Updated: Sep 25, 2019
I don’t know about you, but when I leave the house I like to know that my surfboards, TV, pets and loved ones are all secure and safe (not particularly in that order). So it is important to be familiar with the different home security systems that are available.
What’s the best option? Well it depends, do you want to set up your own security system that you monitor yourself? Or would you prefer a professional security company to alert 911 for you if there is a break in? How much do you want to spend? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before deciding on the best choice.
The great thing is there is no shortage of options and with the internet you can sift through them faster than it took me to write this blog. So here are few things to consider.
Self Monitored DIY Security Systems
Ideal for those self reliant types that are on a budget. The DIY route is perfect if you’re looking avoid the installation/subscription fees that are associated with professionally monitored systems. The majority of self monitored systems today are sold as kits that you can install yourself and give you the option to add devices later on. Usually the more expensive the system the more devices it allows and vice versa.
For basic security, you will need to add sensors to all accessible doors and windows. As well as decide where to put them and how many you’ll need (ie if you just want them on doors/windows or hallways and living space as well). These options are self monitored, meaning they will alert your phone if there is a break in. Increasingly, some DIY kits also offer the option of professional monitoring service that you can utilize temporarily, if you decide to go on vacation.
If you want to save money and you have a smaller living space (like an apartment or townhome) this might be the perfect choice.
Professionally Monitored Security Systems
Sometimes it just puts your mind at ease if there is a live agent that is watching after your home for you. If you have a lot of valuables in your home or you travel frequently, a professionally monitored security system is the way to go.
Typically, it costs a lot more than buying a DIY security kit and you’ll likely need to agree to a multi year contract for the service. The process is much more convenient though because they will have someone install the whole system for you and show you how it works. Once installed, you will be receiving 24/7 security and peace of mind that everything was done properly.
With a professionally monitored system, an agent is notified if an alarm is triggered. They will then try to contact you via home control panel or your phone number. If you are unresponsive, they call 911 immediately.
For more detailed information, check out this article from PC Mag Best Smart Home Security Systems