveled, you will be able to enjoy your vacation more knowing that you will find everything in your house as you left it.
- Enables remote access to your home
You can have cameras installed in and around your home to see what is happening in the premises. This lets you know who came over when you were there not just burglars.
Disadvantages of the alarms:
- False alarms
It is estimated that around 80% of the times the alarm goes off is usually a false alarm. The alarm may be triggered by so many things. Motion detectors and sensors may be triggered by stray cats and dogs.
- High cost of installation and maintenance
It is relatively expensive to invest in a home security system. You are charged upfront for equipment, installation and activation fees. Also, you are charged a monthly monitoring fee if you decide on a monitored security system.
- Response time may be slow
If you are living in a big city, it might take the authorities more than 30 minutes to get to your house after the alarm goes off. This gives the burglars enough time to finish up stealing what they need and leaving with no hurry.
Common types of alarm systems suitable for a home:
- Monitored security systems
They consist of a 24-hour surveillance of your home by a security professional from a security company. When the security personnel realizes that the security of your home has been compromised, they immediately contact the authorities. The authorities get there in a shorter time compared to if the system was unmonitored.
- Unmonitored security systems
These work on loud sirens. When the alarm goes off, the sirens immediately go off alerting everyone around that area that security in your house has been breached. The sirens can also be fitted with flickering lights to draw more attention. The burglars are then scared off.
- They don’t have monitoring fees attached to them making them a bit cost effective.
- Unmonitored systems can be a nuisance because of their noisy nature in the case of frequent false alarms.
When choosing an alarm system, choose the one that is most suitable for you. Consider the cost and effectiveness of the system before you decide which one to purchase.