Perhaps you’ve moved into a new home, and left your state-of-the-art burglar alarm system behind you. Maybe you’re noticing a lot of crime stories in the local news, or you simply want to feel a little more comfortable in your home. Whatever the reason, you want a new security system, and you want to know it’s one you can trust. Here are some important questions to consider…

Are You Going to Move Again Soon?

If you move residences fairly frequently, you’ll need to exercise a lot of diligence when reading the security company’s contract to determine whether you’ll actually own the security equipment or not. Many large security firms require you to have long-term contracts with them, meaning that they may not suit your lifestyle if you’re going to move again in the next one to three years. Having said that, a lot of these firms offer moving contracts, which more or less allow you to take your service with you wherever you go. However, this usually requires you to have been a customer for a given amount of time, so always read the fine print!

Do You Want or Need Mobile Access?

Seen as you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you know a little something about smart home technology already. These days, we’re seeing it being applied more and more to home security systems, allowing homeowners to lock and unlock doors remotely, view CCTV cameras, and arm and disarm motion sensors. You’ll also be able to set up alerts that will be sent to your phone whenever someone enters the home or passes by a certain motion sensor. If these features sound like something you’d want or need, then it’s important to make them a part of your search from the very beginning. This will help with setting yourself a budget, and weighing up the benefits of individual security features. You can find out more about smart home technology by reading this Vivint Automation review.

Do You Want Cameras

You might think that as long as you don’t need to catch an intruder in the act of breaking into your home, then you can afford to forget about CCTV cameras as part of your system. However, there are other instances where you might want them. When you’re away from home, for instance, you can keep an eye on your kids, and make sure they’re spending enough time studying and not too much on their video games. If you’re having a nice lay-in on a Sunday morning and hear a knock on the door, you can see who’s on the porch using your smartphone, and go back to bed if it’s a salesman or religious missionary! Furthermore, if a motion sensor is triggered, you can access your cameras and see exactly what’s going on. This will save you from sending the cops out to your home while your family are making preparations for your surprise birthday party.  Whatever you decide, considering security cameras is important when you’re chewing over your options.

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