In the home security world, the technology gets more diverse by the day. So, in order to make the right choice for you and your family, you've got to consider:
- How your system will be connected
Your home security system's setup will come down to a couple of choices -- wired vs. wireless and cellular vs. landline.
For example, you may not want to drill a bunch of holes in your walls in order to install a bunch of wires. If that's the case, you'd probably prefer a system that "talks" to itself through a wireless connection.
Or, if you're concerned that a burglar will cut your landline on his way in -- and, thus, render your system useless -- you should opt for a system that uses a cellular connection (or, at the very least, has a cellular backup system).
- What kind of contract you'll have to sign
All home security systems come with contracts, but the terms of those contracts can vary greatly from company to company! So, be sure to take a look at things like cancellation fees, moving terms if you decide you ever want to sell your home, and how long you'll be bound to your security company.
- How many sensors you'll get
The best home security systems offer protection at every place where a bad guy could get into your home -- meaning they'll have a sensor on every door and window. If you want even more protection, look for a security system that gives you motion sensors for the larger rooms in your home. That way, even if a bad guy gets in, he won't be able to move around without setting off alarms!
- Where your control panel will be
All home security systems come with a control panel that acts as the "brain". However, you can't have a control panel that's installed in any ol' place. Instead, you need to make sure that yours can't be seen from the outside. That way, a burglar can't look at it through a window and come up with a plan to disarm it before he even breaks in!
- Whether you want to opt for monitoring
When you think of a home security system, you probably think of having your security company watching over you 24/7, ready to call the police at a moment's notice. However, that monitoring service comes at an additional charge -- and the price can vary greatly, depending on which company you work with.
And, if you don't want to pay extra for monitoring, your system will work just fine without it. So, the choice is ultimately up to you and your budget!