Best Home Security Systems
At SecurityPlanet we review dozens of home security system companies and rank the top companies after a thorough investigation and analysis. Each year the home security experts on our team perform an in-depth review and publish the results. Our reviews are updated every month so you are always viewing the latest information. Similar to review companies like 6Webs, our analysis is performed completely independent of any home security system company.
FrontPoint Security Review
FrontPoint Security earned the first place spot for several reasons including their outstanding customers service and 100% cellular monitoring. FrontPoint Security provides their customers with wireless home security systems backed up by a 30-day money back guarantee. They are one of the only home security companies that offers 100% cellular-based home security systems. Customers love FrontPoint Security because they have clear pricing, they stand behind their product and deliver an outstanding service.
FrontPoint Security Overview
It is no longer news in the home security industry that FrontPoint Security has been able to garner a reputation as the best home security company for a combination of things. FrontPoint Security provides 24 hour monitoring services and state of the art GE Security wireless home security equipment, but what people rave about the most is their superb customer service record. When it comes to providing a home security solution with ample features that provide a fantastic home security user experience, and providing great customer service – FrontPoint Security’s record may be unrivaled in the home security industry. Independent customer reviews and the Better Business Bureau support this statement. With customer service being one of the main reasons why people choose a particular home security company, FrontPoint is in a position to remain the top home security company for many years to come.
FrontPoint Security’s Cellular Monitoring Services
Every home security customer should have the safest form of security monitoring available. FrontPoint Security provides a completely wireless and cellular home security solution to their customers. All FrontPoint Security customers use cellular monitoring because it is the least vulnerable security monitoring technology available. The central monitoring station is tasked with dispatching the police or other authorities to your property if you have an emergency like a burglary or home invasion. Since the other two forms of monitoring (landline and broadband) connections depend on a wired connection through the phone line or Internet line, these connections are more vulnerable since burglars could easily defeat them by cutting the wires. A fact that more and more home security users are being made aware of, evidenced by the increase in demand for these cellular-based home security systems.
FrontPoint Security’s Equipment Review
FrontPoint Security provides state-of-the-art home security equipment from GE Security. The GE sensors tend to be smaller and lighter, since they are wireless they are also portable so customers can take the equipment with them should they move.
FrontPoint Security’s wireless sensors are reliable, and with batteries lasting 3-5 years, there should be little service and maintenance required. The sensors connect to the Control panel using a high-band radio frequency that’s extremely secure to ensure little to no wireless interruption. FrontPoint Security’s Control panel is also Z-wave compliant, which means it is home automation friendly. The GE Simon XT Control panel , furnished by FrontPoint Security, holds up to 39 sensors, so it’s a great fit for securing most homes and business. The equipment is also easy to install with a simple peel and stick application, no need to drill holes in the walls or run wires.
FrontPoint Security Monitoring
FrontPoint Security provides 24-hour home security monitoring for all its customers. FrontPoint Security’s monitoring covers theft and burglaries, home invasions, fire, emergency medical response and environmental monitoring for floods and extreme temperatures like heat and freeze. FrontPoint Security provides three different monitoring plans, note that they are all cellular-based and are offered 24-hours a day.
Protection Monitoring Package
Protection Monitoring provides 24-hour coverage for theft, burglary and intrusion, emergency medical response and fire monitoring. This covers basic customer needs regarding security monitoring. In the event of a break in or a burglary the sensor signals the control panel wirelessly, the cellular link device built into the control panel dials out to the central monitoring station quickly and they dispatch the proper authorities to the home or business.
Interactive Monitoring Package
A favorite among customers, with Interactive Monitoring you take all the features provided in FrontPoint Security’s Protection Monitoring, the 24-hour cellular monitoring with fire, theft, burglary and emergency medical coverage are all included but along with FrontPoints Security’s Interactive Monitoring with the additional of smartphone home security apps for your iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones, tablets and other Internet-based devices out there.
The Interactive Monitoring from FrontPoint Security is in high-demand because it takes traditional home security monitoring and adds enhanced interactions between the home security system and user. With FrontPoint Security’s Interactive Monitoring users receive real-time text messages and notifications so they know what’s going on in their homes when they are not there. This feature is great especially for people who have kids who return from school and may be home alone for a certain amount of time. Parents will receive notifications that the kids arrived from school and properly armed the system so they are safe.
FrontPoint Security’s Interactive Monitoring also includes the Crash and Smash technology where a burglar cannot simply smash the control panel.
Interactive Monitoring Summary
- Smartphone apps
- Remote access from Internet-based devices
- Alerts and notifications
- Smash and Crash protection
- Wireless Light Controls
- 24-hour monitoring – Theft, burglary, Fire, emergency medical, flood and freeze protection
Ultimate Monitoring Package
With FrontPoint Security’s Interactive Monitoring features, home security customers get best of security monitoring. With 24-hour emergency response and great features that enable customers interact with their security systems, while increasing awareness of what’s going on in their homes. For customers who want a little more in terms of features, FrontPoint Security’s Ultimate Monitoring plan delivers for customers interested in video surveillance. FrontPoint Security offers wireless IP indoor cameras, and wireless and wired outdoor cameras with night vision. The video cameras add surveillance to security systems as FrontPoint Security describes it themselves; the Ultimate monitoring is all about Vision, Control and Convenience.
FrontPoint Security’s Ultimate Monitoring plan also includes the ability to lock and unlock Z-wave power door locks so home and business security customers can let people into the premise and lock up remotely from their smartphones, tablets and any other compatible Internet enabled device. This is a big convenience in certain situations that may arise like letting the in-laws in after a long trip or locking up after the cable guy leaves your home.
Another important feature with FrontPoint Security’s Ultimate Monitoring is the energy saving thermostat controls which allows users to control the temperature in their home remotely from their smartphone and any web enabled device. This Z-wave feature is adds a layer of convenience that most other security monitoring plans don’t provide.
Ultimate Monitoring Summary
All the features of the Protection and Interactive monitoring plans plus:
- Video Surveillance with live streaming video
- Ability to lock and unlock door with Z-wave powered door locks
- Thermostat controls with Z-wave powered thermostats
FrontPoint Security’s Wow Service
FrontPoint Security promises WOW service at every stage of the buying process and every time thereafter. Great service has led to great reviews for FrontPoint Security and many happy customers.
ADT Security Review
ADT Security has been in business for over 100 years and they are a well established name in the home security industry. ADT Security serves over 6 million customers and professionally installs their home security systems. ADT Security offers both landline and cellular-based home security systems with optional two-way monitoring. Customers like ADT Security because of their two-way monitoring and interactive mobile features that the ADT PULSE offering provides. ADT Security customers also prefer to have their home security system professionally installed.
ADT Security Overview
For most Americans ADT has become synonymous with security or home security system for decades. The ADT brand is very recognizable, seen on yard signs all on people’s lawns from the suburbs to most American cities. Most people have seen an ADT ad on TV at some point so this is a company that has done a lot to earn and maintain their status as the most recognizable brand in the home security industry.
Saying ADT Security is a staple in the home security industry is an under-statement, with over 100 years in the business of home security, ADT Security is the largest security company in the country, probably the world with over 6 million active customers. A number of things make ADT Security the recognizable and trusted brand it has been for decades. For example, ADT Security is number 1 when it comes to security companies who have a local presence across the US; they understand that even as a national company it is important to have a local presence. Home security shoppers appreciate the national company next door appeal that ADT Security has. With all that being said ADT Security wouldn’t have become the mammoth they are in the home security industry without providing top home security monitoring service. ADT provides 24 hour monitoring for theft, fire, medical response and environmental events on their most basic monitoring plans.
ADT Security is also a favorite amongst security consumers because they offer a wide variety of monitoring plans; they seem to have something for everyone and something for almost every budget. This gives ADT Security an advantage over some of the other more niche market home security companies out there. It should be noted that ADT Security also offers the same high end or niche products and services like video surveillance and smartphone applications that other home security companies have helped make popular.
ADT Security Monitoring
ADT Security provides several monitoring plans to home security shoppers, they also have different ways to connect to the monitoring center using the phone line, Internet-based broadband connection and cellular monitoring. ADT Security’s prices for monitoring tend to range from the $20-$70 range depending on what kind of connection you have and features involved. ADT Security’s contract term may also play a role in the price of the monitoring. Some of ADT Security’s monitoring plans through their dealers include:
Essentials Package: With 24-hour monitoring for theft, intrusion, medical response, fire and environmental response. In the event of an emergency the landline telephone would dial out to the monitoring center then the police or other authorities are dispatched to the property. This landline based security monitoring plan is great for people who want a less expensive form of home security monitoring, and may not have other connections available like broadband or cellular connections in their area.
ADT CellGuard: Provides 24-hour security monitoring including all the response option in the environmental package. ADT CellGuard is considered total protection because it’s more complete in the sense that burglars can’t just cut your phone line and defeat the home security system before even making it into the property. ADT CellGuard includes a cellular device with the home security system that ensures that during an emergency a signal a sent to the authorities using cell towers, making it practically impossible for a burglar to stop the monitoring center from being alerted which means the proper authorities will be dispatched to the home quickly. A cellular link is a very important piece to home security monitoring solutions because it ensures the security system isn’t susceptible to burglars cutting the wires and defeating the system.
ADT Two-way Voice
ADT Security’s Two-way voice is an add-on feature that offers home security customers the ability to speak to the central monitoring station through a convenient hands free, speaker phone system. The control panels built-in microphone and speaker phone help users communicate with the monitoring station; the dispatcher can verify there is an emergency at the house before dispatching the authorities through this intercom style feature.
ADT Pulse is an advanced security monitoring package. You get all the 24-hour monitoring services you receive with the other ADT Security monitoring plans, but ADT Pulse helps users interact with their home security system better. With the introduction of remote Control and access, home security users can access their security system from their smartphone apps, or internet enabled laptop or desktop computers. You can arm and disarm your system through the ADT Pulse web portal or through your smartphone.
Alerts and Notifications through ADT Security give home security users more peace of mind since they can be notified as to what’s going on in their home at any time on their smart phone.
Video Surveillance can be included in the ADT Pulse solution with access to video from your smart phone or other web enabled devices.
Home Automation is another way ADT Pulse ensures home security users have better controls, peace of mind and convenience. Lock and unlock doors, control your thermostat remotely and turn lights off and on from your smartphone.
ADT Security provides options that should meet the needs of most people shopping for a home security system, and the peace of mind of knowing you are working a with a century old national company with a recognizable brand. The biggest comfort by most ADT Security customers is how accessible an ADT Security representative or service technician is. ADT Security is also one of the few security companies with a national local presence and 24 hour customer service.
$99.00 Customer Installation Charge. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 per month ($1,331.64). Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Dealer customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Licenses: AL-15-1104, AK-35221, AR-2008-0014, AZ-ROC217517, CA-ACO6320, CT-ELC.0193944-L5, DE-07-212, FL-EC13003427, EC13003401, GA-LVA205395, HI-CT30946, IA-AC-0036, ID-ELE-SC-39312, IL-127.001042, IN-City of Indianapolis: LAC-000156, KY-City of Louisville: 483, LA-F1914, LA-F1915, MA-1355C, MD-107-1626, ME-LM50017382, MI-3601205773, MN-TS01807, MO-City of St. Louis: CC354, St. Louis County: 63819, MS-15007958, MT-247, NC-25310-SP-FA/LV, NC-1622-CSA, NE-14451, NJ-34BF00021800, NM-353366, NV-68518, City of Las Vegas: 3000002944, NY-Licensed by the N.Y.S. Department of State UID#12000286189, NYS #12000286451, OH-53891446, City of Cincinnati: AC86, OK-1048, OR-170997, Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registration Number: PA22999, RI-3582, SC-BAC5630, SD- 1025-7001-ET, TN-C1520, TX-B13734, ACR-3492, UT-6422596-6501, VA-115120, VT-ES-2382, WA-602588694/PROTEYH934RS, WI-City of Milwaukee: 0002499, WV-042433, WY-LV-G-21499. 3750 Priority Way South Dr. Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46240
Protect America Review
Protect America scored high marks in the customer service, equipment and warranty categories. Protect America has delivered excellent service to their customers for over 20 years. They offer their customers a lifetime warranty on the free GE Security equipment they furnish. Customers like Protect America for several reasons but the top include the free upfront home security equipment and the option to select landline, broadband or cellular-based security monitoring.
Protect America Overview
Protect America was founded in 1992 and since the onset they have focused on providing easy to use and install wireless home security systems at a great value. Protect America also goes for mass appeal by offering a security solution or package that fits almost every security customers need. With their state of the art GE wireless equipment and easy approach to purchasing a systems from them, Protect America is a very attractive option home security shoppers and the main reason why is value.
Protect America has done a great job in taking the guess work out of purchasing a home security system, the accomplish this by offering five succinct free equipment packages that are easy to choose from depending on what kind of property you are looking to protect. Upon choosing a package, home security shoppers would notice Protect America typically includes a standard monitoring option with each plan. Protect Americas pricing and packages are quite flexible, you can add equipment or upgrade monitoring plans.
For people looking for a company that makes purchasing a home security system very easy, Protect America may be a breath of fresh air. Protect America’s approach to pricing is just as interesting, they offer all the equipment in the package for free, so regardless of how much equipment is included in one of their packages there is no upfront price, home security system customers would obviously find this appealing at first glance. Protect America’s monthly monitoring prices do change based on what equipment package you choose.
Protect America Monitoring Plan Reviews
Protect America offers 24 hour monitoring with a central monitoring station on standby to dispatch the authorities to your property if you have an emergency. The method of communication with the central monitoring station is an important part of choosing a home security solution and Protect America understands that. They offer the three connections to the central monitoring station so customers can choose, cellular based, land line based and broadband or internet based monitoring. Most security shoppers would choose a monitoring plan based on price, Protect America has something that fits most budgets.
Protect America Landline Review: Easy to set up, just connect the GE Simon XT Control Panel to your existing land line, and the system would use that to dial out to the central monitoring.
Protect America Two-way Voice Review: This feature allows home security customers communicate with the central monitoring station through the built in intercom system. The two way voice enables the speaker phone and microphone in the GE Simon XT Control panel. The Central monitoring station can now verify if there is an emergency or a burglary in progress.
Protect America’s Interactive Broadband Monitoring Review: This is a broadband based connection to the central monitoring station. It’s a safer and potentially faster way to alert the monitoring station in the event of an emergency. With no phone line required may be less vulnerable to burglars who may know how to disable a phone or landline based security system.
Protect America Interactive Cellular Monitoring review: The Cellular connection is the safest and best way to protect you home, it’s also convenient because it does not require a land line connection or internet service in the home. This can also be used in connection with a land line for home security shoppers looking for the added security of a back up connection.
Interactive Features with Protect America: Protect America also offers features like remote access to your system from anywhere, smartphone apps for iPhone and Android operating systems and alerts and notifications letting users know whats going on in their property at all times.
Protect America’s Equipment
Protect America offers the GE Security wireless equipment, with wireless sensors home security customers can take the system with them when they move, and install easily without having to run wires through the home. The GE Simon XT Control panel also comes with a loud siren and is compatible with phone line, internet and cellular based monitoring plans. The sensors use a secure frequency to connect to the Control Panel. Protect America offers great home security equipment deals and packages most people can choose from, depending on the size of their homes and points of entry.
Copper Package Review: With 3 door/window sensors and 1 motion sensor the copper package is perfect for people looking for a home security system for apartments, condos or townhomes. It could cover the doors and adds a motion sensor for inside the property. Good, free equipment, with your choice of monitoring plan.
- GE Simon XT Control Panel
- 3 door or window sensors
- 1 motion sensor
- 1 yard sign
- 3 security stickers
- 1 Owner’s manual
Bronze Package Review: For homes with more points and entry and a good entry level security system for ranch style home, town house and condos with more accessible points of entry. This package come with 7 door or window sensors and a motion detector for free.
- GE Simon XT Control panel
- 7 door or window sensors
- 1 motion sensor
- 1 yard sign
- 3 security stickers
- 1 Owner’s Manual
- Monthly monitoring may be more expensive than the Copper package.
Silver Package Review: When it comes to home security system deals, Protect America silver package is worth looking into, with enough sensors to secure a large home. This package is also free with 10 door a window sensors this is a good home security package for the average home.
- GE Simon XT
- 10 door and window sensors
- 1 motion sensor
- 1 yard sign
- 3 security stickers
- 1 Qwners Manual
- Monthly monitoring price from $37 to $50 range.
Gold Package Review: Protect America’s big equipment package is also a great home security deal with the GE Simon XT control panel and 12 door or window sensor, this package should be able to secure most accessible points of entry in typical homes. Protect Americas Gold packge is a superb home security system deal.
- GE Simon XT Control Panel
- 12 door and window sensors
- 1 motion sensor
- 1 yard sign
- 3 security stickers
- 1 Owner’s Manual
- Monitoring prices from $40-$52.99
Platinum Package Review: The largest of all Protect America’s equipment packages this package has enough contact sensors to protect the points of entry for most homes, and even leaves extra wireless sensors in place for medicine cabinets, gun cabinets etc. The platinum package a Protect Americas best home security systems deal. It includes:
- GE Simon XT Control Panel
- 15 door and window sensors
- 1 Motion Detector
- 1 Yard sign
- 3 security stickers
- 1 Owner’s manual
- Monitoring price range from $42.99 to $54.99
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Home Security Systems Reviews Process
Our home security systems reviews are conducted on an annual basis and are updated once a month if there are any changes. Our team of home security system experts have a pulse on the industry and know of the latest offerings and developments from the major home security systems providers. Our reviews are conducted independently of the home security system providers and are not influenced in any way. It is important to state that we do not receive payment for conducting a home security system review nor do we receive free equipment from any home security system provider. Literally dozens of home security systems providers are reviewed and compared to each other on the basis of their customer service, business ratings, monitoring services, technology, equipment, mobile access features and warranties.
Home Security Monitoring Services
There are three main types of home security monitoring that you can select when purchasing a home security system. The traditional monitoring method that has been around for decades is landline or phone line monitoring. Some home security companies like ADT Security and Protect America still offer this as their basic monitoring service. This monitoring technology has its downfalls though. Wires typically run outside of a customers home and they can easily be cut should you get a determined burglar. Once the wires are cut there is no way that the home security system can communicate with the home security companies central monitoring station.
Internet Based Home Security System Connections
The second method of communication are Internet-based connections. Home security companies like Protect America and LifeShield Security use your existing Internet connection to communicate to the central monitoring station. Although this is a newer home security technology it is still not the number one choice because similar to a phone line, an Internet connection relies on wires and they run to the outside of your home.
Cellular Home Security System
The third and most recommended method of home security monitoring are cellular-based connections. Cellular home security systems use the same technology as your cell phone providers to communicate to the central monitoring station. The connection is a secure digital GSM connection. Companies like FrontPoint Security and Vivint only offer 100% cellular-based home security monitoring services. Protect America offers cellular monitoring as an upgrade and LifeShield Security offers cellular as a backup in the event an Internet connection is not available. When you combine a cellular home security monitoring with a wireless home security system you have a wire-free installation that is free from any burglar or intruder being able to circumvent the system.
What is the Best Home Security System?
It could be difficult to find the best home security system out there, with all the information and marketing promotions out there the worst thing a home security shopper can do is jump at the first deal that seems attractive. The first step in searching for the best home security system for your needs is to understand why you want a home security system. Determine what your concerns are and what it will take to get you and your family to a point that you feel secure with your home security solution. Ask yourself, how do I plan to use the home security system? What do I want to accomplish with this system? Soon as you have these questions answered you are well on your way.
What to look for in a home security system?
- A reputable security company: This is often overlooked by mos security shoppers because as consumers we tend to focus on the perceived deal or pricing first as opposed to the quality of service we can receive from a good security company. Use the internet and search to find independent reviews and Better Business Bureau BBB ratings and complaints before even considering a security company. You don’t want to be caught in sales scams or trick, a highly reputable security company with a record of providing honest service and delivering on their promises to customers.
- 24-hour monitoring: Considering 24 hour monitoring so you are better protected if you were to have an emergency. Look into home security companies with an accredited central monitoring station, the central monitoring is tasked with dispatching the police or other authorities if you were to have an emergency. This can be the difference between life and death or losing your valuables to a burglar or the police arriving early enough to catch the burglars or start investigating the case sooner.
- Quality security equipment: Most home security companies sell or lease you the equipment with a monitoring plan. It is important that you ask about and research the manufacturer of the security system. There are two types of home security systems in today’s market, wired and wireless. With wired home security systems ensure your home security company does a thorough home inspection to determine where the sensors would go and how the system will be installed. Wired home security systems require a professional installation, holes will be drilled in walls and wires will be connected to your home electrical circuit, sensors will be fastened to doors and windows etc. As you can see this could take a lot of work so your home security company must have well trained and licensed security system installers, who have all passed a background check, because you are letting them into your home.
Wireless home security systems are typically easy to install and some of them are DIY security systems that are very easy to install and even portable. The peel and stick applications allow home security owners to re-install in their new home if they were to move. Wireless home security systems are growing in popularity and may gain more market share than wired security systems in the near future.
- Competitive Pricing: You shouldn’t have to pay more than you need to for a home security systems or monitoring service. After finding the best companies for you needs its time compare pricing, don’t fall for the free home security tricks without doing a full cost analysis. Some home security companies may charge little or nothing up front but roll in additional costs into the monthly monitoring charges. Pay attention to the contract terms as these may affect prices also. Understanding the different monitoring connections would help you understand why some monitoring plans cost more than others. The different monitoring plans available today Cellular monitoring, internet or broadband based and landline or traditional phone line based monitoring.
- Fire monitoring: Fire monitoring service should be included in your 24 hour home security monitoring plans, this is important for people who are concerned about the accidental fires within the home when they are away. Fire monitoring is also a great service for people with little children, pets and elderly friends and family members living in the property. This would help add value to any monitoring plan you go with.
- Medical dispatch: 24-hour medical dispatch should also be included in a home security system solution, if a medical emergency occurs, the monitoring station dispatches the paramedics to the home in an ambulance incase transportation to the hospital is needed.
Home security systems are coming with features like smartphone apps and remote access from any web enabled device like your computer to help you keep tabs on what’s going on in the home at all times.
Why Bay Alarms?
Situated in California, Bay Alarm is a company offering a wide selection of home protection systems such as burglar alarms and fire alarms. They also offer round-the-clock monitoring services. The company is considered as one of the largest alarm companies in the country. Bay Alarm has been around since 1946 catering to a large number of people especially within California.
There is a multitude of different opinions regarding their home security systems and services. Clients are either satisfied or unsatisfied. Some of the satisfied clients have been loyal and continued to renew their contract with the company for a long time with some even until twenty years. Some say that Bay Alarm is local and much more associated with the police in the area, providing for better and faster responses. They also reviewed that the technicians were friendly and keen during initial evaluations and that the staff are very accommodating. Some of them felt that the company truly cares for its clients. There are also businesses who are fully satisfied with the company’s business security solutions.
Still, some of the reviews the company has received over the past years are from unsatisfied clients involving various issues. Discussed here are some of the most common complaints by consumers.
Consumers have said that one of the main downfalls of the company is the yearly percentage increase in fees. Although some consumers can afford and are fine with the increases, saying that the increase is reasonable, some feel that it is too much. Some argue about their professionalism with regards to Bay Alarm security services. Some clients have reported paying extra for upgrades that have been faulty and when they inquired for help, none was given. There are also clients who have reported that the company continues to bill them even if they have voiced out their wish to terminate the services. According to them, apparently Bay Alarm has not considered and has disregarded their wish. Other issues include false alarms being sent to the police officers resulting in frequent misunderstandings. They also include slow response, hidden details and charges, and occasional billing errors.
A former employee offered a rebuttal to the comments directed towards the company. In response to complaints regarding being charged for services, he said that most of system owners believe that the monitoring fee they pay includes these services which in reality, does not. He also points out that consumers should be aware of their own contracts. He also said that it is not the policy of the company to wait for three minutes before responding to an alarm. He said that the three-minute rule applied only for alarms that have been cancelled during the processing using a code. He summarized that most of the complaints made were due to their lack of knowledge of alarm systems or their own contractual terms. Eric Taylor, the vice president of Bay Alarm, is also extending his help towards the clients who had troubles regarding their experiences with the company. There is no perfect alarm system company but a lot of people still trust that Bay Alarm is doing its best to improve.
Home Security Camera Systems: The Best Types of Security Cameras
Home security camera systems are a must-have in setting up home security and protection. However, many clients are puzzled on what type of cameras they should avail of when choosing a security system. To have a more effective security system, one should make sure to choose the most appropriate type of gadgets and devices to buy. Hence, in order to maximize one’s security system, a considerable amount of time should be allotted for deciding on the right security camera buy, based on the features that best meet your needs.
Basically, home security camera systems have a common general function: they all lessen the chances of one’s household being subjected to theft and burglary. In a way, camera systems are the perfect deterrents. Burglars would see the cameras and would most likely decide to abandon the mission, knowing that they have a greater risk of being caught. Home security camera systems also provide recorded proof that would help authorities capture and properly sanction these violators if ever the situation gets out of control. In addition to this, family members and guests would feel safer inside one’s home whenever there are security systems set up. This therefore provides an over-all safer condition and environment for everyone.
Home security camera systems often only differ in the usage and the way they are set up to monitor the house. Camera systems can also differ based on household conditions and locations. The first step on deciding on the ideal type of security camera to use would be to decide whether they are for indoor or outdoor use.
Once decided on where to situate the cameras, one would be able to narrow down the list of security camera system choices. Indoor camera systems are more on room protection and motion detection. Included here are ideal lens angles cameras that best monitor corners and hallways, and wireless cameras that aren’t too bulky inside the house. Cameras with motion detectors and infrared or night vision lighting are also useful since lights are usually dimmed or closed inside the house during nighttime.
On the other hand, outdoor security camera systems are more focused on monitoring a wider range, and having appropriate climate and weather protection features. Included here would be weatherproof cameras with a rugged and sturdy design. This would enable the cameras to function even with rough outdoor conditions. It would also help if cables are stored or concealed inside mounting brackets in order to secure it from being tampered or destroyed. Cameras with a large area of coverage and good image quality or resolution are also ideal types of cameras to be used outdoors. This is because one would have to monitor a wider and harsher environment than that of the inside. A plus would be to have a camera with infrared light or night vision due to the fact that streetlamps are often not sufficient to see thieves from coming in.
It is greatly imperative that one takes time to sort out and consider which security camera would better suit one’s home. In this way, home security camera systems would be properly utilized and maximized.
How do Alarm Companies Operate?
Today, intruders and burglars are getting more and more creative in breaking into houses. Unknowingly, society makes it even easier for thieves to enter houses due to the fact that most households have no alarm system set up, or no alarm company to back them up. Believe it or not, burglars use the main entrances to break in; 34% of intruders actually use the front door, 23% use the 1st floor windows, and 22% use the backdoor. In fact, only a few percent sneak into the house using the hidden entrances. This means that thieves and burglars are getting bolder and tougher. Hence, without having alarm companies setting up security systems, break-ins and emergencies would become more and more frequent.
Generally, alarm companies secure the house and prevent emergencies and robberies to take place. Monitoring systems often work on a three-step process: sensors and alarms are triggered and sounded, monitoring centers respond, local help is dispatched. Security systems usually send clients warning sounds before sounding alarms. After this, alarms can activate a siren to scare off intruders and signal the police and neighbors to help. Alarm companies can also set up an auto-dial to police stations or hospital centers with a pre-recorded message. It can also directly contact a security company or alert family members and neighbors through texts or calls. In addition to these, lights and other alarms such as videos and cameras can also be triggered in response to warning alarms. In this way, alarm companies would be able to better monitor and secure your house.
Alarm companies usually provide updated systems that will fit every household and lifestyle. Systems only cost 20-45 USD for monthly monitoring. Basic alarm systems often cost 100-350 USD, and include control panels, sensors for doors and windows, and motion detectors. These usually cover common entry points, but leave many areas unguarded.
Mid-level Alarm Systems consist of basic features plus infrared/night vision motion detectors, glass-breakage sensors, pressure mats, interactive services, panic buttons, and smoke detectors into devices. These 700-800 USD security systems are ideal for houses for they covers more doors and windows, and have ready repair contracts. On the other hand, High Alarm Systems for companies and businesses usually sum up to 2,000-3,000 USD per system. They contain all features with additional smoke, flood, and heat-loss detection monitoring devises. They cover majority of the area and are heavy-duty. However, sensitive motion detectors usually send false alarms. Hence they should be regularly checked and properly situated.
When choosing an alarm company, one must decide and consider many factors that would allow them to have full security and comfort. The first factor to be checked would be to see the company’s awards and recognition, as well as its ratings, reputation, and accreditations. This would ensure that the company has enough and legitimate branch offices and not just a franchise or third party dealer. This would also ensure live support and good customer service. The second factor would be to check if equipment, alarm monitoring plans, and repair contracts are recent, updated, and worth the money. By choosing the right company, homes and businesses would be better protected and secured.
Questions about DIY Home Security Systems?
Home security is a major issue for homeowners and some have already begun to consider having a DIY home security system in place.
No homeowner wants to expose their home to an intrusion without having some form of security in place. The home is a sacred place that should make the homeowner and the family feel safe and secure. In an ideal world this would be easy and simple. However, in the real world homes are always exposed to the risk of a break in.
There are so many different security systems to choose from that it can be a nightmare and a headache for some homeowners to choose the right one. Finding the best home security system is difficult. Buying one can also be cost prohibitive for some people as they simply cannot afford installing a professional security system.
People who cannot afford a professional security system often opt for a DIY home security system. Below are some of the pros and cons of a DIY security system.
The main benefit of homeowners who build their own security system is the price. Homeowners who install their own security system save up a lot of money by foregoing the services and equipment of a professional security company.
There are plenty of guides out there on the internet that can provide homeowners with the kind of advice that they are looking for. It may seem difficult at first, but installing an alarm system is no rocket science that requires a degree in physics and chemistry. A little bit of diligence and willingness to learn will go a long way in helping a homeowner with their DIY home security system.
Another advantage of DIY security system is that it allows homeowners great flexibility in crafting their own security system. A DIY security system affords homeowners a great amount of room to personalize their home’s security system.
Most professional security companies provide little wiggle room for homeowners to personalize their home security system.
Not as comprehensive or reliable as professional security systems
The downside with a DIY security system is that it won’t be as good as the kind of system that a professional can provide. Professional security companies might ask a lot of money for their equipment and installation, but homeowners can expect a certain standard of quality and service. The kind of equipment that security companies provide could be more sophisticated that the off-shelf DIY alarm systems.
No security monitoring service
The other downside to a DIY security system is that it means that security monitoring services will be unavailable. Security monitoring services are professional security companies who observe the home’s security system for any kind of anomalies. The benefits of an excellent security monitoring service are too many to include in this article.
DIY security systems deprive homeowners the option of having a professional security company in looking out for their home’s security in the event that they might not be there. These are just some of the few pros and cons of having a DIY home security system.