5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Security System

As mentioned in one of our previous blog articles, 6 Tips on How to Protect Your Home, there were more than 350,000 break and enters reported across Australia in the 12 month period leading up to the last census.

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If you've been the victim of a break and enter, you know how traumatic it can be. Not only can it be dangerous, but it can also be psychologically damaging. According to Tasmania Police, research has shown that security devices such as home security systems are effective in reducing the risk of burglary.

There's a wide variety of security systems, each with special features designed to set it apart from its competitors. With such an abundance of choice, we thought we'd give you some tips to help you make the right decision for your family. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a security system.

Are you a renter or a homeowner?

If you're a renter, we recommend you choose a wireless system, as this will allow you to take it with you when you move. But If you're a homeowner, you can install pretty much any security system you want, depending on your needs and budget.

Both homeowners and renters usually receive a discount on their insurance policy by installing an alarm system. This discount can be as low as 2 per cent, but can sometimes be as high as 20 per cent.

To Send a Signal or Not to Send a Signal?

Some people choose to install a security system that sounds a loud, gut wrenching alarm but doesn't send a signal to a monitoring system. By doing this you will save yourself the cost of paying a home security company. However, installing a system that sends a signal to a central monitoring system does give you added security.

Will I Still be Living Here in Three Years?

If you’re a regular mover and you enter into an agreement with a home security company, you'll want to pay close attention to your contract. Remember, long-term contracts may not work for you. However, many companies offer moving programs that allow you to transfer your service and equipment for free.

Do I Want a Professional Installation or Can I do it Myself?

Some companies will let you choose between professional or DIY installation.

Do it yourself (DIY) systems do not require professional installation, which means an installer doesn't come to your home to set up the system and show you how to use it.

Typically, DIY systems are wireless, making installation fairly easy. The DIY installation option typically means that the customers own the equipment and can move it, so this tends to be the choice of renters or people who change addresses frequently. However, when you choose to perform a DIY install you take on a host of added risk. When a security alarm is not installed correctly you risk installing a system that’s prone to fault tripping, and could be poorly designed.

The benefit of a professionally installed alarm is that you don't have to worry about making a mistake during installation. A professional will not only ensure that your system is set up properly, but also provide you with ongoing support in relation to maintenance, including battery changes.

Do I want mobile access?

Home automation  lets you control your home security remotely from a smartphone or web-enabled device.

With home automation you can remotely arm and disarm your system, as well as control your lighting, thermostat, and small appliances. You can even remotely view pre-recorded or live video surveillance, making it feel like you never left home.

Each security system offers varying levels of home automation and control, so decide what you need to control remotely, then select a company and package that meets your needs.