Most homes are now fitted with an alarm system as standard. When considering the implications of home security, alarms are often the first thing that comes to mind. However, as technology has developed, there is no longer such a thing as a simple alarm. There are so many different factors involved that it can be worth looking into improving home security simply by installing a more formidable system. After all, while a simple alarm is an excellent deterrent, there is no guarantee that anyone will pay enough attention to it to prevent an intrusion.
There are several types of alarm system or different features that can serve to ensure that the home is protected as well as possible, and also a number of tips to consider when choosing a new system.
Choosing the System
- Look at service. Many companies that will provide the kind of system that will really bolster the overall home alarm system will also provide some form of support to allow the customer to get the most out of their new installation. In these cases, it is wise to check the level of support given and also check reviews of the company to see what others think about their efforts.
- Price still matters. While it is difficult to put a value on the security of the home, a good alarm system does not necessarily need to be expensive. It is important to do research on exactly what costs are involved, as many companies separate any up-front fees from installation fees, and may also add on a monthly service charge depending on the capabilities of the system. These ongoing fees may also lead to cancellation fees. Some research before buying, especially establishing the overall cost, can go a long way to installing a good alarm system.
- Is the company a market leader? When installing new alarm systems, it is always a good idea to go for the best that can be afforded. One of the traditional issues with alarms is that as they become popular, thieves and intruders become more familiar with methods of getting around them. Different companies spend significant amounts on ensuring that they stay ahead of such difficulties, meaning that newer often equals best when looking for total protection.
Features to Look For
- A modern alarm system is not only potentially linked to a protection center, but also allows the user to incorporate their own forms of surveillance. This can range from incorporating cameras into the overall alarm systems, or simply alerting the owner by email or on their cellphone when the alarm is triggered. While there can be times where the owner cannot do anything about it directly, they can inform a local friend or family member, taking the risk out of whether any attention is paid to the alarm itself.
- Many top end systems incorporate cellular monitoring. This works in a similar way to the services mentioned above, but relies on the cellular network rather than broadband, offering additional protection against a drop in service or a savvy intruder who decides to sever the phone line.
Alarm systems are the cornerstone of both domestic and commercial security, and it is well worthwhile ensuring that the system is up to date and takes advantage of as many features as possible.