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Choosing a Home Security System

Choosing a Home Security System

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According to data from the the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, annual burglaries as recent as 2008 have totaled an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property, with an average individual monetary loss of $2,079. The statistics are staggering: a burglary occurs ever 15 seconds, theft every 5 seconds, property crimes every 3 seconds and violent crimes incredibly occurring every 22 seconds. Of these horrible felonies, robberies in the home are specifically dangerous because it infringes upon your personal homestead and those you care about most.

Choosing a high-quality security alarm system for your home will drastically minimize any potential for property theft. The following is a quick overview by Signature Contractors to help you figure out the best security alarm system for your home.

  • Before you buy any security alarm system, be sure to make a thorough examination of your entire residence. This extensive inspection will help you gauge where and how much security you want.
  • Make a list of all the weak spots you think would be accessible for intrusion. Count all doors and windows and decide which of these should be included in your security alarm system installation.
  • Decide where you want your security alarm control keypad/panel situated. Remember you want to make your alarm system not safe but practical, so the more convenient the spot the better. The master control panel is what operates the system and lets you program the operating system from a specific location.
  • Consider locating the keypad near the bedrooms or wherever you exit most from your home. This will make it easier to remember (and harder to forget) to activate your alarm system.
  • Measure the distance from the selected doors and windows you want secured. This determines how much wiring will be necessary for wired alarm systems or what kind of wireless system will or won’t be needed. Tip: A wired system is not easy to install in any residence, unless you are currently in construction.
  • Do you want your security to monitor your house 24 hours a day? Certain home security alarm systems offer constant “surveillance” of your home for a monthly fee. A more cost-efficient method allows your telephone lines to be connected to your security system, which contacts selected numbers provided there is any forced entry.
  • Be certain to select a kind of system that fits with your family’s needs. Is there a lot of going in and out the house? Do you have any young children living with you? Do you have any elderly people residing at your house? Do you have any big indoor pets? These kinds of factors should all contribute to what kind of security you’re thinking about getting.

If you're interested in having your own home alarm system installed, Signature Contractors can help by arranging a free project assessment from a leading home security advisor near you. A professional contractors can evaluate your entire house and property, using the latest technologies to provide you with all the best and most affordable systems available to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. Contact us today to get started!

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