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Choosing the right security system for you

Home security is one of the most important considerations when you own a property. Putting the right measures in place to protect you and your family is crucial. Luckily, there are many effective security systems around now to help you do this. But what should you take into account when choosing the right one for you? 


You have two options for your security system: you can opt for professional or self-installation. Each option comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages so it is best to do  thorough research and find out which is best for you. 

The great thing about modern security systems are the fact that some models are equipped with cellular technology, which means that you can install the system without the need for professional help. 

Self-installed security systems can come right to your doorstep pre-programmed and ready to install. These systems may not be as complex as their professionally installed counterparts but they are great for smaller homes with basic security needs. In most cases, installing these systems is a breeze because all you need to do is securely place the equipment into your doors, windows and walls. 

Professional installation, on the other hand, comes with installation fees, the exact value of which depends on your location and the security company you are working with. But the upside of having professional installation is you do not have to install the system yourself. 

Before the installation is commenced, the security company will send a trained professional for home consultation. The trained professional will inspect your home, discuss your overall budget, and determine your security concerns and expectations with the security system. Based on the consultation, the trained professional will suggest security bundles that will fit your current needs. The suggestions will also be a result of their years of experience in the industry, a fact of which can help put your mind at ease.   

As a summary, self-installed security systems are, in most cases, very cost-effective but you personally need to do all the setting up and installation by yourself. On the other hand, professionally installed security systems will require you to pay an installation fee but it will usually come with a home consultation service, bringing that extra peace of mind and you do not have to lift a single finger during the installation of the security system. The final decision is completely up to you.


Of course, a major factor in choosing the right system is cost. Everyone will be working to a specific budget when it comes to security system installation. This means that you need to choose a supplier and system that fits in with your budget. 

Home security packages come in various prices and bundles of services. As always, each security package will come with its own set of pros and cons. It is possible to find a home security bundle if you will stick to your initial budget but your final choice should never compromise the safety of you and your loved ones.

When sticking to your budget, it is essential for you to know that prices are usually determined by a set of regular fees and/or one-time fees. Some security bundles will require you to make a one-time payment for the security equipment and monthly payment for the monitoring of the security system. There are also other security bundles that come with no monthly fees but the initial cost of acquiring the equipment may come at a steeper price. 

It is therefore wise to read all the details about the security system before coming to a conclusion. Before you subscribe to any security system, read the fine print first. Check if the security company will charge a cancellation fee after you are done with the trial period or if they will charge extra fees if you are planning to move their security equipment from one house to another. 

Think about smart systems

The rise of smart technology has impacted many sectors, with the home security industry being a great example. While it is entirely possible to have more traditional systems installed still, you may find the latest smart systems more useful. This could be true if you live alone for example and work a lot which leaves your property empty for extended periods. In this case, smart systems which automatically turn on lights and can be operated remotely may be a better bet.

Coverage and features

Before you decide which security bundle you want to settle in, ask yourself. What do you want to protect? Do you want a camera system that can monitor the outside and inside of your home? 

There are three types of security systems available in the market today. You can either go for environmental monitoring systems, security equipment and home automation, or any combination of the three. 

As you already know, security systems can do more than just keep burglars out of your property. You can also use it to talk with your children when they get home or inform you that a delivery has arrived with a package you were expecting. 

The right security system is out there for you. It will come with the features and payment plan that is perfect for your current needs.  

As well as the underlying tech which powers any system you choose, you need to think about how effective it will be. The key to this is picking out a security system that has the capacity to cover all the areas you want in your property. Choosing one that is big enough to cope in terms of the equipment included is essential. You should also think carefully about what you want your system to do and what features would be most useful. Larger properties, for example, may need CCTV to stay safe while smaller ones may be fine with just a standard burglar alarm. 

Contact FSR Security today for expert advice

As you can see, there are many things to think about when choosing the right system for your home. If you would like expert advice on which system would be most suitable for your needs, call us today on 07446 875 664 or 01793 936 904. We not only offer advice on home security systems but professionally install them for you too.

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