Monitoring is a very important part of a home security system. Whether you are away from home or sleeping, professional monitoring ensures that your home is protected at all times. Think of monitoring as extra eyes on your home to keep your family safe at times when yours can’t be. Home security systems that include monitoring also charge a monitoring fee.
Equipment & Features to Keep in Mind
When looking for a home security system in Tampa, here are some equipment and features you may want to keep in mind.
Video Surveillance Equipment
When your eyes cannot be on all areas of your home, video surveillance can provide peace of mind by being the extra eyes you need. Outdoor cameras are often placed near home entrances like the front door, back door and patio door. Some home security systems even offer cameras that fit inside your doorbell to get a full-frontal recording of anyone who approaches the front door. Outdoor cameras are great for areas with high property crime rates, whether it be a potential intruder, front porch package thief or even someone breaking into your car. Depending on the home security system you select, setting up alerts to receive notifications as the cameras detect movement is also a security-enhancing option.
Most home security systems offer a mobile application that acts as a central hub for your security system. It allows you to see surveillance footage in real-time, receive alerts, and modify your security system settings all from your mobile device. Be sure to review the app functionality of any home security system you consider if remote access is important to you. With mobile accessibility that allows real-time viewing of your home’s surveillance, you may see a property crime threat and be able to alert authorities immediately before an intrusion or theft occurs.
Smart Home Equipment
To get the most out of your home security system’s home automation features, you will need some smart home equipment. You will find a plethora of smart home equipment options like lights, garage door openers, thermostats, door locks, clocks and more. In areas like Tampa where property crime and car theft rates are high, being able to turn different lights on and off in the home or garage while you’re gone on vacation may deter a burglar. Perhaps you receive an alert that your garage door has been left open, leaving your home and vehicle an open target for an intrusion. With a smart home garage door opener, you gain the peace of mind of knowing you can close that garage door remotely, right from your mobile device. We recommend checking into all equipment options and integration options with your home security system provider.
FAQs on Choosing a Home Security Provider
Do any of the top 5 home security systems in Tampa offer professional installation?
All of the top 5 home security systems we’ve recommended offer professional installation except Frontpoint, which offers helpful resources for a streamlined and simple self-installation.
Do any of the top 5 home security systems recommended offer home automation?
Yes. In fact, all of our top 5 offer a variety of home automation features.
How many security cameras do I need?
The answer to this depends on several factors. First, you should consider the size of your home and the number of entry doors. Next, you should consider other areas of your property that could be intrusion points or areas that may be targeted for theft (like a detached garage). Third, review any other areas of your property you want remote visibility of (like a driveway entry). Last, decide if you need any indoor cameras for inside the home. The number of security cameras needed is a decision for you to make. Many home security system providers will also offer a consultation where they will provide you a recommendation of needed equipment.