Although property owners have different security needs, technology plays a crucial role with those who choose to install security technology, such as app-enabled alarms and wireless surveillance cameras. Understanding how beneficial these security technologies are in case of real-life incidents is also imperative.
There are three important things that most homeowners want to protect – family, possessions and home. It is crucial for you to undertake a preliminary security assessment to figure out what level of security is required for your home. This assessment will identify any security gaps in your house and will consider your lifestyle.
Here are some home security considerations to help you choose the best security technology for your home.
Today, most home security cameras are hybrids which means that parts are hardwired but they still make use of wireless communication.
Experts recommend using a system that communicates using a cellular network and still goes to your home’s internet. Cellular capability ensures that your system will not go down just because you lose internet service or the power goes out. Also, make sure that the system has a battery backup.
2. Self-monitoring or central monitoring
Self-monitoring means that when someone breaks into your house, you will receive a text or an email, putting you in control of the situation. You will then decide on what to do with such information – you can either pull the plug on a false alarm or contact the authorities.
But this might not be the best security system. What happens if you haven’t seen the alert because your mobile phone is on silent mode? Using a central monitoring station or monitored home alarm system may be a better option.
The peace of mind that a monitored home alarm system offers is invaluable. Knowing that there is someone readily available to respond in case the alarm is triggered is reassuring, especially when you are on a business trip or away on holiday.
Here’s how a monitored home alarm system helps protect your family, possessions and home.
If the alarm gets activated, you can avoid having to face the intruder. When you’re at home, the siren will alert you so you can make the necessary precautions. But if you are not home, your security system provider will notify you and talk you through the different options to avoid the risk of confrontation.
Acts as a deterrent
Burglars tend to avoid a property when they know there is a security system installed. Know that your security system provider will give you signs and stickers to warn possible intruders that your home is professionally protected by a reliable monitored security system.
If burglars attempt to breach your security system, the alarm siren is automatically activated. This will surely startle the intruders who will most likely stop what they are doing and quickly get out of your property to avoid getting caught.
3. Security cameras
Cameras will capture footage of an incident thereby providing evidence of a crime in case one ensues. When cameras are properly integrated into a reliable home security system, they can give you access to real-time video feed. This allows you to quickly decide on the best course of action should the alarm system be triggered.
Security cameras also bring added benefits apart from giving you a back-to-base security system. For example, you can use these cameras to monitor your pets when you are not home or check on your children while they are asleep in their rooms.
Cost is also an important consideration when choosing the best security system for your home. Installation and monitoring can be free if you choose to do the task yourself. However, it is highly advised that you let professionals install your CCTV and security system, especially if you are going for central monitoring.
The installation cost varies depending on the company you choose to work with and the type of setup. Then you need to pay a monthly subscription fee for the monitoring services.
Similar to any home project, doing research is crucial before hiring a professional installer to make sure that you are working with a licensed and accredited security provider.
Enjoy priceless peace of mind
With the variety of home security systems to choose from today, it is imperative that you understand the differences between the systems and know the key features before having one installed in your property. Whatever features and equipment you choose to integrate, once your security system is in place, you can sleep easy knowing your home is safe.
Guest article written by: Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.