Holiday season is burglary season; time to consider installing a home security system

Home security systems provide an extra sense of security while homeowners are away. (Photo by Jason Michael White)

The holiday season is prime time for burglars. So, if you’ll be away from home a lot over the next few months, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place to deter would-be intruders. Better yet, consider installing a home security system.

How well do security systems deter crime?
Experts say an alarm system plays more of a role in scaring burglars away from a home than it does in prompting a quick response from law enforcement. But that can go a long way in keeping your family and belongings safe.

Approximately one in every six American families has an alarm system, according to the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, and the number of

Home security systems provide an extra sense of security. (Photo by Jason Michael White)

security-protected residences is rising. That’s because homeowners who have installed burglar alarm systems statistically stand a better chance of avoiding invasion than those without protection. In fact, homes without an alarm system are three times more likely to be burglarized than those without an alarm system. And burglaries are just as likely to occur in country and suburban settings as they are in urban city centers.

How do you choose the right security system?
Look for an alarm system that suits your needs and fits your budget. The standard home security package will include a master control panel, a control keypad, sensor pads for doors and windows, and a motion sensor device. Some systems are connected to an off-site alarm monitoring service, while others have in-home alarms. Further, you can install many products yourself, while others will require the help of a professional.

Examine the security measures included in each package. Then evaluate the applicability of each to your particular needs. If you experience frequent power outages, for example, you’ll benefit from a security system that uses a battery backup. And if your family travels frequently, you may want to have a monitoring service handle alerts while you’re away.

Many providers offer extras such as infrared sensors and closed-circuit camera systems that fully monitor your home inside and out. Other popular add-ons include automated lights, video surveillance and intercom systems, water sensors and carbon monoxide monitoring. These features are especially helpful to homeowners who spend a lot of time away from home.

How much will a home security system cost?
Angie’s List members report paying an average of around $739 for a home security system. Of course, the features

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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