About Home Security Systems

If you have a large, vulnerable home or priceless possessions inside it, it makes sense to consider installing a home security system. 

There are do-it-yourself home security systems, such as an exterior perimeter alarm that will shriek when your home is broken into.

However, this type of alarm system has you relying on your neighbors to take action should a break-in occur.

The sound might scare off some burglars, but thieves today are hip to the fact that many law-abiding people, jaded into complacency by the daily wail of false car alarms, tend to turn a deaf ear more often than they pick up their cell phones to call the authorities.

The Limitations of DIY Home Alarms

And should an intruder enter your home while you're inside it, such exterior home security systems (along with indoor sirens and infrared motion sensors) will certainly alert you to an intrusion the second it happens. Still, they won't summon outside help for you.

A professional system, on the other hand, calls your home moments after the alarm is triggered. And if you don't respond, most companies will immediately dispatch a call to the local police requesting a home safety check.

While self-installed systems are usually less expensive than the professionally installed and monitored variety, they're also much less effective in your family's moment of need.

That being the moment an unwelcome intruder breaches your home and you need help - stat.

Another drawback to do-it-yourself alarm systems is that many require some technical know-how to install correctly.

Though most such systems do come with detailed installation and use manuals and offer technical assistance by phone, expect the do-it-yourself installation to be a big job.

About Home Security Systems That Are Professionally Monitored

Today's improved technology and the competitive marketplace has made professional home security systems more affordable than ever. And what do you get if you do decide to bring in the security pros?

Most systems include magnetic door and window contacts that trip the alarm when separated, a control keypad, and a siren alarm.

In these systems, the central feature is an around-the-clock monitoring station that responds to any security breach by calling you. 

If you don't answer the call and provide the correct password, the police will be sent to your home to investigate.

Should an intruder break in while you're there and force you to turn off the alarm, you can key in a unique code that will send a silent call for help.

Most alarm systems are simple enough that a visitor or school-age child can learn how to operate them.

Some systems allow you to assign temporary codes so that houseguests can use your security system without knowing your master code.

If you're ready to take the plunge with a security professional, you can contact a crime prevention specialist at your neighborhood police department and ask for a list of qualified companies in your area.

Friends, neighbors, and insurance agents may also be able to give you names of a few reliable companies. Installation costs are usually based on the number of door and window contacts you have requested for your home.

Ready to get started finding the perfect alarm system for your home? This guide to compare and review home alarm security systems from Consumer Affairs can help. 


You Might Like These:

  • These home flood safety tips will help you prepare your family, your home, and your pets should a water disaster occur.

    Home Flood Safety Tips

    These home flood safety tips will help you prepare your family, your home, and your pets should a water disaster occur.

  • Being prepared to act when a fire occurs will help you rest easier. These home fire safety tips can help get your home prepared.

    Home Fire Safety Tips

    Being prepared to act when a fire occurs will help you rest easier. These home fire safety tips can help get your home prepared.

  • Essential home safety tips. Some threats to your family's safety you can detect before they cause harm; others cause damage without warning. Prepare for them with these home safety tips.

    Essential Home Safety Tips

    Essential home safety tips. Some threats to your family's safety you can detect before they cause harm; others cause damage without warning. Prepare for them with these home safety tips.

  • How to prevent accidents. Expecting guests?  These tips to prevent accidents at home can help ensure visiting family and friends have a safe visit by preventing common household accidents.

    How to Prevent Accidents

    How to prevent accidents. Expecting guests? These tips to prevent accidents at home can help ensure visiting family and friends have a safe visit by preventing common household accidents.

  • These holiday travel safety tips can go a long way to keeping your family healthy.  Here's how to protect yourself in a variety of on-the-go situations this holiday season.

    Holiday Travel Safety Tips

    These holiday travel safety tips can go a long way to keeping your family healthy. Here's how to protect yourself in a variety of on-the-go situations this holiday season.

  • Easy ways to keep your home and family safe from intruders, accidents, and natural disasters.

    Safe at Home

    Easy ways to keep your home and family safe from intruders, accidents, and natural disasters.

  • Earthquake Insurance Yes or No? 8 things you need to know when making this important insurance decision for your family so you can avoid financial aftershocks.

    Earthquake Insurance Yes or No?

    Earthquake Insurance Yes or No? 8 things you need to know when making this important insurance decision for your family so you can avoid financial aftershocks.

  • Radon gas is an odorless menace, moving up through soil into homes through foundation cracks. These radon gas home safety tips can help.

    Radon Gas Home Safety Tips

    Radon gas is an odorless menace, moving up through soil into homes through foundation cracks. These radon gas home safety tips can help.

  • As we all know - accidents happen. But you can prevent accidents at home without turning your home into a fortress.

    Prevent Accidents at Home

    As we all know - accidents happen. But you can prevent accidents at home without turning your home into a fortress.

  • Hurricane safety means getting your home and family ready to weather the storm should it come thundering your way. These hurricane safety tips can help you prepare.

    Hurricane Safety Tips

    Hurricane safety means getting your home and family ready to weather the storm should it come thundering your way. These hurricane safety tips can help you prepare.

  • Protect your home against intruders. Whether your home is humble or palatial, there's probably something inside it of interest to thieves. These prevention tips can help.

    Protect Your Home Against Intruders

    Protect your home against intruders. Whether your home is humble or palatial, there's probably something inside it of interest to thieves. These prevention tips can help.

  • Most of us know that lead paint is hazardous to children. These lead paint safety tips can help you keep your home and family safe around this hazardous item.

    Lead Paint Safety Tips

    Most of us know that lead paint is hazardous to children. These lead paint safety tips can help you keep your home and family safe around this hazardous item.

  • Disaster planning tips for families. While they may never happen to you, natural catastrophes strike millions of families each year. So it's only prudent to prepare.

    Disaster Planning Tips for Families

    Disaster planning tips for families. While they may never happen to you, natural catastrophes strike millions of families each year. So it's only prudent to prepare.

  • What to know about flood insurance. An estimated 80 percent of homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey path don't have flood insurance. Are your finances and home prepared for a natural disaster?

    What To Know About Flood Insurance

    What to know about flood insurance. An estimated 80 percent of homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey path don't have flood insurance. Are your finances and home prepared for a natural disaster?

  • Of all the things in our homes, these three things aren't worth the risk of not insuring with comprehensive insurance. Because like life - accidents happen.

    Don't Risk Not Insuring These 3 Items with Comprehensive Insurance

    Of all the things in our homes, these three things aren't worth the risk of not insuring with comprehensive insurance. Because like life - accidents happen.

  • Earthquake preparedness at home  is essential, no matter where you live. Here are things you can do to keep your home and family safe in the event of a natural disaster.

    Earthquake Preparedness at Home

    Earthquake preparedness at home is essential, no matter where you live. Here are things you can do to keep your home and family safe in the event of a natural disaster.

  • 'Tis the season to light up the fireplace. But before you do, here are 10 fireplace safety tips to keep the home fires burning - safely. this winter.

    10 Fireplace Safety Tips: Burn, Baby Burn - Safely This Winter

    'Tis the season to light up the fireplace. But before you do, here are 10 fireplace safety tips to keep the home fires burning - safely. this winter.

  • A serious sweat sesh might be just what the doctor ordered to help relieve stress. Good idea (mostly). If it weren't for those pesky germs at the gym. Here's how to beat germs at the gym.

    Beat Germs at the Gym

    A serious sweat sesh might be just what the doctor ordered to help relieve stress. Good idea (mostly). If it weren't for those pesky germs at the gym. Here's how to beat germs at the gym.

  • Children have a way of finding hazards at home you might never have suspected were there. These kids home safety tips can help keep little ones safe.

    Kids Home Safety Tips

    Children have a way of finding hazards at home you might never have suspected were there. These kids home safety tips can help keep little ones safe.

  • Asbestos awareness safety tips. Ignorance can be bliss. But Asbestos awareness, especially at home, can help protect your family from its ravaging effects.

    Asbestos Awareness Safety Tips

    Asbestos awareness safety tips. Ignorance can be bliss. But Asbestos awareness, especially at home, can help protect your family from its ravaging effects.

  • Choosing security door locks. The better the security door locks on your home's doors, the more difficult it is for intruders to get inside. What you need to know about choosing door locks.

    Choosing Security Door Locks

    Choosing security door locks. The better the security door locks on your home's doors, the more difficult it is for intruders to get inside. What you need to know about choosing door locks.

  • 4 steps to a safe home. You don't need to spend a bundle to keep your home safe from environmental and man-made hazards. These tips for a safe home can help.

    4 Steps to a Safe Home

    4 steps to a safe home. You don't need to spend a bundle to keep your home safe from environmental and man-made hazards. These tips for a safe home can help.

  • Since we're outside so much during summer, we need to consider setting some backyard and pool safety rules to play by. The 10 pool safety rules for kids can help.

    10 Pool Safety Rules for Kids

    Since we're outside so much during summer, we need to consider setting some backyard and pool safety rules to play by. The 10 pool safety rules for kids can help.



Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.