According to an analysis by the FBI and the US Department of Justice, a break-in occurs every 26 seconds and costs an average of $2,800 for the homeowner. However, there is no price tag when it comes to protecting your loved ones. Here are a few things to consider before installing a home security system.
What Do You Want Your Home Security System to Do?
Technology has come a long way – there are a lot of things you can do beyond monitoring the perimeter of your home. Before you start to research companies to install your home security system, make a list of all the things you would like your security system to monitor. This will help you decide exactly what system you will need and will give the installation team a starting point as to which home security system will fit your needs. Below is a list of features to consider adding to your home security system:
• Indoor cameras allow you to check up on in-home staff, elderly parents, or pets home alone during the day.
• Doorbell cameras let you see who is at the front door and are a good dissuasion for home intruders.
• Window and door alarms let you know when the entry points to your home have been opened.
• Outdoor cameras monitor your property and serve as a good warning for would-be criminals.
• Motion sensors can turn on lights and activate outdoor cameras whenever something activates the system.
• A variety of alarms like smoke, carbon monoxide, or flood sensors can alert you before disaster strikes.
Who Will Install and Monitor Your System?
You can install your home security system yourself, but we wouldn’t recommend this. A professional team will be able to advise you on the best ways to keep your home safe and will help you design your entire home security system. If you install it yourself, you are opening yourself up to blind spots and weaknesses. In addition, if you hire a team to install your system when something goes wrong, you will know exactly who to call. It is always better to have someone who is familiar with your system to help troubleshoot your problem, as they will be able to figure out the problem faster and get you back up and running quicker.
It is also valuable to hire a third party to monitor your home security system. This will allow them to dispatch help in case of an emergency. The home security system you choose to install will likely have an option to upgrade to professional offsite monitoring.
Is Your Home Network Set Up to Support Your Home Security System?
It may seem ironic, but a home security system does open you up to other potential safety issues – especially virtually. Make sure you have a home internet solution that will protect your home and your security system from hackers. You also want to make sure you have enough bandwidth to support your systems that are connected to the cloud. Our Managed WiFi Solutions can help with this. Our WiFi solutions allow homeowners the ability to connect to multiple access points around the property. This ensures that all of your connected devices are always online, and there are no dead zones or spotty coverage areas around your property. Managed WiFi is crucial for a home security system, as it keeps everything running smoothly.
Your family’s security is not something you want to leave to chance. We urge you to contact us today and begin developing your home safety system. Our team of experts is here to keep you and your loved ones secure.