Don’t Be Alarmed

Stay Safe with Home Security

Blonde woman entering code on home security alarm keypad

By Audrey Sellers

Your home should feel like the safest place in the world. It’s where you spend time with loved ones, share laughter, and create memories. If you want peace of mind that your family and property are safe, a home security system can help.

About one in four Americans use a home security system, according to U.S. News & World Report. These systems may be unmonitored or monitored, and they may run the gamut from wireless cameras and video doorbells to 4K image sensors and video analytics.

You could set up your home security system or get it professionally installed, which can be ideal if you’re not particularly handy or tech-savvy. With professional installation, you can kick up your feet while a home-security expert sets up your system. Many security companies offer same-day installations and the peace of mind that it is done right.    

Wondering what kind of home security options are out there? Here’s a breakdown of some of the available products. Pick and choose what suits your home security needs best.

Package thief caught on video doorbell system stealing a box delivery from the front step of a suburban home

Video doorbells. Whether you want to protect against porch pirates or keep an eye on package deliveries, doorbell cameras can help. Features vary by model, but many video doorbells provide night vision, facial recognition, voice control, and high-definition video. Some home security companies also offer optional storage plans that allow you to store motion-triggered video clips in the cloud.

Entryway sensors. When placed on doors and windows, sensors will alert you immediately if one opens when it shouldn’t. You can choose from wireless and wired sensors, with variations between contact sensors, glass-break sensors, and motion sensors.

Security cameras. These cameras may be mounted inside or outside your home, and you can choose to record continuously or only when motion is detected. Some cameras may feature two-way voice, mobile access with live streaming, pan and tilt, and a smartphone app that activates features, including a siren on the device.

Floodlights. Potential burglars can’t sneak around in the shadows if you install security floodlights. Typically motion-activated, these lights feature super-bright LEDs and can be mounted quickly. Some floodlights include a built-in siren and may double as security cameras.

Three Considerations When Choosing a Home Security Company

Once you have an idea of the type of security system you want, it’s essential to evaluate different home security companies. Some things to consider include the following:

  • Contract length. Does the company require long-term contracts, or can you go month to month? A contract may not be an issue if you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future. But if you rent or move often, you should look for no-contract home security companies.
  • Quick response time. Ask how long the company’s monitoring center takes to reach out when a security breach is detected. Look for companies that reach out in 30 seconds or less.
  • Helpful customer service. How fast can you get an employee on the phone? Does the company offer live chat options? Make sure you choose a home security company with a strong track record of satisfied customers. 

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