Five minimum qualifications of your next home security system

Home security systems now come with a variety of gadgets that may or may not be important for your home and family. What you really need depends on your family’s size, habits, and schedule. What may be a valuable part of one person’s home security system may be irrelevant for another.

There are some features, though, that should be non-negotiable. When it comes to your new or next home security system, no matter who you are, you will want to make sure it at least has these five functions before you have it installed in your home:

1. Your home security system needs to be wireless
Having a system that is wireless is important. With a wired system, burglars can simply cut a wire to disconnect your alarm system from the monitoring center, or to cut off its power. There are too many wireless home security options available to settle for a wired system for your home. Additionally, power outages can affect wired systems. When the power goes out, you don’t want your home to become vulnerable to criminals who would like to take advantage of the opportunity. Wireless systems will still continue to operate and can still contact the monitoring center should the power go out and an emergency occurs.

2. Consider a monitored fire alarm as part of your system
When most people think of home security, rarely do they include a monitored fire alarm in their system. Don’t make that mistake. Fires can cause a lot of damage to your home. The response time it takes for authorities to be reached and arrive at your home can determine how much damage your home goes through. According to the Fire Statistics provided by Great Britain, “nearly 40% of dwelling fire deaths in Great Britain occurred in properties where no alarm was installed.” A monitored fire alarm can contact authorities as you run and gather your family and pets during an emergency. This can save time and reduce the damage done to your home.

3. Remote and mobile access and control
A modern home security system should include the ability to access and control the system from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Some companies charge extra for this level of accessibility, but others include it as part of a package. Make sure you ask if this is included in your next home security system.

4. Monitoring should be included
Even though there are many new options available for you to self-monitor your home, there are too many situations in which you might not be available to call emergency services if something goes wrong. If you travel, if your phone runs out of battery often, or if you work out where you cannot take your phone with you, then you might not be available to contact authorities in an emergency.

5. Monitoring center should be in-house
Many companies outsource the responsibility of responding to home alarms. This can reduce the quality and speed of the response time they provide your home in case of an emergency. Consider a company that chooses to keep the responsibility to monitor your home instead of handing it off to a contractor.

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Vivint home security created the first self-contained wireless home security system in the world and today provides smart solutions for home security, home automation and cloud storage. All Vivint monitoring service representatives and installers are employees, not contractors, which ensures consistent customer experiences.