Sadly, we don’t live in a world where everyone has the best intentions. As much as you may want to believe the best in people, that doesn’t mean there aren’t criminals out there who will vandalize your home. Thankfully, you can take steps to protect yourself, your family, and your home. The best way to do that is by installing a security system.

Why Bother With a Home Security System? 

According to Alarm.org, houses that lack security systems are 300% more likely to get broken into. That’s not a number to scoff at. Even a sign that advertises a security system installed in your home is enough to make burglars think twice. Areas that boast a large percentage of home security systems see lower crime rates. That means by taking the steps necessary to protect your home, you may help improve the safety of your community as well. 

How Do Home Security Systems Work? 

A home security system is often made up of motion sensors, a control panel, security cameras, and an alarm. Most manufacturers also include stickers and signs you can put up as an extra layer of protection. Motion sensors attach to access points like windows and doors. When the security system is on, and one of the entry points is opened, the control panel interprets this as a threat. An alarm then sounds. Depending on the security system, the control panel may also send an alert to a security agency. 

Home Security System Options 

There are two main types of home security systems: professional and DIY. A security company installs professional systems, then monitors your property for you. You install DIY security systems yourself. 

Which Option is Better? 

Which option you choose depends on your budget and preferences. Professional security systems are more expensive, but they’re also reliable. Though you have to pay a monthly fee for external monitoring, you can have the peace of mind that an expert always keeps an eye on your home. (And you can rest easy knowing these experts will call the police if an emergency occurs.) You won’t have to check your phone a thousand times while you’re away to see if there are intruders on your property. A professional security system is an excellent choice for those who can afford it.

That being said, a DIY security system is also effective. DIY security systems typically connect to your mobile phone and send alerts if they detect a breach. From there, it’s up to you to contact the proper authorities. 

A woman checks the app connected to her security system.

Top Four Security System Options 

If you’re considering a security system, we commend your choice. You have many options to choose from, ranging in price and quality. Here are some systems we recommend: 

Vivint 

Vivint offers high-quality systems at a reasonable price. Systems start at $29.99 per month, and you can customize features to get exactly what you want.  Vivint does not require any contracts, meaning you have the option to stop subscriptions at any time. The app accompanying their home security systems is user-friendly and allows you to monitor your property on the go. 

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe offers highly-customizable DIY systems. While many security companies trap customers into long, expensive contracts for monitoring services, SimpliSafe lets you drop this feature at any time (or not include it at all). Another great feature is RapidSOS. As aforementioned, most professional systems alert a monitoring center of a security breach that then notifies the proper authorities. RapidSOS sends an alert to 911 first, skipping the middle man. That means authorities can get to your house faster. 

ADT

ADT has been in the business longer than most security companies; they have been protecting homes and families for 145 years! If you can call any business tried and true, it’s definitely this one. ADT has multiple monitoring centers. That means if one experiences technical issues, your home security monitoring simply gets transferred to another center. That means you never have to be without protection. 

Ring

Another excellent DIY choice, Ring is easy to use and set up yourself. This security system’s cameras are high-quality, but they don’t break the bank. And for you green people out there, the power sources for Ring’s camera are solar-powered. This is a great feature for those who pay extra attention to environmental concerns or simply don’t want to keep recharging the power sources manually. 

Our Team Can Help Keep Your Home Safe!

We understand your home’s safety and security are a top-priority concern. ASAP Locksmith’s team of licensed and insured professionals is dedicated to helping homeowners improve safety measures around their homes. We’re happy to help you choose and install a home security system. Contact us today and take the next step toward protecting your home!