Many Americans may wrongly think that property crime nationwide has increased year after year, but such thoughts are not in touch with reality.
Statistics has shown that like violent crime, property crime has decreased year after year since 1990. But does that make the task of protecting your home and properties easier or even unnecessary? Of course not.
In recent times, more sophisticated home security systems to help you protect your home and properties have become available. Of course, they exist to make your life easier. But be careful, your choice or use of home security systems could end up complicating your life.
Here are some mistakes you should avoid with your home security system:
Buying the wrong home security systems
Technically there are no “wrong” home security systems. But just like with most other purchases, what is appropriate for someone else may not be appropriate for you. Diligent research is needed before purchasing a home security system.
Scour the internet, especially review sites or just do a Google search of the security system you’re planning to purchase or install. It’s not enough to read reviews from sites like Cnet or PC Magazine. Visit Amazon and read reviews from real buyers there too.
Additionally, check for complaints about the security company. Sometimes there are legitimate issues about billing, contracts, customer service, or monitoring that you need to know about before choosing a home security system. Here are some recommended features of a home security system you should consider:
- Remote monitoring
- Real-time notifications
- 911 and emergency services
- Input capacity
- Ease of installation
In the end, to help you save time and/or make the right decision, you may still need to speak to a security professional. This will minimize chances of trial and error.
Not testing your configurations
First a word of caution here. It is rare that one home security system is enough for all your home security needs. A secure home will include different security components for different purposes.
Here are some components:
- Indoor and outdoor cameras
- Motion sensors
- Smoke detectors
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Glass break detectors
- Door and window sensors
- Freeze sensors
- Water sensors
- Driveway sensors
The point is, whatever components you’re installing or adding to your home security system, test them.
Lack of/poor maintenance of the home security system
Depending on what you’re looking out for, you should conduct a weekly, monthly, semi-annual or annual check of your home security system. It may involve updating software, changing batteries, changing faulty components, and other measures.
This can be done annually or even semi-annually. Check to see if your vendor offers any maintenance package in the service contract. If they do, fine. If they don’t, you may need the services of a home security inspection company to help with professional maintenance.
Keep these mistakes in mind, and avoid them with the tips above, and you’ll find that your home security systems will be a blessing, not a nuisance.