Between 1994 and 2011, the rate of household burglaries decreased by 56 percent. However, there were still nearly 28 victimizations per 1,000 households. Many things may have caused this decrease in burglaries. Perhaps our legal system improved, maybe our economy was so strong that people didn’t need to turn to crime. Or maybe it was because of the increase in sales of monitored and self-monitored home security systems.

If you want to protect your home, then a home alarm system is a wise investment. It can give you the peace of mind that you’re protected whether you’re home or away. Read on as we take a closer look at the different home alarm systems that are available and which are the best options to choose from.

1. Hardwired Alarm Systems

Alarm systems are made up of a collection of devices placed around your home. These devices may include security cameras, pressure sensors, door and window sensors, and motion detectors. These sensors connect to a control panel, which is the brain of the system. In a hardwired alarm system, the sensors are connected to the control panel with physical wires. These wires are usually hidden inside walls or covered by conduit. Using a hardwired system offers a reliable connection, provided the integrity of the wires is maintained.

2. Wireless Alarm Systems

Wireless systems use the same types of sensors as a hardwired system, but instead of connecting to the control panel with physical wires, they send their information wirelessly. This may use WiFi or other radio frequencies. The system will then connect to the outside world using a cellular network.

Since a wireless system does not require the installation of any wires, it is usually more cost-effective and simpler to put in place. You are also allowed the ability to move sensors as much as you wish, provided they are still in the range of the control panel. A wireless system can also connect to other devices such as your phone to give you more control both at home and when you’re away.

3. Localized Home Security Systems

As well as being wired or wireless, security systems can also be split into three other categories: localized, self-monitored, and professionally monitored. When you think about an alarm system, you may have a mental image of a siren sounding in your home if a burglar trips one of your sensors. If the alarm system is localized, that means you will only hear the alarm if you are at home. If you’re not, no one will know someone is trying to break in. With a localized alarm, no one is alerted when an alarm is triggered. A push notification is not sent to your mobile device, and a monitoring station is not alerted. Even the best localized home security system is only effective if there is someone at home to hear it.

4. Self-Monitored Home Security Devices

With self-monitored security devices, you take action in the event an alarm is triggered. Typically, these wireless systems will send an alert to your mobile device, but in this case, it means you need to be available to call local authorities for help. If you are in a meeting and your phone is on silent, you will not receive the notification that your alarm is going off. Without receiving the notification, you cannot take action and call local authorities for help. The same can be true when you are traveling. Making sure your home is safe while you are away is a priority. Let’s say your alarm were to go off while you are on a plane or in another country; without phone service, who will respond to an alarm at your home?

Other examples of self-monitored devices are doorbell and outdoor cameras. Self-monitored home security devices have become popular with the rise of do-it-yourself applications. It is important to remember that while these devices are a great addition to your home security, having a professionally monitored security system is a must.

5. Professionally Monitored Home Security Systems

With a professionally monitored home security system, your alarm company is actively monitoring your home 24/7/365. This means that as well as an alarm siren sounding in your home, your alarm will also alert your security company, who will take action.  When you are asleep, away from home, or out of the country, your home is being protected. Since this is a dedicated service, they are likely to be far quicker to respond than if you monitored the system yourself.

Are You Looking for a High-Quality, Monitored Home Security System?

After reading this far, hopefully you’ve decided that localized and self-monitored home security systems aren’t the wisest choice. If you’re looking for a home security system you can trust, then you’re in the right place. We’re one of the largest privately owned security companies in the country, and our service to your family’s safety extends beyond your personalized security system. With our live operators and dispatch services, Alarm Detection Systems is the Chicago-land home alarm company that is always there when you need us.

With Alarm Detection Systems, you will experience service by a company that treats your family like our own. Call us today at 630.844.6322 to schedule your in-home consultation.

About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

ADS is one of the largest alarm firms in Illinois. It has been family-owned since 1968. ADS provides business alarmsfire alarmscard accesssecurity cameras, and home security systems. Our main office is in the Fox Valley. We service all of Chicago, suburbs, and southern Wisconsin.