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.
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.”
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Provider||Monitoring price||Base price||Installation type||Learn more|
|Vivint Smart Home||$29.99–$44.99/mo.||$599.00||Professional||View Plans|
|ADT||$36.99–$62.99/mo.||Equipment bundled with monitoring||Professional||View Plans|
|Google Nest Secure||$0.00–$29.00/mo.*||$399.00||DIY||View Plans|
|Link Interactive||$30.99–$44.99/mo.||Equipment is à la carte||DIY||View Plans|
|Scout Alarm||$9.99–$19.99/mo.||$229.00||DIY||View Plans|
|Ring Alarm||$0.00–$10.00/mo.*||$199.00||DIY||View 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.