With technology evolving at a rapid pace, protecting your family is now more important than ever. That’s why it pays to invest in the right home security alarm system.
Installing a security system allows you to monitor your home in real-time, with alerts sent directly to your smartphone or tablet whenever movement is detected. They can also be an excellent deterrent for burglaries, as well as improve home and property insurance costs. They can even help provide evidence in the event of a crime.
A home security alarm system usually comes with motion sensors, door and window sensors, CCTV cameras, high decibel alarms to scare intruders and alert neighbours, LED remotes, pet-friendly sensors and a touch panel that allows you to enter in a passcode in order to arm and disarm the system.
Other types of home security alarms include dummy cameras (which are designed to look like a real camera in order to deter theft) and hidden cameras (which are made to fit in small spaces like a smoke detector or a photo frame).
There are several factors you should consider when finding a home security alarm system that fits your needs:
- Home Size: The bigger your home, the more you’ll need. Larger areas will also require cameras with higher resolution and depth of field
- Number: You might decide on a couple of cameras inside to keep an eye on the kids or have 360° coverage throughout the home
- Inside or Outside: Indoor security cameras are weatherproof and are usually less expensive than outdoor cameras
- Monitoring: Some security systems might require a monthly fee and other upgrades for 24-hour monitoring.
When it comes to a home security alarm, you can choose between a CCTV security system or an Internet Protocol (IP) system.
Internet Protocol systems can be easily configured and expanded. They connect directly to your home’s wi-fi, allowing for high definition recording and night vision, with footage stored on the cloud or on an external storage drive. But be warned, IP systems can also be susceptible to hacking and power outages.
CCTV systems, meanwhile, are more affordable and work independently from the Internet, where video footage can be monitored on-site or stored on a Digital Video Recorder. But despite their high resolution and large storage capacity, hacking may pose a serious threat to CCTV systems when connected to a local network.
Home security alarms can either be wired or wireless. A wired security system will need to be installed by a licensed technician and, depending on how many cameras you need, may cost an estimated $60-$87.50 an hour. Having a wired security system can be a huge advantage as they are less likely to be hacked and have a built-in power source, with battery backups often included in case of a power outage.
A wireless security system, on the other hand, can be a lot cheaper to install, ranging from $50 for a single camera to more than $500 for a high-quality device or kit. At Vista Security Solutions, you can buy a home security alarm with 1TB storage from as low as $880 or a CCTV four-pack from $2190.
Wireless security systems almost always offer remote access and are great for DIY installation. Keep in mind, though, that such systems need to be installed within range of your home’s wi-fi but can also be at risk of hacking and signal interference.
For 30 years, Vista Security Solutions has provided families with the best in home security systems. Thanks to our dedicated team of technicians, we offer a wide range of products to help keep any home safe and secure, including the latest Bosch and Honeywell systems and CCTV packs of two, four or eight cameras. All products come with three years parts and labour warranty and can be installed within 4 hours or a maximum of 2 days (depending on the size of your home and the number of cameras being installed).
At Vista Security Solutions, your family’s safety will always be our No.1 priority. Call or email us today for an obligation-free assessment.