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Thursday, November 21, 2013

5 Things to Know about Home Security Systems

Keep your own home, as well as your valuable investment homes safe from potential burglars! The best way to do this is to know your available options in order to determine what might work for you. Here are the 5 things you should know about home security systems:
  1. New players mean fresh options - Did you know that cable and Internet providers now offer home security systems? Plenty of these systems now being offered are simple to install and lack any up-front frees.
  2. Your phone can help keep you safe - Many home security companies now offer a mobile app at a very small cost that can be useful in addition to your monthly plan. These apps allow you to use your smartphone or tablet from any distance in order to control your alarm system, view alerts, turn off false alarms, etc.
  3. Someone must call the cops - Some firms do not offer services that alert the police when an alarm is triggered. Although it is not generally recommended to have a non-monitoring security plan, if you do happen to fall under this category, making that call will be the determining factor as to whether or not you will receive the protection you need in the case of an emergency.
  4. Customer service is the key - Experts say that national firms such as ADT "are only as good as the dealer in your area", so be sure to check out local reviews and find a dealer that will provide you with 24/7 support!
  5. The pros aren't your only choice - About 80% of homeowners do not have a home security service. If you fall within this group, there are still steps to take on your own that can better protect yourself and your valuables. Trimming shrubbery that may shelter a person trying to hide, placing security company stickers around your home, and installing an automated light dimmer switch when your property is vacant (which may be especially useful for rental properties) are among some of the recommended tips to dissuade burglars from targeting your home.
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