Best Security System - How to Protect Your Home

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the decisions that must be made when securing your family and belongings with a home security system? Here are some tips to help make the decision process easier:

There are several levels of protection to consider when evaluating which security system is best for you. A Basic Security System, a Basic Plus Security System or a Full Perimeter Security System are all viable options to consider that will serve as a deterent to a potential burglar. Each of these systems consist of an alarm panel which is the brain of the system, a keypad, a backup battery in case of power loss and an interior siren. The points of entry into the home that are protected is what then differentiates one system from another. Choose which one is best for you based on your budget and your primary area of concern. 

The security industry standard is a "Basic Security System" which usually consists of protecting two doors against movement and a motion detector as a second line of defense. This is the most affordable form of protection and should be considered when there is a limited budget. A basic system can always be enhanced with additional points of protection in the future as budget allows.

The "Basic Plus Security System" consists of protecting all doors against movement plus a motion detector as a second line of defense. This system is a great option-it secures all doors which are the most likely point of entry for a burglar and has the second line of defense in the event the burglar enters through an access point other than a door.

For highest level of protection you should consider a "Full Perimeter Security System". This means that every window, door and other form of entry into the home will be protected against movement as well as a motion detector and/or glass break detectors as a second line of defense. In a perfect world, this type of system is what every home should have. It guarantees the quickest response of dispatched authorities because regardless of the way an intruder decides to come in; the system will go off immediately.

Many homes that have been built in recent years already come with all of the doors and windows pre-wired for security. This is a huge advantage to those homeowners since it only requires the alarm panel to tie into the wiring to complete a full perimeter alarm system.

Whether you decide on a "Basic System", a "Basic Plus System" or a "Full Perimeter System" you should also consider cellular backup which will provide for communiication to the central station when the alarm is activated in the event the phone lines are cut. Another option to consider for either of these systems is remote control via your smartphone for easy access to arm/disarm and check status of your alarm.

Deciding to protect your home is the most important decision you can make when it comes to your families safety and the protection of your belongings. The beauty of it is the fact that according to a study done at Rutgers University, the rise in the number of homes with security systems directly correlated with the decrease of crimes in those areas. In another 2007 study done by the FBI shows those homes with a certified home security system are 3 times less likely to be broken into than homes without.

What it all boils down to is something is better than nothing when it comes to home security. Your peace of mind is just a phone call away.

Written By: Miranda Wilkerson

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