When it comes to protecting your personal property, a home security system is a great place to start. Over the last several years these systems have become more reliable, more secure, and easier to use, thanks to technology. Today the Internet, smartphones, and mobile apps place security at your fingertips and deliver a lot more value to homeowners than older systems. Here’s five things you should know when choosing an interactive security system to protect your personal property.
- Interactive – Today’s security systems aren’t just about emergency alerting when there’s a break in. Interactive security systems keep you aware of what’s happening at your home with real-time text or email alerts, even when your system is disarmed. For example, you can be alerted when your teenager arrives home from school, when a door or window is left open, or if a drawer or cabinet containing valuables has been opened. And when an emergency happens, interactive security gives you a lot more options too. Notifications to your smart phone about a break-in can keep you informed and aware so that you don’t walk into a bad situation. If you are at home when an alarm sounds, two-way voice communications allow you to talk with a security professional and share valuable information about what's happening.
- Reliable – Today’s most reliable systems use a dedicated cellular connection (just like your cell phone) so it is not vulnerable to wire cuts or power outages. Some intruders may attempt to disable an alarm system by smashing it with a hammer, but systems like Alarm.com have patented technology to alert the authorities even if the panel gets smashed.
- Easy to Use – Wireless systems also make every aspect of owning them easier. From installation to mobile apps, you’ll find that staying aware of what’s happening at home and protecting your property is simple and intuitive. Wireless video cameras and image sensors can let you see what’s happening in your home at any time through your smart phone or tablet.
- Anywhere Access – We found that one of the biggest challenges for earlier generations of home security systems was homeowners forgetting to arm their system. Once they left the house, they had no option for arming the system. Now, not only can you arm your system from anywhere, but you can also lock the doors and close your garage too. Your system will even send you a helpful arming reminder if it detects that your home is empty but the alarm hasn’t been set. It’s so smart; it makes things simple so that your home and valuables are always secure.
Most homes are busy places, with family members and trusted people, like the baby sitter or a dog walker, coming and going. The best systems allow you to set up multiple users with each one having an individualized access code and customized access settings. For example, the dog walker’s code may only work for the hour each day when he or she is expected. But you can receive a real-time alert if that code disables the alarm at any other unapproved time.
- A System that Grows with You – Investing in technology can be daunting. It seems that every year or two a hot new device comes along to replace the one we already have. As our families grow and change, parents come to live with us, and neighborhoods change, our needs to protect and secure our property change too. The best interactive security systems provide a range of services so that you can get the right solution for your unique needs at any time.
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Blog contributed by Alarm.com. Visit www.Alarm.com for more information about security systems.