With the multitude of options out there regarding security systems, it is paramount that you do your research in order to make the correct purchase. So you can make the right decision, we’ve collated the most important features of a security system that you need to have in mind when securing your family’s home.

  1. Sensors

It’s important that you deduce how many sensors your security system comes with before making a purchase. Each home’s security needs will differ, so one household may require more sensors based on the architectural layout of the space. Consider how many contact sensors there are. Placed on doors and windows, when contact sensors are activated, a loud, audible siren will sound. As well as this, it’s important to consider shock sensors. Shock sensors are designed to detect shocks from impacts. For instance, a baseball bat, a brick or a fist will set off the shock sensors which will trigger an alarm. Lastly, don’t forget about motion sensors! These types of sensors are designed to detect the movement of intruders and are frequently places in large areas. Motion sensors use infrared (IR) technology, which picks up on the heat signature of humans.

  1. Monitoring

A security system is only as efficient as the monitoring service that is watching it! If something goes wrong and no one is there to see it, how can it be remedied? This is the downfall of DIY security systems. If a burglar activates your alarm, you don’t want to be left to your own devices; you want the police to come and deal with it. Without a monitoring service, there is no guarantee that anyone will hear your alarm. On the other hand, a monitored security system will ensure that if your alarm is triggered, the monitoring company can contact you, send someone out immediately, contact the police, or all of the above.

  1. Installation

Whilst some companies offer professional or DIY installation, most offer one or the other. If you purchase a DIY system, ensure that you prepare yourself for the extra effort that may ensue. Typically, DIY security systems are wireless, making the installation fairly straightforward. On the other hand, a professionally installed security system will usually be for a more intensive security system and will require an installation fee. However, a professionally installed security system means that you won’t have to worry about making any mistakes with the setup.

  1. Home Automation

Allowing you to control features of your own home remotely, home automation truly adds a whole new level of peace of mind to your security system. For example, imagine being able to remotely arm and disarm your security system? Often, home automation systems also allow you to remotely view live video surveillance, meaning that you can have things under control at all times. Home automation also allows for other remote options as well, such as turning your lights off, turning on your air conditioning or checking your doors are locked. Never again will you get halfway to work and need to drive back to check if the garage door is still open!

If you have any questions regarding any of the above information, or perhaps you’re looking to find out more about investing in the security of your home, don’t hesitate to give our friendly professionals at Stay Safe a call today. Remember: it’s better to be Stay Safe than sorry!