When You Need A Home Security System?
You might be trying to decide whether or not you need to invest in a home security system. Even if you live in a relatively safe neighborhood, criminals do like to travel and you never know when they’ll be sweeping through your area. There’s not always a need to invest thousands of dollars in a home security system, a few simple measures can serve you well.
The Truth About Home Security Systems
Statistics show that more than 80% of homeowners feel that their security system is effective, so if you do decide to get one there’s a good chance you’ll feel that it was money well spent. One thing to bear in mind is that there can be a lot of scare tactics and high-pressure sales tactics involved with home security system salesmen. Do some research to see what recommendations there are for your type of home, neighborhood, price range and personal preferences.
Basic Home Security
Basic home security measures that you can take include buying high quality deadbolts for your doors and windows, setting up exterior motion sensor lights and putting up window stickers from alarm companies. If you decide to have a spare key, hide it anywhere except for under the welcome mat. Even if you accidentally lock yourself out and forget where you hid the key, calling a locksmith is better than coming home to find that you’ve been robbed. If you’re ever on vacation, set up lights on a timer and have your neighbors pick up your mail and newspapers to give the illusion that someone is home.
Considerations to Think About
Home security systems aren’t without their hassles. You have to deactivate it every time you come home, it can accidentally be tripped by pets, children and unwary houseguests and you have to worry about remembering the code and doing so before the alarm starts blaring. Bear in mind that alarm companies can charge you if they ever have to respond to a false alarm. If you do decide to go ahead and get a home alarm system, you’ll want to get several price quotes from a number of different companies and find out what features they offer so that you’ll know what you’re paying for. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any of the companies you’re considering have had any complaints filed against them. Any salespeople who make you feel pressured to buy their system are ones to avoid, as are salesmen who are unable to accurately and adequately describe to you how their system works.
Only you can decide if you need a home alarm system and how much you’re willing to pay for it. Preventative measures can go a long way, and all burglars aren’t as clever as you might think; but even then that might not be enough to keep you from being robbed.
About the Author
Jon Jordanson and Metro Lock and Safe have joined together to help educate the citizens of the Phoenix and Scottsdale area with information about vehicle security, locksmiths, and home safes. Let us help you keep you and yours safe.