Are Home Security Systems Worth It? Key Features, Pros & Cons
If by worth it you mean effective, absolutely. A study found that up to 80%¹ of convicted burglars would check for home security systems before breaking into a home, and 60% would refuse to burgle a house with a security system. ADT estimates your home to be 300% safer with a home security system, which may be an exuberant overestimation. Still, the data is very promising.
Even having the only security system on your street can sometimes be enough to deter criminals from targeting your neighbors, too! Even if your security system doesn’t have cameras, criminals may see alarm signs and assume a camera is there too. Wouldn’t make much sense to rob the neighbor of someone with security cameras, would it?
Before you go ordering the first home security system you see online, there are a lot of things to mull over. In this article, we’ll be presenting the pros and cons of home security systems, additional security measures, and more relevant info to help you protect your home from criminals.
Pros and Cons of Home Security Systems
Security systems aren’t cheap to buy, install, or maintain, so you should carefully consider the pros and cons of getting one. It’s also possible that other security measures could fit your home or lifestyle better, which we’ll cover later on. For now, let’s delve into the pros and cons so you can make a more educated buying decision.
These are very powerful benefits, and you’re probably wondering if there are any major downsides that could possibly make you rethink a home security system. We’ve listed some below so you can weigh them against the pros and decide what’s best for your home – judge them for yourself below.
What Home Security System Features Are the Most Important?
The world of home security can be confusing because there’s an avalanche of technically optional addons that actually provide great benefits. With that said, some security features are more important than others. Let’s briefly look at the most important features to look at when browsing security systems.
Property crime may be slowly dropping, but it’s always a great idea to protect your home with a home security system. We strongly encourage you to thoroughly research the topic and potential security systems. It’s your home – don’t entrust it to just any old alarm system.
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