The bells and whistles of a home security system

A home security system provides many benefits to the homeowner, even beyond peace of mind. Purchasing a full-service home security system provides an increase in the value of your home, a deterrent for perpetrators and invaluable help in the event of an emergency.

While it may seem like a steep investment at first, a home security system can pay for itself in only a few years. An average security system costs anywhere from $200-$700 for basic products and technology and then another monthly fee for monitoring and upkeep. The monthly fee pays for the 24/7 monitoring that keeps you and your loved ones safe throughout the home.

 Home security systems can also save you money on insurance costs. Some insurance companies offer substantial discounts based on the presence of a home security system, even up to 20%.

While it is certainly easier to install a security system in a new home that is being built, any home can be equipped with a system with relative ease. The installation involves running wires, installing control devices and other small construction projects.

Today, security systems are even available as wireless systems. However, it should be pointed out that these could be more vulnerable to attacks than a wired system. Security systems can also offer complete control for the home environment. Their functionality includes lighting controls, garage door opener, and even some landscaping tasks. These complete systems can run several thousand dollars, but may be worth it to have control of your home located in one place.

The key to any security system, however, lies in one place – with you. No mater how great the system and its abilities may be, it needs someone to operate it. When installing a system, be sure to plan for some training time for you and your loved ones to understand and learn how to operate the system.

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15 comments

  1. While it may be a good idea the consumer should always shop around carefully and make sure the company installing the alarm has excellent creditials! Also, shop around for
    the best “monitoring” price. Many alarm companies may offer a “good” deal for the system but then overcharge for the monitoring and require you to sign a 2-3 year contract!And make sure you “own” the system and are not just “leasing it”!

  2. A home security system is a nice selling feature and has value to buyers. It is important to note when thinking about installation, adding extra keypads, especially in the master suite and all entry doors is well worth the extra costs. The easier it is to use, the more value it will have.

  3. Home security systems reduce, in most cases, the cost of home insurance. Added value also with driveway alerts- especilly good if you have a long dirveway. Add a camera as well, or a “camera look alike” to make your home less a target… live safe.

  4. I highly recommend! A home security system is worth every dollar! I strongly agree with Karen & Shari, definetly do your homework & shop around. And yes it is a must to have an additional keypad in the master suite.

  5. Thanks for the great article. One other feature which is very convenient, is a keyfob device that is used to turn the system on and off. It costs about $100 on average, but is invaluable when trying to get in and out of the house in a hurry.

  6. Another feature that needs to be discussed about wireless security systems are; what you can do with a smart phone. For example; I-phone, Android and other smart phones with applications that can sync and communicate with your security system while away from home.

  7. Great article!! Security sytems are and added bonus for Buyers when they are trying to pick and choose which homes are the top of thier list. Always be aware of signing contract when you decide to have one installed. If you are not planning on staying in the home, you will have to buy out or transfer your contract.

  8. The only downsides to a security system are the fees that you may be charged for false alarms from your city police force. Be sure to check with your local police department for the exact information on those fees. They usually vary with the frequency of the false alarms. In my opinion, it is a small price to pay for personal safety.

  9. For about a $1.00 a day it’s well worth your family’s safey to be protected 4 ways(burglary,24/7Police,fire and EMS)with the touch of a button. These systems can be cutomized for your family needs with technicians instructions at time of installation, manuals and a training period to aviod false alarm fees. Go with the best, American District Telegraph. ADT owns 7 North American interconnected monitoring centers so if there is a natural disaster in one area, another will take over. I am an authorized ADT representative.

  10. The emphasis on a home security system should be just as the product states “home security”. Technology has elevated to the point that we can montitor our home’s security from the touch of our phone. Convenience is what homeowner’s want. Cost may be an issue but in more expensive homes this technology is almost expected. Fortunately there are many cost levels of home security systems. One can be tailored for most price points.

  11. Closed Circuit TeleVision – (CCTV) is a system of security cameras all linked to one monitoring system. This is something I am seeing more of in higher priced homes.
    Because they are now much more affordable, CCTV cameras are now gaining in popularity.

  12. There is nothing more comforting than to know your home is safe and secure. Having a home security system is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Due to CCTV cameras now available, it is also very affordable.

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