Complete Guide to Home Security Systems

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Homeowners Insurance Discount

Insurance companies offer a wide variety of discounts for people who have home security systems. Here are some of the most common discounts:

A. Decrease in property value.

B. Additional locks.

C. Smoke detectors.

D. Carbon Monoxide Detection.

E. Fire alarms.

If you have a home security system, you should check with your insurance company for any discounts that you might be entitled to.

Crime Protection

Home security is an ever present danger in the society in which we live. It is impossible to escape knowing someone who has had his own home broken into or worried about a near neighbor. In fact, over 19 million homes are burglarized every year throughout the United States. These crimes are committed in our neighborhoods, on our streets, and even while we are sleeping.

In the minds of most burglars, your items can be sold on eBay for cash. They are looking for your high ticket items like computers, rare jewelry, and flat screen televisions. However, do not be fooled into thinking that thieves only break into homes when the owners are gone. They are opportunists, and if they can't get inside, they will look for another way in. Cloth stretched over an open window is often an option for them. The local police will tell you that break-ins are usually a crime of opportunity because burglars do not like to be confronted, and they hope you will never be at home.

Home Invasions

A Funny Thing to Worry About?

Imagine sitting at home in your living room enjoying the weekend movie on TV when you hear noises from the kitchen. A sound you're not familiar with. Alarmed, your pulse quickens and you naturally start to wonder, “Who's there?” In the next moment, you're being confronted by an intruder brandishing a weapon, asking, “Where is the safe?” and attempting to tie you up at gunpoint. In your adrenalin-fueled panic, your mind races, trying to grasp every detail of the criminal's appearance. Your heart pounds. You feel confused and afraid. You have just experienced a home invasion.

Take a moment to think about the reality that this event could happen to you. How does this thought make you feel? Are you nervous about what you'll do or say if it happens to you? You should be. Home invasions are a growing trend in society. Criminals are all too familiar with the perception of home invasions and are taking advantage of people's ignorance. The truth is, home invasions are no laughing matter. Many innocent people are getting hurt or even killed in these incidents every day. The time to learn about this growing problem is now.

Vandalism

Vandalism is more than just a broken window or a spray-painted wall. It has much more to do with the illusion of ownership, enforcement of positive behavior, and neutralizing the impact of others’ negative activities.

The most common definition for vandalism is the deliberate destruction of personal or public property. Vandalism is typically done by rival gangs or is carried out by a person or group for the sake of notoriety, or to gain some kind of favor with someone. It can involve the random destruction of property or the painting of graffiti or designs on a specific structure. This is an illegal activity.

North America is not immune to this problem. In fact, the numbers have been on the rise for years, in particular, the number of property crimes, including vandalism and graffiti. There have been many solutions to this problem and will continue to be in the future, but here are some measures both businesses and homeowners can take to keep themselves and their property safe.That said,

  • If you have any obvious signs of vandalism on your property, report it immediately.
  • Have someone keep in contact with your insurance agent, if you have one, on a regular basis.
  • Take precautions by putting up fences, signs, or gates.
  • Keep important information out of sight, do not make your home a target.

Theft

Of your valuables can bring you tremendous losses of money and peace of mind. Unfortunately, no victim is completely off-limits and a home security system can be breached. In order to avert this, you have to keep your security system updated and in good working condition. You have to educate your family and friends who are in charge of security in your absence. Also, you have to trust your instinct and if something feels wrong, trust your gut feeling and call the authorities.

In this post, we will take a look at the most common issues connected to home security systems. We will take a look at the various components of a home security system and go over what to expect from each one of them. We will also give you all the information that you need to decide which home security solution is the best one for you.

Remote Monitoring and Control

Remote monitoring refers to the ability to view and control your security system’s functions, using the internet. It is common for most modern security systems to have remote monitoring. Some systems will allow you to access the platform via your mobile device as well.

When setting up monitoring, you will be able to view and control all of your security system’s features from an app installed on your smart phone. Usually, you can arm the system, turn off of your lights, adjust temperatures, and monitor your surveillance footage. Most systems will email you to alert you of certain events and you may also be able to receive texts. You can even program your security system to call you, if there is an event and you miss it.

Some of the optional features of remote monitoring may be:

Notifications:

Notifications are helpful when it comes to crime prevention and it makes sense to install such features especially when you can’t be home all the time. This alert system can be programmed to call you, send an email, or a text.

Camera and surveillance:

This feature is helpful when you want to view the camera footage of your home or office. This camera can be connected to both your TV and mobile device and it is clear and crisp on the TV.

Home automation:

Emergency Response

The best way to protect your home and family is by traveling or being at work when a disaster strikes. However, the face of domestic terrorism, natural disaster, terrorist attacks, and overall nastiness that can take place means that it is a good idea to have some type of emergency response plan for your family.

The first thing that you need to do with your plan is teach everyone in your family how to respond to an emergency situation. Every member of the household should know what to do in the event of a fire, lock-down, or even suspicious activity outside your home. You can have a plan where a certain member of the household goes with a specific member of the family to a certain place to a certain location Unusual activity such as a break in, for example, should be a call to 911.

For example, if it is dark outside and the neighbors are having a party with loud music, all members should know what to do. If someone is struggling with the front door lock when they come home after a long day of work, they should quickly call 911 and get their family to their nearest destination. Let’s assume you have a two-story home and the family first moves to their downstairs family room. They can contact 911 and then wait for the police or emergency personnel to arrive.

Home Security Considerations

Considering the security of the most important asset you have–your home, and the treasures found there, is the most vital security precaution a homeowner can have. After all, how can you claim to be a homeowner if your home isn’t safe? Protecting your valuables and your loved ones is one of the main reasons many homeowners choose to install security systems.

When it comes to selecting a security system for your home, your top priority should be peace of mind. There are many different security systems and many different ways to protect your home and possessions. But if you are going to spend money, you may as well find a security system that works. You may also want to consult a security professional who can tell you the best type and location for your system.

Individual vs. Family

One of the first considerations you will have to make when shopping for an alarm monitoring company is whether you want to receive alerts for your home or if you want to receive alerts for your family. Individual monitoring is when you receive alerts for yourself or another person, while family monitoring is when you receive alerts for people who live with you or are a part of your household.

The more people you add to group monitoring, the higher the price of your monitoring contract will be. If you are looking for the cheapest monitoring possible, individual monitoring is probably for you.

If you are looking for affordable monitoring for others in your household, family planning monitoring is for you. You can save money on monitoring by signing up for a multi-user contract with a monitoring company. Not only that, adding the number of people who live in your home to receive alarms this way can help you save on taxes. Each person within your home will receive their own alarm, but you will still only be charged for one contract with the monitoring company.

House vs. Apartment vs. Business

The best security systems are able to notify the police and your security company when there is a break-in. They can also effectively monitor all movement inside and outside of your home. Unfortunately, there is not a single security system that is able to do all of this. When purchasing a home security system, make sure that it can do the following:

Alert you by phone, text, and/or via the internet.

Alert the Police

If the police are not nearby, automatically call the police.

Alert a Neighbor Who Is Close Enough to the Home

Monitors all movement inside and outside of your home.

Automatically notify the police or your security company if a smoke or fire is detected.

Monitors all movement created by your pets and/or confirm that they have been fed.

Surveillance footage is historically dated and date and time stamped.

Has sensors for at least the common security risks such as doors, windows, motion, vibration, and glass breakage.

Gives audible, visible, and/or vibrational evidence to prove that a break-in has occurred.

Some security systems combine the features of alarm systems and home automation systems. Home automation systems utilize wireless security cameras, door/window sensors, motion sensors, panic buttons, and sirens. To save money on monthly fees, you can purchase a home security system separately.

Professional Monitoring vs. Self Monitoring

These two services are different for all homes that have security systems installed. If you choose to have a professionally monitored system, then there will be someone who checks the system daily and sends the response to the central station when anything goes wrong. These people will then come to your property and fix the issue as needed. The monitoring is done from the central station and you are in touch with them.

For self monitoring, you can check the system on your mobile phone from anywhere in the world. You are responsible for the security of your home. The security alert then comes to you and you have to decide the best course of action. This is necessary, since the police will come if there is an issue. In other words, the person who is dealing with a break-in will be you, and no one else.

Self monitoring is better in case your system has been breached and you have to make immediate action to prevent any vandalism. The company keeps track of all the security features you camera and can help decide when to use your pin code. If you are looking for the best system, then hire a company that will design the system based on what you need. If you are not looking for a system that is controlled from a central location, opt for a self-monitoring system.

Indoor Needs vs. Outdoor Needs

By and large, when you have a home security system, its components are going to be either indoor or outdoor. What we’re going to discuss here could just as easily be a post on their own, but since they are two important topics, we’ll combine them for simplicity’s sake. We’ll talk about the specific differences between indoor and outdoor needs, and then look at which products would be best in each situation.

There is a wide range of needs that can be covered by a home security system these days. How you set up your system depends on your specific needs and some may not be addressed by a single security system. So think of this as a quick reference guide, with which you can decide which components you want to have in your home and then it’s up to you to figure how you’re going to achieve those goals with the system you have.

The first thing you need to know is where you want the cameras and other security system components. What’s the best spot to put a camera? Is it outside or is it inside? Sending wires for your security system components is a terrible inconvenience, so you need to know where you want to put your sensors, keypads, and surveillance devices before you can start.

Equipment

Many comprehensive security systems come with a two-way radio. This enables you to communicate with the monitoring station and alert authorities regarding an emergency.

Keychain Remote

Most security systems capable of surveillance offer a miniature remote, that attaches to a keychain, to aid in protecting your home. When you travel, you can place the remote in a location you deem safe. The remote will trigger the alarm if moved.

Motion Detector

Motion detectors are small enough to be hidden behind paintings or plants, inside drawers and cupboards, or any small space that makes for a good hiding spot. They work by sensing motion with a beam of infrared light. When this light is disturbed or interrupted, you’ll know an area has been infiltrated.

Door/Window Sensor

These sensors are made to detect foreign movement around the entrance of a home. They operate by sensing thermal differences. When an intruder breaks the beam, the sensor will send a signal to the security panel.

Smoke Detector

These are used mainly to alert you to a fire, but may also be used to detect trace amounts of smoke or carbon monoxide.

Multiplexer

A multiplexer is used to connect security panels to different pieces of equipment.

Security Cameras

Surveillance cameras have been instrumental in the reduction of burglary and property crime over the last decade. They also help deter crime from happening at your home and can generate a sense of added security. When looking for security cameras for home security, consider the following factors:

Price Point

Depending on where you plan on installing the cameras, you may need to install them at different levels such as windows and ceilings. Keep these installation levels in mind when considering your budget. Security cameras can be acquired at any price point, from a few hundred dollars to thousands. The more expensive the camera, the more features and capabilities it's likely to have. For instance, pricier cameras will typically have a better night vision capability when compared with cameras in the same class.

Image Quality

Once you’ve considered your price point, you will need to think about the kind of image quality you want your security camera to provide. The images provided by the cheaper security cameras are good enough for home surveillance, but may not be good enough for use as evidence in an insurance claim.

Doorbell Cameras

A doorbell camera is an electronic device that’s installed at your front door. When someone pushes the doorbell button, the camera sends a video signal to your cell phone. The only caveat is that your phone needs to be on you at all times in order for the camera to send you notifications.

They’re great for families with babies, toddlers, and older children because you can use them to keep a watchful eye on your family members when they are outside. While baby monitors make calls to your phone, you don’t always have your phone with you. A doorbell camera is like having a security camera, without the hassle of setting up a whole security system.

You can also use them to make sure packages are delivered to your door, and to check on your elderly neighbors. This is an excellent way to ensure that your family and friends are safe.

There are a number of drawbacks to doorbell cameras. For example, they work best when you have a data plan. Some companies may also charge you a fee for each notification sent to your phone.

When selecting the right doorbell for you, be sure to research your options thoroughly and read a lot of doorbell reviews. Some companies may end up costing you more than expected.

Smart Locks

Smart locks are attractive to anyone who lives in an area where crime is a concern. They let you lock and unlock your front door with your smartphone, and let you give access to people while preventing others from entering. They also keep you notified of all activity, so you can tell if there has been a break-in or a threat to your home or family.

Smart locks can be coded to each individual’s fingerprints, so a stranger couldn’t just put on a pair of gloves, press their hand against the door, and unlock it.

They operate very similarly to the way a keypad on a regular lock works, with the exception of the keypad actually being biometric. A fingerprint scanner works as the keypad on the door, to let you and only you allow someone else access.

Smart locks are great for people who have to be away from home often for work, and who need to let cleaners or other service people in. However, there are also instances when you want to be able to let a friend or family member into the house when you aren’t there. You don’t want to be logged into your phone all day just to open up the door. If you use smart tech for your security system, it’s even possible to grant others temporary access.

Security Sensors

A security sensor is an electronic device which detects a security threat such as a break-in or unauthorized entry. Security sensors are now available in a range of simple and complex models. Based on the detection principle, they can be classified into:

Acoustic sensors- these are used at high-prohibited zones, such as windows. They detect the sound of breaking glass and proceed to alert the control.

Motion sensors- used in areas with high traffic activity, such as corridors and doorways. The sensors observe the input of movement and trigger an alarm output.

Vibration sensors- these are attached to a specific object or surface to alarm when tampered with. The security sensor sends out an alert when it detects the vibration level is beyond a certain level.

The security sensors are activated by a control unit. Depending on the type of security system you install, you will have different options in terms of the sensor models you can choose from.

Environmental Sensors

Environmental sensors are used to trigger an alarm signal when specific elements such as light, heat, motion of moving people / vehicles, water flow, and humidity are detected.

Light Sensors

Light sensors are used to detect when a window or door is opened. This is done by using a light-sensitive sensor mounted on the frame of the window or door. The sensor responds to any interference of light and triggers an alarm signal when the light is obstructed or the light is too dim or bright.

Motion Detector

Motion detector are used to detect any motions or unwanted movements in your home. Motion detector works simply by measuring any movements in a specific area such as inside the hallway or room. When there is a movement detected, the alarm system records the data and send out an alarm signal.

Features

Home security systems are getting smarter all the time, with homeowners able to buy systems that speak to each other through a network. More and more, home security systems are also connecting to alarm monitoring centers. This allows you to call a company to have police dispatched to your home if it is invaded. In many cases, the authorities will get there even before the alarm company. Of course, home security systems are also great for keeping your belongings safe. Because home security systems have improved so much, and the cost of doing so has come down significantly, more and more people are considering home security systems.

With home security systems, you can use them to protect your home, your belongings, and sometimes, even your pets. You can also monitor the weather from the comfort of your own home. Your home security system will alert you if someone is trying to break in, and even if someone is just breaking down the door. You can also watch video of what is happening at someone else’s house, and even talk to them. In addition, with the right systems, you can control your heating and air conditioning from home, and even keep tabs on the pool.

Home Automation

How easy is it to automate your home security system?

This is what a typical smart home would look like, when you can control your home security system with an app on your phone. You can control the lights, dim the lights, turn off the lights, open and close your garage, and arm and disarm your home security system.

The most advanced automation is to automatically turn on your lights, set your alarm, and start your security camera recording when you leave your home. Think of how much money you can save by letting your home security system automatically turn on and off your lights at different times of the day.

In seconds, you can setup your home security system to automatically start a security camera recording when motion is detected. You will never miss a thief in the act, or forget to tape a special moment again.

The motion sensors are a great option when you can afford to invest in a surveillance system, but you don’t necessarily want a camera in every single nook and cranny of your home … yet. Motion sensors are a relatively inexpensive way to get started with home security camera systems but they still have all of the great benefits.

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24/7 Monitoring

Nearly all security providers offer a basic installation, monitoring and equipment package. Plans with additional features, equipment, or placement flexibility may cost more.

A basic security system will protect your home from fires, floods, smoke, carbon monoxide, and theft.

Some security providers offer a wireless system, which is suitable for homes.

While the differences vary by provider, most security systems include a control panel, a main line, and a backup.

In popular home security setups, some or all of the following options may be available: 24/7 professional monitoring (standard), key fobs (common), 4-8 video cameras (standard), 2-4 door or window security sensors (standard), garage door remotes (common), audible alarm siren (standard), panic buttons (common), and smart home systems (less common).

Environmental Protection

Sensors

Environmental sensor is an effective way to protect a home from many common environmental and weather hazards. Detection technology can both save lives and property as environmental sensors can alert you to dangerous situations in time to take action to prevent damage.

In addition, environmental sensors can also be used for other applications and be on the lookout for other hazards such as fire and flooding.

The environmental sensors can be wireless as well as wired but in either case are most commonly used to detect hazardous natural occurrences. Some of the different types of environmental sensors include: Wind Speed Sensors, Wind Speed Measuring Instruments, Wind Speed Indicators, Windbreak Sensor, Rainfall Sensors, Snowfall Sensors, Rainfall Measuring Instruments, Rainfall Indicators, Air Quality Sensors, Weather Sensors, and Hail Sensor.

By combining specially calibrated sensors with other environmental conditions such as wind speed and temperature, these sensors can detect the presence of wind and weather hazards like hail and fog. Being able to accurately detect wind speed and environmental factors such as air quality, humidity, and temperature, these environmental sensors are able to alert agencies and communities that are especially sensitive to these conditions like the elderly, ill, and schoolchildren that are indoors. This increased awareness allows people to take refuge from extreme weather conditions and to properly prepare for severe weather.

Video Streaming and Recording

There are many security systems that include video streaming. These systems record to a hard drive that you have to purchase separately. You can also purchase a security system that records to a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. While these do have more initial costs, the cost after buying the system will be much lower due to the monthly fees. They also have the added benefit of being able to connect to mobile devices and stream from anywhere.

Some of the newer security systems can be controlled through a mobile device. You can turn on the system, make sure all the doors and windows are closed, and even begin to record any activity. Many of the newer systems can also notify you when an event has occurred. You can even stream the recordings to other devices. There are some systems that don’t even require you to subscribe to a monitoring service.

App Control

This is where the camera, keypad, alarm system and computer monitor or television are all connected to one another. The control center of the home security system can be accessed remotely via Wi-Fi. A person away at work or traveling on vacation can keep an eye on the house by checking in on video feeds from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

From a long distance, these people can also change the state of their alarm system if they so desire. For example, if they were to set the alarm to a state of alert, the burglar would be notified that they have been spotted. This allows for an opportunity to hide from the threat.

Equipment

The equipment needed to connect to the system remotely requires a constant source of power. Some equipment installed into your home may require professional installation services. A perfectly working security system is no good if the equipment is not able to connect and provide full operation.

Plus, system equipment must be compatible with the brand of security system. For example, some cameras only work with certain brands. Small issues such as equipment compatibility can be easily resolved, but doing so is tedious and time consuming.

Costs

Security systems are not cheap, but then we tend to think they are visible and understood to criminals. Not! According to a number of surveys, many burglars will not even try to rob a house with an alarm system. However, it doesn't mean that it is not a good idea to have one in your home or your business.

You can choose what type of system you want, but in case you buy one out of your budget, then you should customize the system and install only the sensors that you believe are important. You can save some money by having certain areas of your home monitored less routinely, for instance, you don't need to have your garage monitored.

However, your security system has to be paid on a monthly basis. Although you save money on buying sensors, the price can quickly add up if you have a lot of sensors and you need a full time monitoring.

Home security systems vary in price depending on the quality and the number of features. Your budget will dictate what home security system you choose. If you are planning to install a home security system on your own, it tends to be less expensive than if you hire someone to install it for you. If you can't save enough money, you can also finance your home security system and have it paid in monthly payments.

Equipment

Many comprehensive security systems come with a two-way radio. This enables you to communicate with the monitoring station and alert authorities regarding an emergency.

Keychain Remote

Most security systems capable of surveillance offer a miniature remote, that attaches to a keychain, to aid in protecting your home. When you travel, you can place the remote in a location you deem safe. The remote will trigger the alarm if moved.

Motion Detector

Motion detectors are small enough to be hidden behind paintings or plants, inside drawers and cupboards, or any small space that makes for a good hiding spot. They work by sensing motion with a beam of infrared light. When this light is disturbed or interrupted, you’ll know an area has been infiltrated.

Door/Window Sensor

These sensors are made to detect foreign movement around the entrance of a home. They operate by sensing thermal differences. When an intruder breaks the beam, the sensor will send a signal to the security panel.

Smoke Detector

These are used mainly to alert you to a fire, but may also be used to detect trace amounts of smoke or carbon monoxide.

Multiplexer

A multiplexer is used to connect security panels to different pieces of equipment.

Activation

You may have noticed that there are 3 common methods of activating your home video surveillance system. These are;

Keypad activation – uses a keypad for activating and deactivating the system.

Wireless transmitters – uses a wireless transmitter for activating and deactivating the system.

Voice Activation – Uses a Sound Sensor for Activating and Deactivating the System

While all 3 methods are efficient, they have their own advantages and disadvantages. You should choose the method that is most suitable to your needs.

Installation

The most common type of home security system is the self-contained, wireless alarm system. This is the type that has a control panel, sensors, a siren, and a remote control. Because they are wireless, they are easy to install. Simply insert the batteries into the control panel and sensors, and plug the control panel into an outlet. You can then attach the window sensor to the bottom of any window, and install the motion detector on the wall. Some models even use magnetic tape to attach the motion detector to the wall. There is no need to drill any holes to install the wireless alarm system. If you do decide to go with a wired security system, you need to run the wires throughout the entire house. This is much more time consuming, and you will need to have holes drilled to wire the system.

Both wired and wireless security systems have advantages and disadvantages. While having wires to use as a guide for drilling your holes is helpful, you have to make sure you are going in the correct direction. If you try install multiple door and window sensors, and the wires cross, you have crossed wires, which can cause the alarm system to stop working. With a wireless system, you do not need a guide to install it. However, you have to scan and set up every sensor by walking to it. This can be annoying, especially if you have to set up more than one sensor.

Storage

Inside vs. Outside

Situation: Don't Waste Money Obsolete Cameras and Tapes Outside

Depending on your security system you will either save all records to a storage device inside your home or use a storage system outside your home. Storage devices outside are usually DVR (Digital Video Recorders) and while inexpensive work they can fail or be targeted by thieves. Pay particular attention to purchasers’ reviews before choosing a storage device. For external storage to protect against bad weather and theft, it is still highly recommend to purchase a locking subject to protect the DVR.

If you choose to save video locally to your home one of the first things you should consider is the amount of storage space you need. In general most security systems will come with a hard disk drive (HDD) that can hold several days’ worth of video, but you can upgrade to a larger hard disk to save on extra long recordings. If you choose to save video locally to your home one of the first things you should consider is the amount of storage space you need. In general most security systems will come with a hard disk drive (HDD) that can hold several days’ worth of video, but you can upgrade to a larger hard disk to save on extra long recordings.

Monitoring

To maintain the security of your home, and to monitor its overall "health", you need a comprehensive monitoring system for your home. Even though alarm systems are based on detection (i.e. intrusion, smoke, CO, etc.), monitoring extends the benefits of the alarm by improving its effectiveness and even avoiding false alarms by managing unchecked causes like leaks, broken windows, and failed motion sensors in the event of a power outage.

A good monitoring system, including a professionally-installed alarm with monitoring, covers the basics of home security. The standard components of a home security system include:

  • ~Alarm system with sensors for doors and windows
  • ~Video monitoring
  • ~Centralized monitoring to receive signals from the sensors
  • ~Programmable system for time- or unusual-activity-based alarms
  • ~Service for keeping alarm system in top working order

The features that are available can be grouped into basic and advanced.

Basic Security Features

Monitoring – the monitoring service normally operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Monitoring personnel are trained to know when the alarm is going off and can often remote from work or home to respond. This means you can call in on your cell phone, a second phone line, or through a computer/tablet device to speak directly to a professional monitoring service.

Installation

The most common type of home security system is the self-contained, wireless alarm system. This is the type that has a control panel, sensors, a siren, and a remote control. Because they are wireless, they are easy to install. Simply insert the batteries into the control panel and sensors, and plug the control panel into an outlet. You can then attach the window sensor to the bottom of any window, and install the motion detector on the wall. Some models even use magnetic tape to attach the motion detector to the wall. There is no need to drill any holes to install the wireless alarm system. If you do decide to go with a wired security system, you need to run the wires throughout the entire house. This is much more time consuming, and you will need to have holes drilled to wire the system.

Both wired and wireless security systems have advantages and disadvantages. While having wires to use as a guide for drilling your holes is helpful, you have to make sure you are going in the correct direction. If you try install multiple door and window sensors, and the wires cross, you have crossed wires, which can cause the alarm system to stop working. With a wireless system, you do not need a guide to install it. However, you have to scan and set up every sensor by walking to it. This can be annoying, especially if you have to set up more than one sensor.

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Summary

Buying a home security system can be an intimidating experience if you are new to the market. And, even if you’ve purchased a system before, the many features and options out there can make things difficult to understand. The following is a summary of the most pertinent points covered in this article.

Do you need a system?

If you are asking yourself this question, the chances are, the answer is yes. Burglaries in the United States have declined steadily in the last few years. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.2 million burglaries, down from 1.55 million in 2006. Still, that's a lot of people who have been robbed. And, most people would agree that if something could be done to substantially reduce the chances of getting robbed, they would be willing to pay for it. If you are still on the fence, ask yourself if you would feel more comfortable knowing that you're protected.

Different Ways to Protect Your Home

There are a few different ways you can protect your home from intruders, including:

Detection & Alarm

If you're concerned with deterring a burglar before they even get beyond your door, you'll want to think about installation of a system that is designed to detect break-ins. These systems typically include motion detectors and sensor alarms.