When choosing a Home Alarm and Security Systems plan, the most important things to review are cost and coverage. You can break any Home Alarm and Security Systems offer down into a few main components.
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A basic home security set of equipment typically includes window and door sensors, door locks and a central panel or base hub that arms and disarms the alarm system. Burglar alarm companies typically include a set of yard signs and window stickers to deter potential intruders. Businesses may also offer floodlights, motion sensors, video doorbells, surveillance cameras and extra sensors for fire and flood for an additional charge.
If you subscribe to a professional home security monitoring service, the system alerts your security system company’s monitoring center, which has emergency operators available 24/7. Monitoring operators dispatch the police to your residence when the alarm is triggered. Some home security system companies offer a two-way talk feature so you can describe your emergency to the monitoring center operator. Based on your situation, the monitoring operators contact the police, fire department or a medical response team on your behalf to ensure the appropriate response.
We think the best burglar alarm companies come with monitoring packages that have features like mobile apps and smart home automation integration. These smart home security systems can offer convenience and be controlled remotely through the mobile app. These systems are typically highly customizable and allow users to choose how they’re installed, what type of surveillance is used and the features included.
As you compare home security systems, it helps to understand the difference between wired or wireless systems and monitored or unmonitored alarms. A monitored home security system can be wireless or wired, but it’s rare to see home alarm companies offer an unmonitored, wired system.
A wired system connects to the home’s existing landline telephone systems and often requires physical installation. Wireless home security systems have similar components — such as home alarms, sensors, cameras, locks, or more — but don’t require hardwired equipment.
You can save money with a wireless, unmonitored home security system since you don’t pay a monthly monitoring fee or upfront installation cost. However, you forfeit the added benefit of security that comes from knowing the appropriate authorities are alerted during an emergency for an additional cost.