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Home Security Systems

Homeowners can have increased security with a minimum of cost by installing home security systems.  These systems come in varying configurations at different levels of cost and assist the homeowners in keeping their families safe and homes secure.

Cost of a Home Security System.  There are a couple of factors that determine the cost of a home security system. The equipment and installation will cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000. More elaborate systems can run you into the thousands of dollars. Beyond that, you will have the monthly monitoring fee of $10 to $100 a month. Many security firms will install the equipment for minimal cost but then make their profit on the monthly monitoring fee.

Home Security System Options. The basic models will have alarms on doors and windows and send a signal to the central monitoring station. The more options you have the more expensive the system. You can opt for sensors that will detect smoke and carbon monoxide in addition to break-ins. Elderly home residents can wear a "panic button" that works in synch with your home alarm system. One very inexpensive option is the sticker you put in your window that says "This Home Protected By *******". Sometimes that is the most cost effective part of the home security system.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
on Home Security Systems

What will the monthly monitoring fee be? Usually between $40 to $100 dollars.

Will I save money on home insurance? You might. Talk to your insurance agent - you could save 10 to 30% off your home insurance bill.

Can criminals defeat a home security system? It depends on how good your system is and how experienced the criminal is. However, by installing a home security system you have turned your home into a "hard target". The criminal may opt out of a difficult break-in and choose a home with no security system.

When is the best time to install a system? Do the installation while building the home. It is more expensive to go in afterward to pull wires, install electrical power outlets, etc. If putting a home security system into an existing home then a wireless or combination wire/wireless system could be the best answer.

What is a "Home Automation System"? This is a home security system but with a lot of bells and whistles. Naturally it is much more expensive but if you want a system that will set your temperatures for different times of the day, turn on and off the lights in certain rooms at different times, make your coffee, etc. then this is the system for you!

What is a "monitored" home security system? There are two types of home security systems. Some systems are internal to the home - they set off a bell, light, whistle, horn or other type visual or audio signaling device that warns anyone in the house of a break-in and provides a deterrent to the burglar that he has been detected. Then there is the system monitored at a central alarm station. A central alarm station has a 24/7 staff that will see that your house has an alarm and they will call your home and/or dispatch a roving patrol (security or police) to respond. Many home security systems will incorporate both - internal alarms in the home and the signal to the central monitoring station.

What are the different types of equipment that will come with the installation? This depends on how complex your system is, how big your house is, how much money you spend, and how many different types of contingencies you want to be protected from. You can have door and window alarms, keypads (one or more), video displays, cameras, CO sensors, fire detectors, flood and water leak sensors, wireless systems, motion sensors, and radio transmitters.


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