Take a long look at your holiday shopping list for a moment. We’re willing to bet that a new phone, TV, and other electronics are somewhere near the top. Here at Safeway Lock and Key, we recommend a different sort of holiday gift this year.
It’s no wonder why so many Baltimore residents are investing in home security systems than ever before. As we’ve said in previous posts, it’s impossible to put a price on your family’s safety and peace of mind. But with so many types of home security options, how do you really know which one is right for you?
Here are some tips to consider as you make your decision:
Think beyond the traditional alarm
Residential security systems have come a long way. Gone are the days when home security was essentially synonymous with a standard alarm. Today, these systems implement a combination of security and automation.
Let’s look at an example of a fully integrated security system. When someone rings your doorbell, you get notified remotely on your app and have a video and camera to talk to the person at your front door. Thanks to these innovative systems, you’ll never have to deal with a solicitor again.
Explore self-monitoring options
Maybe you’re wondering, “What the heck is a self-monitoring security system?” Think of it this way: if someone breaks into your home, you are instantly notified via text or email. It’s then in your hands to either contact the authorities or determine if it was a false alarm.
Keep in mind that a self-monitoring system may not be the best solution for every homeowner. As an alternative, look for the Central Station Alarm Association certification when choosing a system. Not only does the CSAA have some of the strictest industry standards, but they have representatives on staff around the clock to respond to your alarm.
Account for installation and monitoring costs
Dependable home security shouldn’t break the bank. If you’re pinching pennies, we recommend pursuing DIY options, as installation and monitoring will be free since you’ll be doing both. Central monitoring, on the other hand, typically ranges in price from $30 to $50 per month.
Do plenty of independent research
Let’s say that you opt for central monitoring. Before hiring an installer, though, it’s imperative to double-check that you’re working with a licensed security provider. The absolute last thing you want is for a shady individual or company to have access to your home.
Take some time researching home security companies, paying close attention to testimonials. Should you notice a trend of poor reviews, eliminate that candidate from your list.
The Best Home Security Systems in Baltimore
Safeway Lock and Key is more than just another Baltimore locksmith. For years, residents have relied on us for customized home security systems. Licensed, bonded, and insured, you can count on our team to keep your loved ones safe and comfortable.
Why not invest in peace of mind this holiday season? Call now and experience the difference of Safeway Lock and Key.