With crime rates increasing across the country, it seems that even middle-class suburbs are no longer the safe havens that they once were. I don’t consider myself an alarmist by any means, but I do take safety seriously — particularly where my family is involved. That’s why I’ve spent the last couple of weeks shopping around for a good home security system.

I have never had a home security system before, so I was under the impression that they were extremely expensive, complicated to set up, and required long-term contracts with an alarm monitoring company. However, after I started looking into these products a bit more, I learned that none of my initial fears have any real merit, as home security systems have become far more affordable to the average consumer in recent years.

The home security firm’s first do-it-yourself system features extensive voice assistant support and three IP cameras, with more devices on the way.

Source: https://sea.pcmag.com/ifttt/35670/adt-launches-blue-its-first-diy-home-security-platform

When I first started shopping for a home security system, I wasn’t quite sure which features I should look for. At the very least, I wanted a product that would sound an alarm if any of my doors or windows were tampered with, but beyond that, I had no idea what else would be useful.

Were motion sensors worth the extra money or were they too inconvenient to work with? Would having dogs in the house lead to too many false alarms or are today’s home security systems sophisticated enough to tell the difference between pets and intruders? Is a perimeter alarm necessary or could I do without it? These were some of the questions I had in mind while comparing all the different products.

Fortunately, I was able to find a few very informative websites that told me just about everything I needed to know about home security systems. After reading about the various features that the newest safety products come with, I felt prepared to make decisions about what would be best for my family.

After I made my final choice, I purchased my home security system online from a great site that offered me a hefty discount on the product I wanted. I was also able to get a special introductory discount at a reputable alarm monitoring company, and I even scored a few upgrades, such as free flood and fire monitoring.

So I want to say that if you’re one of those people who always thought that home security systems were way out of your budget, I suggest that you take another look. They’re surprisingly affordable, and are the best way to protect your family and belongings from break-ins, intrusions, and even natural disasters.