Keeping your home (and your loved ones inside!) safe and secure is likely one of your top priorities. Studies have shown that homes without a home security system are two to three times more likely to be broken into, yet only about 14 percent of homes in America have one.
That being said, investing in a home security system is somewhat of a “no-brainer.” What’s not a no-brainer, however, is which type of security system is right for your family and your home. Choosing a system can get complicated and frustrating when you’re faced with the numerous types and technologies on the market. Simplify your search with this guide from your friends at Neighborly.
There are several types of home security systems to consider for your home, ranging from traditional systems to more recent innovations.
- Monitored systems: A monitored system is the most traditional and most common kind of home security system. When an alarm is tripped, a call center will notify the police. Because a professional is ready and available to assist 24/7, monitored alarm systems are typically the more expensive option. There are several well-known home security brands that provide these systems to homeowners and will work to create a home security solution tailored to your needs.
- Unmonitored systems: In contrast, unmonitored systems don’t come with the ‘round the clock support from professionals at a call center. Instead, these systems rely on the support of your neighbors to hear the alarm and call the police. Although this system is more affordable, it might not be enough to protect your home when you or your neighbors are away from home.
- Self-monitored systems: Most traditional monitored systems rely on a landline, which does little to secure your home if a burglar is able to cut the wires before a call center can receive the signal. In addition, many homeowners are doing away with their landline, so these systems are slowly becoming obsolete. (To combat this, consider a hybrid system!) With a self-monitored system, you make the call. You’ll receive a text message or an email if your system thinks someone has broken in, and you make the next move – either to call the authorities or to deem it a “false alarm.” Self-monitoring is becoming increasingly popular, especially with advancements in technology.
- Specialty systems: In addition to general home security systems, there are specialty systems that can be added to your general system to serve a more specific purpose, including smoke alarm systems, medical alarm systems and critical alarm systems. Medical alarm systems, for example, provide a button exclusively for medical emergencies, perfect for elderly parents who would find comfort in knowing they are being monitored.
With the dawn of home technology and “smart home ecosystems,” your home security system can be more customizable and accessible than ever before. Here are a few of the innovations in home security:
- Remote monitoring – Remote monitoring puts your home in the palm of your hand. New technology allows you to arm and disarm your system, lock your doors and more, all from your smart phone or tablet.
- Fingerprint door locks – If you have a smart phone, you can utilize fingerprint technology. Fingerprint door locks are becoming increasingly popular for an added level of security.
- Smart cameras – Home security cameras are becoming more common with the ability to connect cameras to Wi-Fi. You can view photos and videos anywhere, anytime.
- Doorbell cameras – Doorbell cameras are perfect for keeping an eye on your front door without interruption from what you’re doing. You can watch your package being delivered or meet the neighborhood friends at the door before they knock or ring.
Now that you know a little bit more about home security systems, you can confidently choose the type and technologies that best suit your family’s needs. Check out our other Neighborly blogs for more helpful tips and tricks for the home!