Finding the Best Home Alarm System
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When choosing a security system, do a Google search online with your zip code and the words "alarm system" or "security system". This should bring up at least a few different companies that offer service in your area. If you get a Google places or maps search result, choose from that list first.
I suggest calling at least 3-5 companies to provide a quote and suggestions for a system for your home. These companies will likely need to come out and look at the property you will want protected. There are all sorts of different devices to add to your alarm system that will increase your security. You will need to balance cost and security needs to achieve the best home alarm system for your needs.
Security System Devices
A system like this can be fairly expensive, but provides a security level that is very difficult to get past.
A basic alarm system is fairly inexpensive and usually consists of the following components:2-3 Door Contacts1-2 Motion Detector1 Keypad1 Control Panel1 Yard Sign and Stickers
Some companies will include a remote to turn the system on and off similar to a car alarm remote.
This type of system would provide minimal protection for a small home. With a system like this, you leave places like bedrooms unsecured. In many cases a bedroom would contain most of the valuables in a home. If a burglar would break into a bedroom window, he/she would likely be able to get away with significant valuables without leaving the bedroom and setting off the common area motion detector or any of the door sensors.
It makes sense to analyze where the majority of valuables are in your home and spend the extra money to be sure they are protected. If your primary concern is not protecting your valuables, but rather protecting yourself or your family then it may be best to invest in a system such as the one I mentioned about in my home.
How the costs stack up
In most cases these large companies will put a system in for you for a small amount of money ($99 - $299). You will pay a monthly rate ranging from $39 and up depending on the system you choose. You will need to sign a contract for a period of 2 or more years depending on the system and the company you go with. When the initial upfront cost is low, you are likely leasing your system. This could end up costing you a very large amount of money if you keep the system for a long time.
With smaller companies the monthly fee can be as low as $15. In some cases it is possible to purchase the system and sign a contract paying low rates like $15 a month. If you plan to keep a system for an extended period of time, the monthly fee should be a huge factor in determining the system you go with. Most companies that offer the option to purchase will also give you the option to lease the system likely for a lower monthly fee than the big alarm companies.
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