In 2010, home burglaries racked up costs of more than $15 billion in property loss with home burglaries happening every 15 seconds in America.

Adding a security system to your home offers you and your loved ones a reassuring sense of protection and security. Before purchasing a system, it is always ideal to explore the market for prices, services and systems that best fit the needs of your household.

Companies like SimpliSafe, Think Protection and ADT offer 24/7, 365 days a year services, offering optimal security and both residential and commercial monitoring services that include:

  • Monitoring centres awaiting alerts 24/7
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency services 24/7
  • Window and door sensors
  • Temperature and water flow control
  • Natural gas and carbon monoxide monitoring
  • Live and recorded video feed

Before going forward purchasing a system, consider the type of set up you are looking for in your home or business.  Compare things like upfront costs, installation fees, contracts and monthly monitoring costs.

Many companies will not inform customers of costs involved with installations as some companies require hardwire installations that can require a tech in your home. These installations can cost up to $1200 with select companies. Companies like Think Protection with simple DIY systems are taking over the market with free, over the phone installations. Unlike many companies, they also don’t require a contract where you are locked in for a certain term. Companies like ProtectAmerica and SimpliSafe offers similar services with their DIY systems.

Do your research before you purchase a home alarm system and make sure you are not missing out on the best deals or getting caught in any hidden fees or contracts.