With the ghouls, monsters, and ghosts of Halloween soon to be here, have you been contemplating a home security system to protect your home and your family?
In reality, while monsters and ghouls are probably the least of your worries, there are real threats out there — burglars, intruders, and other criminals who target homes without security. To prevent these individuals from targeting your home, your best defense is a well-installed home security system.
Who Exactly Should Invest in a Home Security System?
Anyone who wants to keep their home and family safe from burglars, trespassers, and other intruders should consider a home security system.
Home security systems are beneficial because they give you peace of mind, first of all. You can sleep soundly at night knowing you and your family will be immediately alerted (and so will the police in many cases) in the event of someone breaking in. Furthermore, when you’re away from home, you can know that your home and property are safe as well.
Even while you’re at work during the week, you can check in on your home to make sure that packages are safely delivered and that all of your entrances are safe, secure, and undisturbed.
Finally, keep in mind that you may be able to get discounts or deals and home insurance when you have a security system installed. This is only available for certain types of security systems, and it is only offered through specific insurance companies; however, it’s definitely worth asking your insurance agent about and may be just the incentive you need to get a system installed in your home finally.
How to Buy a Home Security System That Meets Your Needs
As soon as you start looking into security systems, you’ll notice that you have hundreds of options before you, and this can be daunting. But don’t let it deter you!
Start by going through the following considerations to come up with the best security system for you:
DIY Systems Vs. Professionally Contracted Systems
You’ll need to decide whether you want to install your security system yourself or have it professionally installed.
The latter generally costs more; however, you may find that professional installation gives you greater peace of mind. Also, if you are short on time and don’t want to be frustrated by the installation process, go with a professional, and you’ll be much happier with your results.
With that being said, you shouldn’t be daunted by DIY systems either. Today, DIY systems are easier to install than ever before, with tons of options that often rival professional systems.
Additional Features to Consider
Consider these other features as well:
- Self-monitoring or central monitoring — decide if you want a security company keeping track of your home’s security or if you prefer to do this yourself (generally via a tablet or smartphone app)
- Video surveillance options, including night vision, zoom and pan, high-resolution, motion alert, and recording
- Various terms of contracts with security companies, including paid monitoring by the month or year
- Home automation, including the option to disable and enable alarms, lights, locks, and more
- Wireless options or hardwired options, the latter of which may be more reliable in some cases
At Harnish Insurance Group, we’re just as concerned about you and your family’s safety as you are. And whether you’re looking for new rates on homeowners insurance policies or information on how your policy may be affected by the installation of a new security system, we want to help. Stop in to see us today, or please feel free to give us a call.