Automated Home Security System
Security is a top priority for many homeowners. No one wants to come home to find their valuables stolen and personal property damaged. Even worse, no one wishes to find themselves at the mercy of an armed intruder; those who've experienced such an ordeal sometimes end up traumatized, living in fear in what should be their safe haven.
Fortunately, with today's affordable and versatile technology, homeowners can avail themselves of a wide assortment of devices to prevent unwanted intrusions and decrease the chances of being the victim of a break and enter.
Automated security systems allow homeowners to construct a personalized security system that is flexible, reliable, multi-faceted, and easy to manage.
DIY or Professional?
Home security systems can be as simple or complicated as you'd like. The typical configuration consists of an in-home dashboard, or alternatively, the capability of being controlled remotely via smartphone, tablet, etc. Depending on your needs and budget, you may opt for alarms, motions sensors, cameras, locks, and video doorbells.
The advantages of a DIY system include a lower cost and the ability to assemble, configure, and customize to your preferences and needs. However, you could be at a disadvantage if you don't possess the expertise to install and maintain the system. Also, when alarms are triggered, you won't have a professional on hand monitoring your home and alerting the police/fire department (you need to pay a subscription fee to a security company for this service).
Like most things, the more money you are willing to spend, the more sophisticated the security system you can implement. Here's some things to keep in mind when deciding on a home security system.
A home security camera is the most common go-to device used for deterring criminals from entering your premises. Almost all security cameras that are part of an automated home security system connect to your home's Wifi. The benefits of cameras include the ability to alert you no matter where you are located, check up on family members, and monitor your entire home from your smartphone or tablet.
Cameras vary greatly in their features and capabilities. Some details worthy of consideration include indoor vs outdoor (with the latter obviously being able to withstand harsh weather conditions), the location where footage will be stored, video resolution, and motion-detecting capability.
For many homeowners, a series of strategically-installed cameras may be all that's needed for a functional and effective security system, so it's worthwhile to do some research before making your purchase.
Video-surveillance doorbells are digital versions of peepholes found on many front-entry doors. Many systems offer live video streaming, allowing you to see who's within the vicinity of the front entrance.
Smart locks are electromechanical locks that that can be locked and unlocked remotely. These locks allow you to control who gains access to your home, all from a mobile app, making them convenient and safe. For example, you can send a signal from your wireless device to an individuals' smartphone, that will grant them (and only them) access.
Motion sensors are devices that detect when someone is in your home. They utilize specialized technology that's able to recognize movement. If someone or something trips a sensor, an alert is triggered. Many motion sensors also turn lights on when they are tripped, which can give a would-be thief second thoughts about entering.
Motions sensors can be a very beneficial component of any home security system, given that they can cover huge spaces and immediately deploy alarms, alerts, and lights to discourage intruders.
What to Consider When Investing in an Automated Security System
With the wide range of devices available at your disposal, selecting a home security can seem daunting. The most vital points to consider when making your investment are:
- The amount of money you're willing to spend. DIY systems can be relatively cost-effective, while professionally installed ones less so;
- Who will be in charge of installation, maintenance, and monitoring (you may decide it's best to outsource everything to a security company);
- The amount of customization and number of features you require.
Current technology allows for the average homeowner to construct a very reliable and sophisticated security system. Setting aside some time and money to install an effective security system in your home can prove to be an invaluable investment, both for your home and peace of mind.
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