Alarm monitoring is an essential layer of security that most home security system providers offer, whether that’s professional or self-monitored. Professional monitoring means that your alarm system is monitored by a dedicated team. Self-monitoring allows you to monitor your alarm system through a mobile app. Companies like ADT offer both 24/7 professional monitoring and the ADT Pulse app, which allows you to remotely turn alarms on and off and view real-time video surveillance.
Security Equipment & Features to Keep in Mind
With a high rate of home invasions and property crimes, there are certain features Bostonians should consider when shopping for a home security system that will increase your sense of safety and security.
Smart Home Devices
Can’t remember if you locked your front door before you left for work? Forgot to close your garage door? Providers who offer smart home devices allow you to control the security of your home from anywhere. With property crime and larceny-theft being the highest occurring crimes in Boston, smart home devices are a great option for the Bostonian on the go. Look for companies with features like smart lights, door openers, and door locks, which can all be controlled remotely from your smartphone to help deter burglars.
Motion and Door Sensors
Motion and door sensors cover the critical entry points of your home and alert you any time someone enters your home or comes within a certain distance of those entry points. If you live in a large home, you may have to purchase additional sensors to cover everything. Many security systems come with a chime feature that will let you know when a sensor goes off. Others have sensors tied to a phone application and will send you a notification in real-time when a sensor goes off.
With so many people moving into Boston and millions of visitors yearly, security cameras are a great option if you want to keep an eye on your property, even your car. Outdoor security cameras and doorbell cameras send automated notifications to your smartphone and allow you to monitor activity around your home at all hours of the day. With a 1 in 4 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, security cameras are a must.
FAQs on Choosing a Home Security System
Which home security provider best fits my needs?
The answer is dependent on factors unique to your living situation and personal preferences. If you’re looking for professional installation and heavy automation, we suggest ADT and vivint.SmartHome. For DIYers, FrontPoint, Protect America and Link Interactive make installation easy and affordable. It’s important to do your research and make a decision based on your budget and personal security needs.
Do all of these providers offer home automation?
Yes, all five providers offer home automation with varying features and integrations.
Do all of these providers offer security cameras?
Every provider offers indoor and outdoor security cameras, but they differ in quality and feature functionality.