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.
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.
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.
The security systems available today include everything from traditional Fixed Wired Systems, to CCTV systems or WiFi (or IP) cameras.
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.
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.
PoE stands for Power-Over-Ethernet which basically means power + internet. When it comes to a security camera, this means a single cable provides both internet and electric power to the camera.
This provides a more stable connection for your cameras, while less cabling can help reduce the installation cost.
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?
Like with anything, what you pay for is what you get, especially when it comes to security. If you find a security system that has the features to meet your needs, it’s easy to justify the price.
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, you might want professionally installed PoE cameras.
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 WiFi or PoE camera systems.
Hopefully this blog post has helped you in your journey to choose a home security system.
October 04, 2016
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