Did you know that every twenty seconds, someone discovers a stranger in their home or returns home to find a stranger has ransacked their belongings? All you have to do is turn on the television to see that crime can happen to anyone at any time.

No one is exempt from a home break in. From everyday citizens to celebrities, senators, even police officers, a home is burglarized without consideration for who lives in it. If the homeowner is lucky, the only things the thieves take are personal possessions that can be replaced.

But once someone has stolen your peace of mind, that’s a lot harder to get back. Home security systems can make sure that your security needs are taken care of. Make sure that you know which system you want.

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Most companies require a signed contract, and you want to read this very carefully to see what you’re committing yourself to before you buy. Not all systems are built alike. You can find some that will encompass all of the entry points in your home (windows, doors, basement, etc.) and you can find others that will cover only a few entry points where you have to choose which ones are covered.

For example, if you have a three-story home, odds are, you won’t need the third floor windows to be wired into the system. If you have a way for an intruder to gain easy access to a third floor window (such as having a fire escape), then you would want those windows wired in as well as the lower floor windows. Then if someone opens any of those entry points, the alarm is activated.

Security alarm keypad with person arming the system

With home security systems, you’ll get a main control pad and then, depending on your security plan, you’ll get additional keypads to place at different points around your home. The type of watch system you’ll get on your monthly plan will depend on whether you go with one where your home is observed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week or whether you go with a less expensive service.

Depending on which type of security company you sign on with, you’ll also get fire monitoring and some extras, too. If you decide that you want to have a motion detection system, you’ll need to first take into account your family’s activities.

If you have someone who gets up to go to work in the middle of the night and doesn’t get to the alarm control in time, it could wake the household. Or if you have teens that come and go at all hours, a motion sensor system might not be the best choice.

Home security systems are going to cost you based on the level of protection you buy. If you buy a plan that also monitors the outside of your home as well as the inside, you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 on up for installation, plus whatever monthly fee the company charges.