12/12/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/12/2017 09:06
Keeping your family and home safe with a security system can give you added comfort and confidence. The market for home security has expanded to include DIY systems that are often cheaper and can be customized to fit your needs. With all the options, it can be hard to know what to buy, but with some basic knowledge about different systems, the decision can be made easier.
Deciding if a DIY Security System is Right for You
The biggest decision to make when looking at a home security system is whether you will purchase a DIY system to install yourself or if you will purchase a system through a professional company. Each option has pros and cons that you should consider before deciding.
|The Pros and Cons of a DIY System|
|Save money on installation and equipment||Incorrect installation is a possibility|
|Customize system to fit your needs||Add-ons can be expensive|
|No strangers in your house||You are responsible for repairs|
|Some systems are portable||Limited technical and installation support|
|No contracts or monthly fees required||Wireless hacking concerns|
|Integration with other smart home systems|
Choosing a System
If a DIY system is for you, the next step is deciding what you want to include in your system. The three main devices for DIY home security systems are video doorbells, security cameras and complete security systems.
Video doorbells increase your home's security by allowing you to see who is at the door before you answer and to keep an eye on your home when you are away. Some important features to look for in a video doorbell include:
Security cameras help you keep watch over your home, loved ones and valuables. There are hundreds on the market and it can be daunting to figure out which one is best for you.
The first thing to consider is whether you will be using the camera inside, outside or both. Inside cameras can be used as baby monitors, to keep an eye on pets and to help identify a burglar. You might choose outside cameras as well, to keep track of your car or make sure people aren't damaging your home or landscaping. Above all else, outside cameras need to be weatherproof. Additional features to consider when looking for a security camera:
Make sure that storage capacity is sufficient for the amount of time you need - systems vary from hours to days to weeks.
Complete Security Systems
Complete security systems allow you to protect your entire home from every angle. When comparing security systems, you might want to consider:
Added security will put your mind at ease, knowing that your family and home are safe. Now that you know what to consider, you can confidently choose which system is right for you.
This loss control information is advisory only. The author assumes no responsibility for management or control of loss control activities. Not all exposures are identified in this article. Contact your local, independent insurance agent for coverage advice and policy service.
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