06 May What Makes Up the Best Security Systems?
In the United States burglaries occur approximately once every 15 seconds. Homes without monitored alarm systems are three times more likely to be targeted by burglars than protected homes. If you’re thinking of getting a home security system, you have literally thousands of alarm companies to choose from. How will you determine which is actually the best home security company?
Wireless and Cellular
If you’re shopping for home security, start by determining which features are important to you. First, choose between traditional systems and the newer wireless variety. This decision may be fairly easy. Wireless is hugely popular in home security these days, because wireless technology offers many advantages over the traditional hard-wired approach.
Wireless security sensors communicate with the alarm system control unit over a wireless frequency. Setting up this type of equipment requires no drilling or complicated connections – which means it’s easy, and you don’t end up with holes in your walls. You can set up the system yourself, at your own convenience, without having to schedule (and wait on) a professional installer. Why bring strangers into your house if you don’t have to? With the flexibility of wireless, you can move or add sensors any time. Best, of all, you skip the installation charge!
Wireless systems offer:
- Time savings
- Money savings
The other type of security technology associated with wireless home security is cellular monitoring. The best home security system will have cellular monitoring as well as wireless equipment. With this type of alarm system, you get a cellular radio device built into the control unit. The system uses this device to signal for help in emergencies, communicating with a central monitoring station over a secure cellular network, rather than using your land line phone or internet connection.
This cellular communication is critical because both phone and internet lines are vulnerable. Burglars can bring down a wired security system simply by snipping the lines with wire-cutters. Power outages and weather can also affect phone and internet service. Do you want to be rebooting your modem during a break-in? No? Then we recommend the built-in safety of a cellular system. We think you’ll appreciate the extra reliability and peace of mind. And if you don’t have a land line – no problem!
Many of today’s best alarm systems also include advanced features to fit the demands of a mobile, interactive lifestyle. If you’re looking for a security system you can access and control from the road, be sure your security provider offers cutting-edge features, including free mobile apps, video security cameras, instant alert notification, home automation, an online customer portal and a variety of customization options. These features will give you mobility, knowledge and control. You should be able to access your home security via virtually any device that can connect to the internet – a computer, tablet or smartphone. Sensor-triggered alerts will keep you looped in, via email or text. If a window breaks, or the power goes out, you’ll know it. If your child gets home, opens a medicine cabinet, or throws a party, you’ll know it. Unique user access codes tell you who entered your house and when.
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