Home alarm systems, while once considered a luxury and reserved for the bigger, most expensive homes, have become more common in recent years. Not only have they become more affordable, but crime has become more widespread, and more people are taking measures to protect their homes, families, and possessions.
Now that home alarm systems have become more widely used, they are also much more affordable. In fact, there is an alarm system and even monitoring service available in just about any price range. In fact, there are several home monitoring services that will set up a complete alarm system for free when you sign up for home monitoring service, and most of them have packages that will fit into most budgets.
Alarm systems come with several different options, and can be purchased with or without home monitoring service (though it is recommended). Standard setups that include a keypad and several “entry” points that are alarmed, or monitored, will be the cheapest systems. If you’re not a fan of punching in a code and running for the door before the alarm goes off, there are also remote control equipped alarm systems, as well. With these, arming the system is just as simple as pressing a button. You can even get systems that let you arm or disarm them via your smart phone, as well as turn up your heat and flip on the lights before you get home. These systems integrated with video surveillance will offer you ultimate in home protection.
Monitoring services are designed to monitor your home and alarm system while you’re away, and give you added security knowing emergency units will be dispatched if an actual problem occurs. When your home alarm goes off, you will receive a phone call from the monitoring service asking whether it is a false alarm. If there is no response, or you let them know it’s the real deal, officers will be dispatched to your home to investigate. They can also deactivate the alarm for you when you’re not home, so your house alarm isn’t irritating the neighbors all day while you’re away at work.
Besides, when you consider the cost of having your home broken into and robbed, the cost of securing it with an alarm system might not seem quite so bad. And the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing your home is secure makes it worth every penny.