Although we like to think of the holiday season as a time for warmth and giving, it’s unfortunately also a favorite time for burglars to strike. If you plan to be out and about this holiday season, especially if you’re traveling and won’t be home for several consecutive days, it’s important to take steps to protect your home in your absence.
The Efficacy of Security Systems
Alarm systems scare would-be thieves away from your home and elicit a fast response from your local law enforcement agency. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association reports that one in six U.S. families have an alarm system in their home, and that number is increasing because these systems have proven so effective at deterring break-ins. The association reports that your home is three times more likely to burglarized if you don’t have an alarm system than if you do have one, even if you live in a rural or suburban area.
Choosing a Security System
A primary system features a master control panel, door and window sensors, outdoor motion sensors, and a keypad. Depending on your needs and your budget, you can spring for an array of innovative security system features. You can choose a system with an in-home alarm or one connected to an off-site monitoring service.
Consider some extra features, including closed-circuit camera systems, battery backups for electricity outages, infrared sensors, intercom systems, automatic lights, video surveillance, carbon monoxide monitoring, and water sensors. The more time you spend away from home, the more features you may want to consider in your home security system.
Budgeting for a Security System
According to Angie’s List, the average home security system costs $739. You may be able to qualify for credit through your homeowner’s insurance to pay for part of the cost of your order. With so many plans and options, you can find something that works for your family. It may seem frustrating to have to shell out money to stop a criminal, but at the end of the day, you will have peace of mind knowing your family is safe.
Avoiding Red Flags
Some home security companies are unscrupulous. Before signing a contract, make sure the vendor is licensed in your state, and seek referrals from homeowners who have used their services. If you choose a system with a monitoring contract, make sure you read and understand the fine print. Avoid deals that charge exorbitant fees for false alarms, for example.
Make Your Home Secure Sooner Than Later
It is important to not put off getting a reliable security system installed in your home or business. Many homeowners don’t realize how easy it is to get a free consultation and quote for security services before the holidays have even arrived. At Hi-Tech Security, we have over 14 years of experience serving South Florida. Give Hi-Tech Security a call today and protect your family during the upcoming holiday season. Call (954) 394-2292 to speak with one our expert professionals today, or schedule a no-cost consultation here.