The Benefits of Getting a Home Security System

On the fence about security systems? Check out these benefits of getting home security.

While a home security system isn’t for everyone, there are lots of good reasons why you might want to invest.

1. Confidence

Ever finish a math test or head home after a date and think, “I aced that”?

Having a security system gives you that same pumped-up feeling. You know that if someone tries to break in, the alarm will go off. So you get to go around thinking, “My home is protected, and I have nothing to worry about.”

2. More protection

With most home security providers, you get more than home security. You also have options to add extras like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, or flood sensors.

That way, your home is protected from disaster, not just intruders.

3. Professional help

When you get home security, you usually pay for the equipment and for the security company to keep an eye on your system. You outsource your protection to the pros. This is known as professional monitoring.

When you pay for professional monitoring, your security company takes care of everything. The reps call the police or fire department for you if the alarm goes off. (Although if you want reps to check with you before taking action, you can set that up with your provider.)

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Professional monitoring vs. self-monitoring
Some security companies install the equipment and then allow you to monitor the system on your own. There’s a certain charm to watching your system yourself, but it’s hard to do. You’re the first responder to any emergency, which makes it difficult for you to sleep, go on vacation, or turn off your phone. So, although professional monitoring tends to run more expensive, we generally suggest that over a self-monitored system.

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And with a security system on the case, you can say buh-bye, housesitters. Now you only need someone to swing by to pick up your mail and water your plants.

4. Discounts

Sometimes, if you have a home security system, your home insurance provider will give you a break on the insurance premiums.

If this is a big draw for you, we recommend checking with your insurance agent before purchasing security. They might have a specific brand you’ll need to use to qualify.

5. Remote access

Most modern home security systems let you check up on your system using your phone no matter where you are. You can see if the alarm goes off or view the security camera feed with just a few swipes.

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Smart lock perks
If you have a smart lock, you can usually access it remotely. That way, you can let the kids or the grocery delivery guy into the house without even being home.

6. Smart home basics

Some security packages come with the beginnings of a smart home, like lights, locks, or a voice assistant. It’s an easy way to start your security system off with a bang—or, more accurately, an alarm’s wail.

Even if your security is more basic, most systems these days come with a smart app that’ll link to other products. You can buy compatible devices and connect them to your security system.

To learn more about smart homes, check out our home automation guide.

Recap

If you like what you’re hearing, a home security system might be for you. Take a look at Best Security Systems and Best Renter and Apartment Security Systems to see what services are available.

Home security benefits FAQ

How do I get a home security system?

To get a home security system, you need to order an equipment package (either online or on the phone).

If you get a professionally installed alarm system, the company may want to send over a tech before you buy a package. That way, they can determine what equipment and payment plan you’ll need first.

If you get a DIY system, it should come in the mail ready for installation.

How much does a home security system cost?

Home security prices vary by region, provider, and plan. But we’ve put together a decent overview of what you can generally expect from our favorite security companies.

Top home security systems
ProviderMonitoring priceBase priceInstallation typeLearn more
Vivint Smart Home$29.99–$44.99/mo.$599.00ProfessionalView Plans
SimpliSafe$14.99–24.99/mo.$229.00DIYView Plans
ADT$36.99–$62.99/mo.Equipment bundled with monitoringProfessionalView Plans
Frontpoint$44.99–$49.99/mo.$319.95DIYView Plans
Google Nest Secure$0.00–$29.00/mo.*$399.00DIYView Plans
Link Interactive$30.99–$44.99/mo.Equipment is à la carteDIYView Plans
Abode$0.00–$20.00/mo.*$229.00DIYView Plans
Scout Alarm$9.99–$19.99/mo.$229.00DIYView Plans
Ring Alarm$0.00–$10.00/mo.*$199.00DIYView Plans
Brinks$39.00/mo.$199.00DIYView Plans

Data effective 8/26/2020. Offers subject to change.
* Self-monitoring is free, but professional monitoring costs extra.

What should I expect in a home security system?

If you get a basic security package, you’ll typically get a hub, keypad, motion sensor, and door or window sensor.

For upgrades, like multiple sensors and cameras, you typically need to buy a more specialized package, get a more expensive monitoring plan, or even do both.

Should I get a wired or wireless system?

The terms “wired” and “wireless” can get pretty complicated when it comes to security and smart homes. A wireless security system doesn’t always mean that there are no wires or plugs. In today’s world, a wireless system usually communicates without wires but may still be plugged or wired into a power source.

Check out this guide to learn more.