Choosing the best burglar alarm for your home is a matter of consideration and research. Since every family and family member has different habits, these can be important to setting options like the sensitivity and height of the sensors. If you have family members who are night owls, this will need to be part of the overall plan. This is also important in helping choose between wired or wireless, since wired systems are much easier to install during a new home construction. If your home is already built, there will be a larger expense. However, the best wireless burglar alarm these days is absolutely as good as a wired system, so this is not a cause for concern.
You will have to examine your home itself, and note how many doors and windows the system needs to cover. This will be the biggest factor influencing the cost of installing the system. You will also want to make sure that any system you buy has a backup power source available in the event of a utility outage, which is a common feature of the best burglar alarms. Another consideration is the actual location of the controls for the system, and which doors are the most frequently used to enable your family to prevent false alarms from alerting any monitors. The front door is the obvious choice, but you may want one near or in a bedroom or living room.
You will also want to think about exactly whom is alerted when the alarm is triggered. Many companies offer alarm monitoring, where they will contact you in the event of an alarm breach, and contact any responders that are required for the specific event that triggered the alarm. However, options for systems with no monitoring exist which allow your system to dial whoever you choose, notifying neighbors or the local authorities rather than in-house systems. This can save you on expenses, but can also cause many false alarms at your police station or neighbor’s houses if you do not cancel the alarm quickly.
Of course, there is always the option of a system that just sounds when triggered, alerting everyone in the house of the potential intrusion. This is still an effective deterrent to possible intruders even if it is not quite as high tech. Just be prepared to handle all alarms, both legitimate and accidental, yourself.
The research involved has several aspects. First, you will need to investigate local installation companies and see how well they are reviewed by past customers, and what services and equipment they offer or are willing to work with. Clearly, be wary of businesses that are poorly rated by people who have used them before. Aside from that, it is a good idea to talk to as many of them as you can, and get an estimate on the best burglar alarm system they each recommend – as well as a clear understanding of what recurring billing you can expect beyond initial installation.
Price is always a factor and for most buyers it is a big factor. There are options available where some companies will provide a reduced cost installation in return for a fairly long-term commitment to their prescribed monitoring or maintenance service. This is something you will have to decide when comparing the various offerings you find, since any long term contract is a matter of serious consideration. It is especially important when considering your home’s security.
You will also want to investigate for yourself the various brands and models available for your home’s needs, even if you are having professional installation done. There can be incentives to salespeople to provide systems that may not always be the ideal choice for your specific needs. Remember that not all systems can handle any number of points of entry – a typical number is three doors and/or windows – and the more powerful the system, the more it is liable to cost.
Modern systems commonly have the potential to monitor for carbon monoxide, fire, floods, and pet activity, which could accidentally trigger the alarm. One of the bigger names in home security partly due to their successful advertising campaigns is ADT, and their systems offer all of these features. They also are available in all 48 contiguous states in the USA, so it is a company worth getting an estimate from. The Brinks Company also has the well-regarded Broadview Security Company, which services both the USA and Canada.
In any case, make sure that whomever you go with is bonded and insured, listed with the UL (Underwriter’s Laboratories), has been in business for several years, and does background checks on their employees. You have many choices in finding the best burglar alarm for your home, but it is not a decision to make lightly. Be sure to do the homework before you spend the money.