With the current economic situation, burglars are on the loose. No doubt that statement is true all the time. In other words, there is no time like the present to have a house alarm.
Home security systems are not something a lot of people know much about. In the good old days many people relied upon a watch dog to be their alarm. And even today many people get a dog just for that purpose.
But criminals have adjusted and a barking dog doesn’t scare as many of them off as it used to. They come prepared to handle a guard dog. Nowadays a security camera or loud alarm is more likely to send them down the road. So unless you love having dogs, and have the time to care for them, a dog is not your best security option.
We try to take a very
practical approach here at securityhunt.com. We understand not everyone has a
family budget that has the money for a complete monitored security system from
a national or local alarm company.
However, if you take the time to do the research correctly, like you are doing here, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars.
But I’ll bet you would like an idea of the cost just so you know if you are in the ball park or not. Then read on.
While everybody wants to ensure their property’s and family’s safety, there are certain things to be taken into consideration to help you pick the right house alarm. A wide variety of options are made available, but this doesn’t mean that you buy and install the very first set of home alarm that you find online.
We may say this over and over, but we want to point out that the more you learn about security systems and the more you shop around, the less you will spend.
OK, here goes. Of course there are many variables that can change the price big time, here is a rough idea. An alarm company will charge you an installation charge, and then a monthly fee. The contract agreements usually run either three years or five years.
Installation charges can run from an average of $100 for the very basic system, to a high of around $1,500 for a complete everything included system. You see there is a big range in prices.
The monthly contract fee
can run from a typical stating amount of $30/month to a high of about
$100/month. I would say most people land around $40 or $50 a month. Everything
depends are what you have installed and how good you are at shopping around and
on what’s available in your area.
The first thing to do if
you are thinking of self installing is to set a priority list of the things you
want to install. For example, would you prefer to have outside lighting over
door and window sensors? Would you choose loud alarms over security cameras?
These are the types of items you need to research on our website so you can
starting forming a game plan.
Our preference of the
four items mentioned is outside lighting as our number one pick, door and
window sensor connected to loud alarms second and then security cameras. But
everyone’s situation is different.
Another big decision is whether you are going with wired or wireless devices. Wired devices perform better, but obviously are a lot tough to install. Unless you are going to build a new home, you will be running wires thru the walls and above the ceilings. This takes time and if hired out runs up the cost.
The performance of wireless devices has improved immensely in the last few years. So, unless you have no problem running wires or hiring it done, I would suggest going with wireless security devices for your house alarm.
Now decide where and how many devices (alarms, motion sensors and lights, cameras) you are going to install or pay to install. Check online prices and/or visit your local hardware store for pricing. And check the local paper or with friends for a handy man to help you install.
This is the process for coming up with a budget. Once the house alarm system is installed by you, you can then choose to monitor yourself or find another option. There are a few companies that will monitor self installed systems for as little as $9/month.
Home alarm systems make a
perfect addition to any residential property. Today, you can’t just risk
leaving your things at home or leaving your family without added security.
Review your security
needs and budget, then choose a plan. An alarm system may be considered as an
investment; and believe me, you’ll be glad that you’ve had a system installed,
before it’s too late.
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