The technology of the day has made it possible for homeowners to enjoy an array of choices when it comes to their home security systems. New start-up companies are moving away from the standard contract models of home security to offer people more flexibility to choose what works for them. Whether homeowners just a want a few deterrents or the equivalent of an impenetrable fortress, there's more than one way to catch a thief.
The smartest thing a homeowner can do before choosing their security system is to look at their home the way a criminal would. An unlatched gate, an unlocked window, or a shadowy half of the home can provide all the opportunity a thief needs to muscle their way in. Residents who leave the home at the same time every day can also be sitting ducks for thieves who know they need some time to break into the home. Once a homeowner understands their vulnerabilities, they can either choose a complete security system or opt for a piecemeal plan.
Homeowners can first start with simple and affordable ways to make their home safer. Putting lights on a timer is an affordable way to throw criminals off track and increase a homeowner's peace of mind. Homeowners can also place home security signs outside their home (even if they don't have one) to deter crimes or trigger their doorbell to play a pre-recording of a large dog growling and barking. This is a good time to examine the home's digital security too—especially if the garage door is on a passcode. Frequently changing or updating software can further safeguard a home from curious hackers. Homeowners can also use smart technology integration through their phones to control the security console while they're away.
There are two major types of traditional security systems if homeowners want to do more than the DIY basics. One option is installing local alarms on doors and windows so a break will trigger a loud alert upon contact. Local alarms aren't connected to the homeowner, the police, or a security company—they are only meant to call attention to the thief. So for homeowners who don't live close to proactive neighbors, this may not be an ideal solution. On the other hand, wired systems are connected to either the local authorities or a private security team. These involve drilling into the home and setting up the various motion detectors, cameras, and control panels. The average cost of a wired system is about $1,500.
Additional Wireless Options
There are more and more companies on the market who want to offer homeowners a middle ground between wired and local alarms in the form of DIY wireless options. These systems typically will alert a security team, but they do not require professional installation like a wired system does. With these options, homeowners essentially dictate their own system by picking and choosing different alerts based on their basic home needs relating to total home security. For example, they may rig up a camera for their front door and install a water leak detector in their basement.
Just a cursory glance at the options available on the market will tell a homeowner that they can get the additional security they want for their home—even if they're on a budget. Much of Southeast Edmonton home security is the ability to be proactive when it comes to potential vulnerabilities. The simple act of paying attention can go a long way to sending thieves a message that they will be caught.
By Justin Havre