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P&K How To: How to Select a Home Security System

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re going on vacation this summer (or even on a stay-cation), a home security system could help protect your family. The Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation says that 83% of burglars try to determine if a house has an alarm system before attempting to enter. If you think a security system could benefit your family, check out these tips on choosing the perfect one for your family’s needs.

Decide what you are willing to spend and what features you want. While most parents would go to any lengths to protect their families, it’s important to have a budget in mind to determine what options are appropriate. There is a wide range of options to consider, from set-it-up-yourself doorbell cameras to professionally installed window sensors. Some systems only require an up-front cost, while others charge a monthly fee. Many systems now even offer temperature control and remote unlocking, for an additional cost. If you think those features would benefit your family, don’t forget to account for them in your budget. If you live in an apartment, you’ll need to check on what your building allows before making a decision.

Consider the number of entrances to your home. This may include basements, garages, and any ground-level windows in addition to front and back doors. Depending on your budget and other factors, you may decide to monitor all entrances rather than just the doors.

Examine the level of crime in your neighborhood. If you live in a gated community with lots of families and few crimes, you may opt for a simple door keypad. If your neighborhood sees more crime, a more extensive security system with around-the-clock monitoring may be worth looking into. You can usually start with a basic plan and add on additional features later if you change your mind.

If you decide on professional installation, get quotes. The size, age, and location of your home may affect the price of your home security system. Search around your city for the best rates and ask your neighbors for recommendations. Also, many systems require a signed contract for a certain period of time, so be sure you know what you’re signing up for.

Don’t forget to register your system with the police! Give your local station a call for details. To make sure your family is well-protected while on vacation or relaxing at home, a home security system can give you peace of mind and help to put you at ease.

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