Electronic Security Systems: Weighing the Options

A home security system should fit your home, your needs, and your budget.

Do you know how a burglar thinks? Unless you’ve ever been a thief before (and we hope you haven’t), then you probably don’t know how a thief thinks. Here’s the truth, though. They tend to go for a master bedroom before spreading out into the other parts of a house. “Master bedrooms are usually the most common room for a burglar to target. This is a jackpot room for the burglar because items like jewelry, collectibles, safes, and cash can be found here.

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Next on the burglar’s list is the home office, living room, and dining room. These rooms often display valuables openly so it’s easy for them to scan these rooms and take what they want. Valuables may include items like china dishes, flat screen TVs, gaming consoles, and more. Valuables change over time due to the development of technology and the ‘ideal’ modern home.”

When considering a home security system, it’s vital to know what you’re looking at in regards to features and cost. Also, understanding a company’s individual pricing structure will be beneficial when calculating the long-term cost. The good news is, many home security systems are much more affordable than most people realize.

What Type of Security System to You Need?

One of the first decisions you will be faced with is having to decide the kind of security system you want to install. If you own your home, you will have three basic options to choose from:

Hard-wired
Wireless
Do-it-yourself (DIY)

Cost of a Security System

If you want a hard-wired system, the cost will range from $700 – $1,800. A wireless system has a pretty wide range with cost as low as $50 and as hefty as $1,800. A DIY system can range from $95 – $1,000. If you rent a home or apartment, you may only have the option of a wireless system due to restrictions on altering walls and the structure of the home or apartment building, which is a common limitation in a rental agreement.

Most systems generally consist of a control panel, window and door sensors, motion detectors, sirens, and key fobs. A basic system is approximately $595. As you add additional equipment and services, this cost will go up. For example, extra key fobs are usually an additional $25 each. If you want to have the ability to control your thermostat, lights, locks, garage door, etc., the cost could rise by as much as $325.

The installation cost can range from $125 – $650. This will all be determined by the system you choose and the layout of your home. Any additional components to be installed will increase the installation cost. For example, if you decide to add two to three additional window and door sensors, you will have to pay extra for the installation of these components. Here at Protect America, we want everyone to be protected, which is why we offer free professional installation as well as up to $1,400 in free equipment.

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A monitoring system will increase your cost but will ensure your home is monitored 24 hours a day by a trained professional at a security company. In the event of an emergency, the monitoring service professional would notify the proper authorities quickly and then attempt to make contact with you. The fees for monitoring services could run you anywhere from $9 – $60 per month. Note that in addition to the monitoring fee, there is an activation fee, and many times, this fee can cost anywhere from $0 – $225. It is always recommended that you read any terms and conditions and fine print before agreeing to enter a contract with a company. After all, it’s important to know what you’re getting, what’s being protected and how the system works.

Always Read Reviews

When making your decision, you’ll find it extremely helpful to compare security systems by reading reviews. Once you have narrowed down your list of companies you may want to purchase a security system from, you should always check their rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Conclusion

To learn more about making sure you choose a security system that can fully meet all of your security needs, please contact Protect America today. We offer free quotes, locked-in rates, and much more.

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