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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.

Home security for the do-it-yourselfer

Feeling secure at home is a priority for many people. Many people consider installing security systems in their homes to improve their sense of well-being. Whether one owns or rents, individuals may be surprised to learn that do-it-yourself security ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:06:00 GMT



"Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured." May's security speech in Munich speech. Full text.

And we invest in global security knowing this is how we best protect our people at home and abroad. That is why we are the second largest defence spender in NATO, and the only EU member to spend two per cent of our GDP on defence as well as 0.7 per cent of ...

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Abbas to Ask for a Palestinian State During Security Council Meeting on Feb 20

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will request, in a speech to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the establishment of a Palestinian State and will reiterate the need to implement the UN Security Council resolution that calls for a two-state solution ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:22:00 GMT



Ward off porch pirates with these best outdoor security cameras

Blink XT Home Security Camera System ($130) Don't want to rely on your home electricity to power the security camera system because you're wary of a power outage These cameras from Blink are totally wire-free and run on 2 AA Lithium batteries ...

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British Olympic official sent home after altercation with security guard

Adam Pengilly, a former Olympic skeleton athlete and current International Olympic Committee member, has been told to leave PyeongChang after an altercation with a security guard in the host city on Thursday morning. Pengilly, a 40-year-old Brit, allegedly ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:25:00 GMT



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Millions of smart TVs from Samsung and some streaming devices from Roku recently were found to be vulnerable to cyberattacks, allowing intruders to take control and remotely change channels and volume settings, among other things, according to Consumer ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:54:00 GMT



Winter Olympics 2018: IOC member sent home after alleged security guard altercation

The IOC has confirmed one of its members has been sent home from Pyeongchang 2018 following an alleged altercation with a security guard. Adam Pengilly, who competed for Great Britain at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics in the skeleton, got into an ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:33:00 GMT



Wisconsin homeowner's security camera records rare cougar sighting

Feb. 15 (UPI) --The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed an animal recorded by a resident's home security camera was a mountain lion. The department shared footage captured Feb. 7 by a Washington County resident's security camera.

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IOC confirms British Olympics official sent home after altercation with security guard

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- A British member of the International Olympics Committee was sent home after an altercation with a security guard here, the IOC confirmed Friday. Adam Pengilly, 40, who competed in skeleton at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:48:00 GMT



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