The level of violence and criminal activities we read about in newspapers and internet web sites make us concerned for our security. To be able to lead more secure lives, the more affluent among us choose to live in gated communities. Those of us who are not so prosperous turn to security systems. But even then, there are so many different types of equipment to choose from that it is easy for the cost of security systems to shoot up to prohibitive levels. The good news is that, with a little forethought, most homeowners can afford the type of security system that they need.
Practical Considerations To Keep Security System Installations Affordable
If you automatically opt for security systems with all the bells and whistles, you are almost surely going to spend too much. But if you take the time to assess your concerns and the security equipment required to address them, you are likely to find a security system is within your means.
There is nothing to say that you cannot do the initial assessment on your own. During this assessment you need to list down all types of perceived threats. You also need to make a list of the areas you need to monitor, including areas where vulnerable residents in your home (such as teens requiring a certain level of supervision, the elderly and the infirm) may be. This article provides tips on improving home security.
When you plan your video surveillance equipment, make sure you cover all vulnerable areas without overdoing it. Using a camera which has pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) capability is a good way of reducing the number of cameras needed, whether for indoor or outdoor use. Indoor cameras don’t need to be weather proof, but make sure the ones to be installed outdoors are. Make sure to ask only for the features you really need, such as low light video capture capability when the camera will be deployed in a dark area. If you want to increase the deterrent effect, for a few bucks more you can get some dummy cameras installed.
When choosing recording equipment, it may be wise to use digital video recorders. DVR’s use hard drives (the same type installed in your computer) to store video footages. Many DVR equipments can now store in excess of 500GB of video; old recording equipment will require the use of many tapes which have to be replaced frequently.
Remote access capability is a feature that increases the usefulness of security systems many times. It enables you to look into your home and whoever is in it from wherever you are. It also allows you to verify the cause of tripped alarms and coordinate appropriate resolution. This is one area where it is best not to scrimp on because the benefits far outweigh the added cost.
However, 24/7 security systems monitoring should be requested only when your situation really requires it; this will add a hefty monthly fee you would not have with simple remote access.
With careful consideration and a bit of common sense, you can find a security system you can afford.