FREE Home Security Systems – Are They Really Free?

When it comes to, so-called “FREE” home security systems area, I’m reminded of the parable of the wise king who wanted to give his subjects the wisdom of the ages. He called all of the scholars in his kingdom together and told them he wanted to gather the wisdom of the ages. They worked for a year compiling a great work, volumes and volumes of the best wisdom the kingdom possessed. They presented it to the king and he was impressed, but he said it was too vast, that his subjects would never be able to read it all and asked them to condense the wisdom. They worked and debated and finally got the “wisdom for the ages” down to just one book. The king, again was impressed, but said it was still too long. They worked even harder and got the wisdom for the ages down to a chapter, and then to a page, a paragraph, and finally to just one sentence. The king looked at that one sentence and finally proclaimed, “You’ve done it! This is truly the wisdom of the ages.” That sentence; “There ain’t no such thing as a FREE lunch!”

When it comes to home security systems, in spite of what companies claim, “There ain’t no such thing as a FREE lunch!” Sure they tell you that your home security system is free,(and worth $850) but lets look at the facts. First, what kind of quality can you really expect to get for less than the price of an iPod? And, for that matter, what level of security can you get for your family for $100? We’re talking about protecting your home, and family and I’ve had customers in the Scranton area get a second quote on a $99 home security system. Instead of looking at the quality of the panels and the design of the security system, they were comparing prices on FREE-$99 systems. You have to wonder what was his family was worth to him.

Before I go any further let me add a disclaimer, and I tell this to all of my customers; “The home security system you can afford is always better than the one you can’t afford.” That is to say, any home security system is better than none at all, because a burglar doesn’t know what you have. If you’re on a fixed income or money is extra tight then go for the $100 system, just make sure you own the system and you’re not getting an entry level panel. Now that that is out of the way lets take a closer look at just what you’re getting for “FREE” or $99.

Anytime someone is offering you a “FREE” home security system you can take it to the bank that it isn’t free, and you don’t own it. To start with, they usually hide a $99 installation fee so that they can advertise the home security system as “FREE”. The biggest secret about so-called “FREE” security systems is that in 9 out of 10 offers you don’t own the security system. It is what is called, a leased system. They don’t tell you it’s a lease, but ask them if you own the panel. Ask, “If I cancel my monitoring will your company remove or disable my home security panel?” The strategy behind a leased security system is if you try to cancel your monitoring they will threaten to take the system out of your home (leaving a big hole with wires hanging out). You may have spent $1000.00 on additional devices to protect your home, but when they take out your control panel those security devices are worthless. So your stuck with a security company you don’t want and can’t afford.

That brings me to the monitoring. The place where these companies make their money is on the back-end of the sale, the monitoring fees that you pay each month. You may have saved a little on the so-called “FREE” home security system that you still paid $100 to have installed, and that you don’t own, but you’ll pay an extra $75-$100 more per year for that FREE home security system. During the life of the panel you would have paid $1,500-$2,000 for a very low-end, entry level security panel. This method of selling low-end (a nice way of saying “cheap junk”) home security systems has proved to be very effective as shown by some of the biggest names in home security. Many of the big names in home security, including the biggest names, got there by selling cheap or “FREE” home security systems and charging higher then average monitoring fees. Of course, in most cases, you are not getting any better monitoring for your money. (I’ll have to discuss the differences in the monitoring differences in monitoring companies in a another article.)

Finally, what can you expect to pay for a quality home security system. In the Scranton, PA area, you can get a good wireless panel and a perimeter home security system for $1,000-$1,500. As I said before, you can get the basics for $99 and if you get a good control panel, you can always add devices to it in the future. I had a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barron’s (now a Yankees farm team) pitcher purchase 7 window devices each year for three years until every window in his home was protected. Some of my customers take their tax return to upgrade their system. If you have a good panel then you can always add to it in the future. If you’re starting with junk, then junk is all you’ll ever have. As the quote goes, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig, its still just a pig.”

Why These Are the Most Popular Home Security Systems

Home security systems can be very helpful to home owners. These are tools that help prevent cases of intrusions and break-ins. The challenge is the varieties of home security systems are so numerous that deciding which one to buy is difficult. Here is help for you in how to tell the differences among versions and what will best suit your home security needs.

Home security systems vary depending on their features and the technology they use. They can also differ depending on which part of the house they will be installed. There are versions of home security equipment that are either wired or wireless, have motion detectors, and those that provide indoor security for outdoor perimeter protection.

To some home owners, simple and not complicated security devices work best. The effectiveness of a security system is not always dependent on how advanced it is when it comes to technology.

Several factors need to be considered: such as security conditions of the area where you live in, the size of your home, your family’s daily activities and a lot more. The following systems are considered as the most preferred security solutions in the market.

Total Wireless Home Security Solution

Systems for security focus on keeping a window or a door in such a way to prevent intrusions. In these modern times, a holistic approach has been taken by a lot of security companies to ensure total home security.

Devices providing complete home security are usually wireless. Systems offering total wireless security are, not just limited to detecting intrusions but, also programmed to monitor flood and temperature.

These security systems include a security alarm kit which includes a control panel, motion sensors for the door and windows, and an emergency dialer. This makes it a convenient investment for home owners since everything is included in one purchase. They need not separately buy a window or door lock or a sensor, a security control panel and other home system device for protection. This is indeed a total solution to home security since there are varieties that offer a control panel which can detect more than 24 motion sensors.

Security Cameras for Home Use

Security cameras for the home have evolved since they were first launched. Nowadays, a home security camera can be under a wired or wireless format. The newest development on these security cameras is the internet enabled feature.

This internet capability allows you to connect your home camera to the internet so that you can view it anywhere you are in the world. These types of camera are relatively small and light and can be installed in any part of your house without being visible to intruders. By watching the camera feed on your computer you can easily spot intruders without their knowledge and immediately call the police department.

Window and Door Security System

Windows and doors are common points of entry for intruders. This has led to the development of several very effective types of window and door security systems.

The most common window and door protection ranges from dead bolts, motion detection system, wireless alarm systems and glass lamination. This is a very popular choice since it is not as expensive but can still provide basic security protection. This is best for areas where common intrusion cases are done through the windows or doors.

Home security systems are great tools for your family’s protection. Investing in these systems will ensure that your property is out of the intruders list of targets.

Home Security Systems: More Than Just Having An Alarm In Place

It is understandable that you want to protect both your valuables and the security of your loved ones. Installing a home security system is a smart choice, but be prepared to encounter some confusion when choosing between the different types of home security systems. Rest assured, however, that whichever type you chose, you know that you’ve done the most to secure your home and family!

Security systems that protect a home have surely come a long way from locks and barred windows. Modern technology has made these devices surprisingly sophisticated. Luckily, this sophistication is not reflected too much in their price: affordable prices, in the range of a couple hundred dollars, made these devices relatively common in modern homes.

Some home security companies offer significant discounts just in order to get your business. For under hundred dollars a month, you can pay a home security company to have someone keep an eye on your home day and night. It is a very small price to pay for your peace of mind! In some cases, you can even get a free installation and free equipment when you sign up for a home monitoring service. Besides, just announcing the presence of a security company, protecting your home day and night, can act as a deterrent to a potential criminal threat!

Installing a home security system may actually save you money, because some insurance companies are willing to shave your premium if you have an electronic alarm system in place. Taking into account the average national premium, and how much an average electronic alarm system costs – the installation will pay for itself, just in insurance savings, in as little as three years.

There are two main types of security systems that protect your home: monitored alarm systems (video surveillance), and local area systems (so-called “bells only”). The latter are the more basic ones. These traditional unmonitored systems have various types of sensors placed in and around the house: for example, they can be hooked up to doors and windows. Some devices of this type will also include motion detectors. “Bells only” typically include the use of sound alarm that goes off when the device detects a perceived threat. This will alert you – or your neighbors, if you’re not at home – of any unauthorized entry, and the loud alarm will scare off the burglars. Some devices of this type will also transfer the information about location and the type of threat to the nearest police department.

Monitored home security systems are the most advanced, and therefore a pricier option. Monitored home security systems include video surveillance, where cameras are connected to a central monitoring system. They serve as video door phone, and for identification and access control, but they can also be used as crime deterrence: their presence signifies that your home will not be an easy target. Just the sight of a video camera is enough to scare away potential burglars! They know that they are more likely to be identified when breaking into a home with a video surveillance, and the video material can be used as an evidence against them. Some types of monitored systems can also sound alarms and alert the police. The company will call your house and ask for a password, and if there is no answer, or the wrong password is given over the phone, they will call the police. When used to protect apartment complexes, they include live monitoring and a trained security guard.

The most important consideration when choosing a security system to protect your home? Using it consistently, and in a manner it was meant to be used! Teach yourself, and each member of your household, how to correctly arm and disarm your home security system. Finally, display the signs that announce that your home is protected by a home security system – that alone will keep most burglars at bay! Having a home security system in place indeed means improved home security!

Make sure that you don’t become too complacent, though: a security system needs to be regularly maintained and used responsibly. Never reveal the code with deactivates your home security system to anyone. It is still a good idea to always lock your doors and windows when leaving home, and follow other basic home security measures.