How Effective Is Your Home Security System?

October 2nd, 2023

It is important to remember that no security system can 100 percent guarantee that you will never experience a break-in. However, having a high-quality system in Chico can prove to be a significant deterrent that keeps burglars from even trying to invade your property.

So how effective is your home security system? Read on to discover the factors you should look into.

Key Elements

You want to consider several key elements when determining how effective your current or soon-to-be-upgraded home security system is.

Wired Versus Wireless

When looking for a home security system, this is one element you have to take into account. A wired security system is more ideal for a home that is currently under construction or being renovated. That is because significant wiring and drilling have to be done in order to accommodate and install a wired system.

A wireless system, on the other hand, involves an easier installation process. You can usually just mount the system on the wall and integrate your sensors and detectors where needed without having to do any rewiring.

DIY Systems

If you are going with a DIY security system in Chico, then you may miss certain features and bonuses that you would have with a professionally installed system. A good system is one that is being monitored 24/7. This can be almost impossible to do if you are the one doing all the monitoring yourself.

The responsibility for the security system falls entirely on your shoulders when you go the DIY route. That might not prove to be up to par or as effective as a professionally installed system that is monitored around the clock.

Another bonus to having a central monitoring service is being able to take advantage of discounts some insurance companies offer when it comes to homeowners insurance. You will need to pay a predetermined monthly cost for the service, but it is a small price to pay for greater peace of mind and a more effective security solution for your home.

Environmental Sensors

Do you have environmental sensors and equipment in place in addition to the rest of your security system? An effective security system is one that is well-rounded and layered. This means having different kinds of protection for the home, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and temperature and humidity alarms.

Door And Window Sensors

If you fail to cover the two most common points of entry for a burglar, which are the doors and windows, then your security system may not prove to be as useful as you hope. You can’t consider your home security system complete until you have door and window sensors installed.

So is your current home security system the best it can possibly be? Maybe there are elements you want to add or upgrade to boost your home security measures. For more information on what you can do to better protect your property, contact the experts at your local security company in Chico, CA today.

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"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators
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