Home alarm systems have come a long way over the decades. They’re no longer those huge cameras that stick out from the corners of your walls and security panels that are easy to smash and break. These new systems are smaller, lighter, and much more versatile. Essentially, they bring a completely new perspective to home security. Here’s what you need to know about them.
You Have More Options
Thanks to the versatility of these new home alarm systems, you have a lot more options. Do you want a system that digitally records footage and sends it to a central location (sometimes one that’s offsite)? Or would you prefer a slightly more traditional alarm that makes an obnoxious noise to scare off intruders? You have all of these options and more.
Even better, you can customize your system to include exactly what you want. You no longer have to stick with a choice between two or three stock systems that require you to pick something that may or may not have every single option. Instead, you can build a system piecemeal and keep customizing it.
Systems Are More Affordable
Not only do these systems include a lot more options, but they’re also more affordable. In the past, only the very wealthy could afford a home security system. Those large video cameras (the ones that ran on videotapes, at that) cost around $500 each.
An entire system could run into the thousands – and that doesn’t include the price of professional installation, the amount required to monitor the system, and everything else that the company charged you for.
In fact, back in the 1980s and 1990s, the only way to get a home security system was by hiring a company to handle everything. (More on that later). Technology has changed this quite a bit. Everything is now much less expensive, and there are plenty of do it yourself packages that you can purchase. Now everyone can have a home security system.
Personalization Is Key
We also briefly mentioned that the many options available for these systems make them very easy to personalize. Now it’s time to go into more detail on this. Due to changes in technology, you can pick and choose the components that you want for your alarm system. If you want a loud, obnoxious alarm, then one can be set up.
If you want a certain number of security cameras, then they can be purchased. On top of this, many of these security systems are attached to a simple smartphone app that allows you to monitor your home, tackle home automation tasks, and record everything that goes on in your home when you aren’t there. This makes the system easy to use and you get exactly what you want.
Personalization is just one of these interesting new perspectives.
You Don’t Need to Hire a Professional Monitoring Company
As we brought up earlier, you used to have to hire a professional security company in order to have a home alarm system. Some of the bigger names in this niche had quite a bit of business because homeowners had to purchase the components from them, pay a setup or installation fee, and then pay for monthly monitoring and maintenance. This is no longer the case.
You can buy a box of home security cameras, set them up yourself, and then connect them to the related company app – at no additional charge. This is what makes these systems so much more affordable these days.
Home Automation Is Quite Interesting
Home automation is one of the biggest security trends, and it is very interesting. These automation systems allow you to control certain parts of your home by using a smartphone app. You just need to set up the automation; whether it’s the lights in your living room, the curtains hung on your front windows or the locks on your door.
Follow the instructions to get everything connected and then download the app. Now you can control these features no matter where you are. If you’re running late and it’s already dark outside, you can turn on the lights to make it seem as though you’re home. This will deter burglars and potentially keep a home invasion from happening.
You’ll Feel More Secure
Above all else, one of the best new home security perspectives is the sense of overall security that you get from having them. There’s something that feels very safe about having a personalized system that does exactly what you want it to.
The more customization that you have, the better you’ll feel about leaving your home for a period of time and not having to worry about whether or not you locked the door and closed the curtains. Keeping the contents of your home safe needs to be a priority, just to give you peace of mind.