What to Consider Before You Buy a Home Security System

What’s the difference between a home alarm system and a home security system? Technically… nothing! Basically what matters most is the level of home automation, the installation process and the monitoring options. There are many home security systems to choose from and this needs careful consideration. The best way to come to a good decision is by answering the following questions.

* Do you own or rent your current home?
* Will you need remote mobile access and what are the options?
* Is a camera necessary?
* Are you planning to move anytime soon?
* Do you need more than an anti-burglar system?
* Any good referrals?
* What is the reputation of the security system?

These simple questions will guide you to the choice of home security and ensure you get precisely what you need. You will find that most home security systems come with extra features that you don’t need and most likely will never use! Being a smart shopper will save you money and a lot of headache. Just do your homework properly.

So what next?

After answering the above questions, its time to go into the actual home security system options and get the best that suits your needs or that you prefer. The following is a summarized list of features to always look out for when investing in a home security system.

* Cost – this covers buying the equipment, installation and monthly monitoring subscription costs. You need to consider the price of the equipment as well as the installation cost that comes with the home security system bought. Some wireless security systems require a simple DIY, but you can also hire a handyman if your DIY skills never developed! Make sure you get the best bargain as you will get different quotes for the same thing.

Tip: Wireless home security systems are cheaper and easier to install compared to wired systems.

* Installation – the next thing you should consider is the installation requirements and procedure. While some simple systems installations are DIY, you might need to hire a third-party professional handyman and pay by the hour to get it fixed properly. Otherwise most security companies will do the installation for you which is charged as part of the overall cost.

* Monitoring – how your home security system is monitored is very important. Most security companies will have a central monitoring station that is manned 24/7. There are basically 3 ways that monitoring channels can be set up. Cellular monitoring which is the safest option but also most expensive, phone line and internet which is the cheapest of the three. Please note that central monitoring costs can run up to $60 per month and you may not actually need it! Also, self monitoring may be a good idea but not always the best option.

* Home Automation – this is one feature that has gained popularity in recent times. Please note that you’ll need to pay extra for this. Basically what this will do for you is allow you to control appliances and the security equipment while you’re out of the house. You can be able to view live or recorded CCTV camera feeds and disarm or arm the alarm from wherever you are through your smartphone or any other web enabled device. A system that supports various detection and sensor while allowing you extended control options is the best.

* Contracts – always remember to read the fine print. Many security companies will slap you with a contract when installing the home security system for you. Check the period of the contract and the terms before signing anything. Also confirm if the contract covers things such as moving the system to your new home in case you need to move. Contracts are binding legal documents and you will want to be on the safe side of the fence when things go unexpectedly wrong!

* Warranty On Equipment – you will want to consider this very keenly before purchasing any security or home monitoring equipment. Most security companies offer a warranty covering free replacements or repairs for a certain period of time. Confirm the warranty information to avoid any future problems.

* Scalability or Add-On Features – another thing you will want with a security system is the ability and ease of upgrading or downgrading as required. As lifestyles are known to change, it’s important to find out before hand if the security system will allow you to incorporate the changes or additions without complications.

* Remote Access – a good home security system will also allow you to have remote access either via mobile apps or web-based dashboards.

Final Word

These few features will help you get the best home security system which will bring you peace of mind and security you so deserve in your home. Just ensure your research and evaluation is thorough before entering into any related deals.

Burglar Alarm & Home Security Systems – The 4th Basic Essential Of Life

We live in a dangerous world. Poverty, drugs, and fractured families contribute to a general sense of unrest and violence. Widening social and economic gaps create suspicion and distrust. As economies evolve from industrial to communications and high-technology, many lack the skills to adapt and keep meaningful work. A college education may be out of reach for the people who need it most. Crime becomes increasingly violent, and it spreads from inner cities to suburbs.

Every day, the news confirms that homes and families are not safe, no matter where they are. For many, their home and property are their biggest assets, and the threat of break-ins and burglary are threats to their overall well-being. Protecting home and family is a major concern for homeowners today.

Traditional precautions – locking doors and windows, installing a fence, or getting a guard dog – simply aren’t enough anymore. Burglar alarms and home security systems are an effective tool for keeping your home, possessions, and family safe.

If you have any doubts about burglar alarm and home security systems, it’s time to get over it. Criminals are not discouraged by locks, fences, or dogs. They are smart and experienced. To protect your home and family, you need a reliable burglar alarm and home security system that will discourage break-ins and get quick action when they do happen.

The technology for home security systems has advanced rapidly over the last decades, and today’s burglar alarms and home security systems are more sophisticated than ever before. Designed to monitor your home for unwelcomed intruders and to immediately alert law enforcement of intruders, a good home security is your best home insurance.

A home security system’s main parts are a central control unit and interconnected sensors that monitor specific areas in your home. Sensors can distinguish between a break-in and fire or gas leaks, so your security service can get the appropriate help to you quickly.

Alarms range from simple whistles to elaborate sirens and even silent alarms that alert the security service without any noise at all in your home. When a sensor detects a problem, it signals the service provider, law enforcement, or emergency service and alerts the home occupants by alarm of possible danger.

Burglar alarms and home security systems on the market today come with a wide range of equipment types, configurations, and prices. You can purchase a security system kit for a few hundred dollars. Or you can buy and install expensive and sophisticated automated systems that allow you to automate your home and monitor vulnerable spots with cameras.

In order for them to be effective, you must still take common-sense precautions to protect your home and family. You must remember to lock your doors and windows. You must keep spare keys in unusual and innovative hiding places. You must remember to turn the system on when you leave!

No one wants to fall victim to crime, and homeowners don’t want to lose valuable possessions and precious heirlooms to home intruders and vandals. Burglar alarms and home security systems are the basic and most important tool in protecting your home and family.

If your home is not protected by a burglar and home security system today, then get busy. Inspect your house for vulnerabilities, research system types and options, compare prices and value, talk to experts in home security, and install a reliable burglar alarm and home security system to keep your loved ones and property safe. There are no good excuses for postponing action to fight crime and protect your home. Act today and rest better tonight!

A Comparison of the Top Two Home Security Systems

FrontPoint Security vs. SafeMart

In the security industry being on top means providing superior security and using new technology all without ripping people off. So I’ve whipped out my old detective skills to test out two of the top rated new school security companies. Spoiler Alert! I’m not going to pick the best company for you. I am going to give you the facts and then let you decide which company is the best. After you read the facts, be sure to leave me a comment below to let me know who you think should be the heavy weight champion of new school home security.

Old School vs. New School

I need to give you a little background on old vs new school before we get started so you know why I picked Frontpoint and Safemart. Old School companies lock you in to long contracts, they require installation of proprietary equipment, they send hard core sales reps to your front door, and they even reserve the right to jack up your monthly rate as they see fit. New school companies like FrontPoint Security and SafeMart are bringing the cost of home security down because they don’t have egos. Instead of focusing on bringing new innovative technology to the market they focus on security and service. Instead of making their own equipment they use technology that others have already made well which also means that should you decide to breakup with your provider you can start a new relationship with equipment you already own.


So many companies shy away from social media by locking down the ability to comment or worse they let you comment but don’t respond. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Social media is a crystal ball that allows you to glance into your future. Does the company respond to all complaints by cutting and pasting, “Hi this is Tom. I’m sorry to hear that. Please email us at… ” Guess what? That’s a really bad sign. You just glanced into your future and your future with this company sucks. Both SafeMart and FrontPoint lead the way with social responsiveness. I monitored both pages for a week and checked responses dating back a couple months. Both companies handled customer questions and concerns quickly online. They gracefully answered everything from where’s my app, to how do I secure my garage, to why should I choose you. Their answers were presented independently without cutting and pasting a redirect to customer care hell.


I’m not sure which online review site is the best so I scoured them all for hours. I read through the BBB, Yelp, PissedCustomer, I fell asleep, then I read through Consumer Reports and just when I thought I was done I looked for claims of fraud or lawsuits. Luckily for FrontPoint and SafeMart I didn’t find anything major. Both companies are extremely clean compared to other home security companies. One major company has hundreds of complaints on PissedCustomer compared to FrontPoint that has 11 complaints. FrontPoint has a healthy B+ rating with the BBB and SafeMart is screaming can’t touch this with an A+.


Now this is where you and I might differ. To you it might be more important to get the system in the door for the lowest possible upfront cost or you might want the lowest monthly fee so just in case your priorities are different than mine I am going to give you the golden nugget and by golden nugget I actually mean just a bunch of numbers.


Monthly Fee $34.99
Equipment, Activation, Installation $374.95
Instant Online Savings ($25)

TCO $794.83


Monthly Fee $19.95
Equipment, Activation, Installation $299.00
Instant Online Savings ($300)

TCO $538.40

The TCO. The total cost of ownership (TCO) is the sum of the equipment, activation, installation added to the outcome of the monthly fee multiplied by the required contract length (12 months) subtracted by the spectacular online specials. If SafeMart wasn’t running a $300 online sale during my secret shopping extravaganza these two companies might have come out about the same but there was a sale. With that said both companies offered me a low commitment period of 12 months. That is extremely competitive in the industry as 36 months is the minimum length required by many home security providers.


I put my secret shopping hat on and called both companies to see what the absolute bottom of the barrel equipment package would include. Both companies offered me a GE Control Panel with battery backup, both companies offered a key fob, both companies offered multiple door/window sensors, and both companies offered me a large room sensor that was “smart enough to ignore small animals”. In addition, both companies use multiple locations for their monitoring services which provide extra redundancy and security.

Test #5: Cancellation Policy

Both companies offer 30 day return policies and both companies require that you stick with your contract. If you cancel your SafeMart contract you will be responsible for paying the remaining balance. If you cancel your FrontPoint contract you will be responsible for paying 80% of the balance. Why the difference? I don’t really know but it’s probably due to the fact that you pay a little more upfront for FrontPoint so they have less at risk when you cancel your contract early.

Bonus info! Both companies have a customer friendly moving policy. However, FrontPoint pulls ahead a little in this department. FrontPoint allows you to move the system from one home to another and they only require a phone call. If for some reason you can’t move your system to your new home they also provide flexible options like transferring ownership of your system. SafeMart will allow you to move the system but if you can’t move it then your screwed.


You forgot didn’t you? Like I said in paragraph one, line 3, I’m not going to pick the winner for you. If it’s all about cost than SafeMart might your winner, if you are planning to move soon than FrontPoint might be your winner but I really don’t think you can go wrong with either company.

My biggest complaint with FrontPoint? Their base package fire monitoring isn’t smart. You have to physically walk over and push the fire button on your panel to get help. They have technology that can monitor for fire and smoke but it’s an upgrade.

My biggest complaint with SafeMart? They put me in email jail! To write this extremely riveting article for you, I had to subject my personal information to multiple sales people. After I told SafeMart I wasn’t interested they called me two more times then sent their sales manager in for the hard close. I’ve also received 11 emails in one week.

So tell me, who is your winner?

The Top Advanced Home Security Innovations

Our society is increasingly becoming more and more dependent in technological advances that help improve our everyday life, and the field of home security systems is a good example. Security measures like video surveillance cameras were considered the territory of only businesses and the rich in past years, but today that technology is easily afforded by most homeowners as well.

If a simple, inexpensive alarm system is all that your current budget allows, that is fine and it will certainly enhance your security level over not having one at all. But if you can afford the best security measures that technology can offer there is an ever increasing number of high tech choices that you can make to increase your home security level.

For instance, today it is getting more common to see all-in-one systems that not only monitor your security from a burglary standpoint, but also integrates home fire alarms and medical alarms into the same system. Of course, home security can mean more than just protecting against home intrusion and these sophisticated systems can care for protecting you and your family in the case of almost any emergency that can arise. They are smart enough to detect the difference between a fire, a home intrusion and a medical emergency, and can alert the proper authorities for you in each case. They can even operate in case the power is out for any reason due to having backup batteries and using cell phones to communicate.

Beyond these advanced alarm systems are more high tech means of identification for gaining access to your home or to your computer information. These include fingerprint, voice recognition and eye retinal scanners that have a very high accuracy rate. It is extremely hard to fool these systems and so for those that have highly sensitive or extremely valuable data or possessions that they wish to protect, these technologies are now becoming available to the home security market.

To take it even further, there are detectors that are temperature sensitive and so can sense a subtle change in temperature when someone unauthorized enter a room. Granted this is technology that seems to come straight out of a spy movie, but it is available now for those who feel that their valuables warrant it.

Of course, all of these technological advances are still extremely expensive and would be well beyond the needs of the average homeowner at this point. But the prices on these products are consistently falling and will no doubt become more commonplace as time goes on.

In the meantime they are available even now for those who can afford them and for those who have special and sophisticated home security needs.