The home security market offers many plug-and-play equipment packages that center around an audible alarm to deter intruders who trigger a door or window sensor. They do not offer professional monitoring, so there’s no monthly service contract involved. Monitored home security systems cost between $20 and $60 per month. Although criminology research suggests most intruders flee at the first sound of an alarm, complete home security offers much more than just crime prevention. Protection from house fire or water damage, and assistance with medical emergencies should also be considered. In addition to providing more comprehensive protection, complete home security systems backed by professional monitoring services may also qualify customers for discounted homeowner’s insurance premiums. Learn more about professional home security monitoring.
One thing that many people overlook is the operating temperature. I installed a security camera outside my front door, and when winter came, the camera started to malfunction—I didn’t even think about how cold Iowa winters can be. We had to bring the camera inside and rethink our outdoor security entirely. Before buying a system, think about how cold the winters are and how hot the summers are, and make sure the system can handle those temperatures.