How to choose a home security system

How to choose a home security system

Did you know that homes without security systems are 2.7x more likely to be burgled?

Your home is your castle where you house your loved ones and prized possessions. But what kind of castle doesn’t have a moat or some form of security?

Since the beginning of time, security has been essential and with property crime increasing, the time is now to fortify your home before it’s too late.

How do I choose a home security system? Where do I start?

First thing’s first, home security systems provide added layers of protection, but have you got your bases covered?

Protecting your home starts from the inside out so make sure all your doors and windows have deadbolts and that you avoid these common home security mistakes.

Once you’ve done that, you can start asking yourself the following questions to choose a security system that suits your needs.

Why do I want a home security system?

When choosing a home security system, it’s important to consider why you want a home security system as not all security systems do everything.

A security system can help you:

1) prevent a break in from happening
2) alert you to someone breaking in
3) scare a burglar away after they have broken in
4) capture evidence to help the Police catch the burglar

The type of home security system you choose is highly dependent on why you want a home security system.

What are the different types of home security systems?

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The security systems available today include everything from traditional Fixed Wired Systems, to CCTV systems or WiFi (or IP) cameras.

Traditional Fixed Wired Systems

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These systems include lots of fixed hardware such as control panels, motion sensors, high decibel alarms and security cameras. While they require costly professional installation, they are reliable and suitable for large homes if you don’t mind drilling holes into walls and floors to connect the wires.

Traditional fixed wired systems are great for if you want to prevent a break in for happening and scaring a burglar away after they have broken in. However, if you want the peace of mind of being alerted if someone is trying to break in or capturing evidence, you would have to pay extra for monitoring and security cameras as not all fixed wired system packages come with cameras.

CCTV Systems

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Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems are old school fixed wired cameras mostly used in public spaces, celebrity mansions and by large businesses. They often include cameras that capture video footage 24/7, digital video recorder boxes and video monitors to view the cameras.

Whilst CCTV systems are powerful deterrents and very durable, they are expensive and require costly professional installation. More importantly, they don’t alert you to someone breaking in and don’t scare burglars away after they have broken in.

WiFi (IP) cameras

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WiFi camera systems are easy to setup wireless devices that allow for remote monitoring via mobile phone or web applications. If you are a renter or live in a small to medium sized home, wireless systems are ideal as they do not require drilling into walls, floors and ceilings. However, keep in mind that while WiFi cameras cover a wide area, if you have a large house, several cameras can put a strain on your home WiFi. Want to find out how much data WiFi camera systems use?

Nevertheless, the benefits outweigh the negatives as WiFi camera systems are inexpensive, easy to setup yourself and portable. WiFi camera systems not only deter burglars but also alert you to someone breaking in and scare burglars away after they have broken in. Some WiFi cameras have 2-way audio capabilities so you can tell a burglar they’re being watched or let them know that the Police are on the way!

WiFi cameras also capture video footage that can be used to help the Police to catch the burglar. These motion detected events are stored in the cloud so you won’t have to worry about sifting through hours of meaningless footage to find what you need.

Other considerations

No matter what home security system you choose, make sure you consider the following to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and needs:

1) What’s your budget?

If you want a one off fee, you’re better off going with a fixed wired system. However, keep in mind that this can cost anything from $299 to $2000, not including installation costs and monitoring. This means you won’t be alerted if someone tries to break in.

If you’re willing to pay a small monthly fee, WiFi camera systems have low upfront costs and you can benefit from knowing you’ll be alerted if someone is trying to break in.

2) What’s your living situation?

If you rent, WiFi camera systems are more suitable as they don’t require property modification to install the cameras. They’re also portable so if you move, you can simply unplug the camera and take it with you.

Conversely, if you’re a homeowner, the world (and home security) is your oyster, just make sure the system you choose covers your entire property.

3) Do you have kids or pets?

If you have kids or pets, WiFi camera systems can be used to monitor them. Switch to Live View on your smartphone app to check in on the kids or use 2-way audio to tell your dog to get off the couch.

4) Do you have WiFi at home?

Traditional fixed wired systems and CCTV systems are more suitable if you don’t have WiFi at home. If you do have WiFi, you can take advantage of the ease of use and portability of WiFi cameras.

Hopefully this blog post has helped you in your journey to choose a home security system. You might also be interested in The Ultimate Guide to Home Security Systems. In this free ebook, we go into detail and weigh up the pros and cons of each system to further assist you in choosing a system that suits your lifestyle and needs.

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