Safety in Your Own Home is a Priority
Have you ever heard the saying “A man’s home is his castle”? Many of us think so, right? People feel the safest when they’re in their own home. However, under certain conditions, your house can also be a pretty dangerous place. Unfortunately, the crime rate in America is growing, especially in the Southern and Western parts of the USA. According to one FBI report, Texas is one of the least safe states in the country.
No matter how safe and secure your own house may seem, whether it is an apartment or a private house, there are still certain factors that can prevent us from feeling 100% safe in our own homes. Investing in home security by installing a house alarm will help bring peace of mind and safer home. Alarm systems give an audible, visual or another form of signal about a problem or intruder. Alarm devices are often equipped with a siren.
Types of Home Security Systems
- Burglar alarm
As the name implies, a burglar alarm is designed to warn of burglaries. Usually, they are silent to increase the chances of catching the thief: the police are warned without indication to the burglar.
A burglar alarm system includes window, door sensors, and motion detectors. If these detectors or sensors have been triggered, a signal is sent to the primary control panel that notifies the police that someone snuck into your house.
- Fire alarm
A fire alarm system has several devices working together to detect fires and warn people by issuing a local audible or visual alarm from the detector itself when smoke, fire, carbon monoxide or other dangerous substances are present. These alarms are activated automatically from smoke and heat detectors. Alarms can be either motorized bells or wall mountable sounders. If you wish, you can strengthen your fire protection by installing a full-fledged fire alarm system that contains a heat detector, an in-home sprinkler system, and a smoke detector.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. It’s better to install them inside or near every bedroom. Safeguarding your home with smoke detectors can give your home an added layer of protection. You and your family can sleep well knowing that if there’s a fire in the middle of the night, your alarm will warn you of the danger and you’ll get out in time.
- Car alarm
A car alarm is an electronic device installed in a vehicle to prevent theft of the car itself or its contents. It is triggered with a loud sound (often a siren mounted on a vehicle, a horn, a pre-recorded verbal warning, or a combination of those three) when the conditions for the alarm to trigger are met – in other words, if someone has gotten into your car without the real key. Such alarms may also cause the vehicle’s lights to flash, may notify the car’s owner about the incident via smartphone, and may even interrupt electrical circuits necessary for the car to start as to prevent the car from being stolen.
Average Prices for Security Systems
The average installation cost of alarm systems in Texas is $698 but can range anywhere from $75 to $2,000. Besides installation, you’ll also have to account for the basic equipment package: a control panel, sensors, and a siren. Upgrading the systems equipment further with cameras, additional sensors, and even smart home features add additional expenses.
Occasionally, home security systems experience a malfunction or failure and require repair. On average, repairs will cost you from $50 to as much as $550. For example, the cost of replacing some components is as follows:
- door and window sensors – $15-$60
- motion detectors – $30 – $50
- glass break sensors – $70
- fire and smoke detectors – $30 – $50
However, burglar and fire alarm systems can be covered under the home warranty. This is great for you because you won’t need to pay for expensive repairs and replacements yourself. In case your security system malfunctions, you can contact representatives of the company and they will send a contractor to your house as soon as possible.
Home security systems protect your family, home and valuables from burglars, fires, and car theft. Having a home security alarm system is one of the best ways to start protecting your life against all of these threats. Moreover, having an alarm system in your home allows you to live stress-free. The main benefit of buying a home alarm system is the knowledge that you, your family, and your property will be safe in an emergency. Finally, no matter what kind of home security system you have, remember it’s always important to stay alert. The best alarm system is an open eye and a listening ear, and a little vigilance goes a long way.