How to Set Up Your Own Security System at Home
Ten years ago, I would not have encouraged a homeowner or renter to set up their security system. Technology has advanced to the point where putting in your high-quality home security system is as simple as hanging a mirror.
The most challenging part is determining which system is best for your home. I have explored the Internet and discovered many fraudulent security firms populate their networks. While outlaws like Jesse James used to raid banks with guns, today’s thieves are likelier to utilize computers and automatically renew contracts.
Most security firms base most of their business on contracts. To better understand why your alarm provider is not obligated to provide dependable service, but you are still obligated to pay them every month for several years regardless of whether or not your system works, you should read the printed list of reasons why. If the system breaks, you’ll also have to pay to fix it. You still have to pay for service calls, even though its manufacturer’s guarantee technically covers your product.
Another tactic many alarm companies employ to keep you as a customer is using proprietary technology. You’ll be offered a “free” security system in exchange for covering the installation cost. Okay, so you’ll get a free security system worth over $800, with installation costing just $99, and then you’ll have to pay exorbitant monitoring fees for at least five years. Your mom taught you that nothing in this world comes for free.
The first two years of monitoring will more than cover the cost of the system. Still, the remaining three years of the initial contract will be wasted on exorbitant monitoring fees. However, the system is only worth about $400 and can only be monitored and maintained by the company that installed it. Suppose you don’t cancel your contract in writing within the last 30 days before its expiration. In that case, it will be automatically renewed for “like consecutive terms,” or another five years at the same or a higher rate.
You’ll need to know some things before establishing your own system to defend yourself from these strategies.
Many techs I’ve encountered over the years admit they struggle with security system programming. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible; you should devote more effort to learning your chosen system. Pre-programmed systems are available if you do not feel confident in your programming abilities.
Choose the proper system carefully, as it will affect the rest of your home or apartment. Whatever your parents didn’t teach you, I will: “You get what you pay for!” If you want the cheapest system available, that’s what you’ll get. The type of detection you require in your home should be considered while deciding on a system. You should lock up everything that can be opened without a ladder, including doors and windows. You should also consider interior detection, like motion detectors; if you have pets, you should ensure they are well-designed to decrease false alarms and well-placed to prevent their “pet immunity” from being rendered ineffective. A home security system’s purpose extends beyond preventing break-ins; you may also wish to guard against fire, extreme heat or cold, carbon monoxide poisoning, and water damage.
Having the ability to keep an eye on things is also crucial. A third-party monitoring service must be able to keep tabs on your system. Any reputable central station can keep an eye on your security system if it’s good. You’re deceiving yourself if you think a “local” alarm would keep intruders out. You’ll want to plan your monitoring strategy before worrying about the system’s ability to be monitored. A digital dialer’s functionality is severely limited without a regular phone line in the house. Since VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is not a “standard” phone connection, you may wonder how your security system will remain operational during a power outage. If you live in an area with a solid cellular signal (often AT&T), GSM (Cellular) is one of the most reliable communication methods. Cellular communicators can function without electricity or a phone line and will continue to function even if the power goes out. If you are not a skilled professional, I would not recommend attempting the various additional methods that security systems can communicate.
Finally, I’d want to stress that not every security firm is dishonest. Some of this may make it sound like I have something against security alarm companies. No, I’m not. I own a security firm, albeit one with a somewhat unconventional business model. I’ve worked with and dealt with numerous top-notch security alarm firms. For your family’s safety, I hope the information presented here aids your decision-making process.
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