Selecting a security system
Basic do-it-yourself security systems are becoming more popular due to their affordability, convenience and ease of installation.1 These systems may offer simple features such as:
- Motion-activated lights or alarms
- A Wi-Fi-connected camera on the front porch
- Door and window sensors
- A yard or window sign, which 83% of burglars look for before a break-in1
These basic preventive measures can be extremely cost-effective, often starting at as little as $199 for the equipment.2 Basic defenses can help bolster your home’s security, but if you want extra peace of mind, a centrally monitored security system is the way to go.
For an additional cost, some DIY systems can be connected to a monitoring service.
A centrally monitored security system – often equipped with cameras, motion sensors, door and window sensors, glass-break sensors and fire alarms – is connected to a monitoring firm. When the alarm is tripped, the monitoring company will contact you and dispatch police or firefighters to your home, if needed.1
Having an extra set of eyes on your home has several advantages:
- It can help reduce how much fire damage or theft you experience because responders will handle the situation, even if you’re not home.1
- Some monitoring companies offer other perks, such as carbon monoxide monitoring and smartphone apps that allow you to access your system from anywhere.1
- Various systems can be integrated with smart home devices to respond to voice commands.