Once upon a time the only home security a person had was his or her own fists. Over time big dogs became popular as did keeping a gun handy. Door locks have grown in popularity over the last few centuries as well (though there are some who still find the simple door lock an abomination). Today there are all sorts of different options available, each thing more technologically advanced than the last.
Almost every home is now equipped with at least a basic alarm system. The idea behind the security alarm is simple: scare the pants off of an intruder (which will hopefully send him fleeing) and alert the neighbors to an unauthorized entry to your home so that they can call the police.
The security alarm has a code panel that is located either outside or right inside of each door to your house. If you don’t key in the proper code within a few seconds of opening the doors, the alarm goes off. Simple!
Adding Some Oomph
The better option if you want a more technologically advanced home security system is one that will call the authorities for you. The idea builds upon the basic alarm system. Instead of a crazy loud siren, when the code does not get keyed in, it trips an alarm at the security company’s office. An operator patches through and will ask a few basic questions. In addition to asking whether or not you are okay, the operator will ask for the answers to some basic security questions (kind of like when you can’t remember your password on a website). If the answers are wrong or unknown, the operator calls the authorities.
Whether you feel like you genuinely need the no-holds-barred, super-technologically-advanced security system or you just want to outshine your no-frills-alarm-system neighbors, one of the best systems you can buy is the fully automated home security system (Vivint offers a great option if this is how you want to go). These systems involve both audio and video monitoring of your entire home. Whenever a sensor gets tripped, an alert is sent to your phone, which will allow you to check in visually to see what is going on in your absence. If you see an intruder or emergency you can call the authorities yourself, or tell the system to do it for you. This is especially helpful for keeping your home safe while you are on vacation.
There are benefits and advantages to each. If you don’t have a ton of money, the basic model can help you feel a little safer. If you like to know what’s going on at all times, the Vivint (and similar) options are the way to go. You know how much security makes you feel best. Go with your gut!