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How to Prepare for a Home Security System

There are several decisions you need to make to prepare for a home security system.

Before you make a decision to buy a home security system, you can visit with a professional security consultant. This can be done either over the phone or at your home. They can make suggestions and provide information - although some companies, especially those that provide in-home consultations, can apply a high-pressure sales pitch and try to get you to commit on the spot. Beware of those sales tactics.

During a consultation, a professional security consultant can evaluate your family life and the layout and design of your home. Once they have this information, they can give you advice on such things as whether to install a hard-wired system or a wireless system, the best place to install the keypad, how to ensure all entry points are monitored, and whether to install other options such as cameras and motion detectors. Also, a security consultant can give you prices on what it would cost to install and monitor your system. Many security system companies also offer a self-monitoring option which can cut out your monthly monitoring fees.

Armed with all this information, you can make several decisions about your home security system.

Now that you know the costs, you might want to consider whether you want to hire a security system to install and monitor the system or whether you want to do it yourself. If you’re building a new home or doing a large renovation project, a hard wired system is not hard to install. However, if you’re replacing an existing system or don’t want to drill holes and run wire through conduits in the walls, you might consider a wireless system. These can be purchased and installed easily by you. You might also consider whether you want to install motion detectors and video cameras as well.

The next consideration is what monitoring options you want. Home security systems now come with a variety of monitoring options. Home security systems can monitor carbon monoxide levels, smoke and fire, interior temperatures and humidity, and flooding from a broken pipe or frozen water pipe.

Many of today’s systems also have a self-monitoring option. With self-monitoring, you monitor and receive alerts from your home security system through your personal mobile device such as a Smartphone or laptop. The more options your security system has, the more you can do from your mobile device. For instance, you can control your HVAC system, access home security cameras and receive alerts when the alarm system is triggered. With self-monitoring you are then responsible for deciding how to respond and whether to alert authorities.

Planning ahead will help you prepare for a home security system and ensure you get the security and protection you want and need.

Choosing the Best Home Security Cameras for Your Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

When you're not at home, you may find yourself wondering - worrying, even - about what's going on at home, is everything safe, is everyone okay, etc. There are extensive home security systems that can alleviate these types of concerns, but these ...

Published:  Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:13:00 GMT



Home security solutions market forecast and trends by 2025 detailed in new research report

Home security solutions are electronics security systems that are designed and used to monitor homes, personal property, residential setups, living premises and residents to protect them from crimes such as robberies, homicides, home intrusions, property ...

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Point Smart Home Security System

The developers at Minut have designed and created a new smart home security system which requires no invasive cameras or complex setups and comes complete with its own companion application allowing you to monitor your home from wherever you may be.

Published:  Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:28:00 GMT



Amazon to fix Key home security vulnerability

Amazon last month introduced Amazon Key: a combination of a smart lock that gives delivery drivers access to your home so they can deliver packages while you monitor them with an internet-enabled camera called Cloud Cam. At least, that's what happens in ...

Published:  Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:23:00 GMT



This is the best home security camera system. Period.

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Make Your Old Home Security System Seem Like New

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Security tight for Thanksgiving parade in terror-wary NYC

New York City's mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for one of the nation's biggest outdoor holiday gatherings, and that visitors should not be deterred. "We had a ...

Published:  Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:15:00 GMT



Police: Keep home security in mind before taking long holiday trips

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Netgear Arlo Pro 2 review: This already impressive indoor/outdoor security camera gets better

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Published:  Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:21:00 GMT



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Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:00:00 GMT



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$99 Customer Installation Charge. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 per month ($1,331.64), 24-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 ($887.76) for California, including Quality Service Plan (QSP). Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Premier Provider customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Licenses: AL-15-1104, AK-35221, AZ-ROC217517, AR-2008-0014, CA-ACO6320, CT-ELC.0193944-L5, DE-07-212, FL-EC13003427, DC-602513000006, GA-LVA205395, HI-CT30946, ID-ELE-SC-39312, IL-127.001042, IN-City of Indianapolis: LAC-000156, IA-AC-0036, KY-City of Louisville: 483, LA-F1082, LA-F1914, LA-F1915, ME-LM50017382, MD-107-1626, MA-1355C, MI-3601205773, MN-TS01807, MS-15007958, MO-City of St. Louis: CC354, St. Louis County: 89767, MT-247, NE-14451, NV-68518, City of Las Vegas: 3000002944, NJ-34BF00021800, NM-353366, NY-Licensed by the N.Y.S. Dept. of State UID#12000286189, #12000286451, NC-1622-CSA, OH-53891446, City of Cincinnati: AC86, OK-1048, OR-170997, Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registration Number: PA22999, RI-3582, SC-BAC5630, SD-1025-7001-ET, TN-C1520, TX-B13734, ACR-3492, UT-6422596-6501, VT-ES-2382, VA-115120, WA-602588694/PROTEYH934RS, WV-042433, WI-City of Milwaukee: PAS-0002640, WY-LV-G-21499. 3750 Priority Way South Dr. Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46240 ©2014 Defender Security

 

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Activation Fee and 42-Month Monitoring Agreement at a minimum of $49.99/mo., home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Local permit fees and/or sales tax may apply. Services not available in all areas.

 

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