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Understanding the Different Types of Home Security Systems

Wanting to prevent a robbery or forced break-in can be a huge draw to any homeowner, but do you actually know the differences between different security system options? Just choosing the system you have heard most about or selecting the one your neighbors have is not enough to prove effective in your home. Instead, you need to familiarize yourself with the benefits and detriments of each kind and determine specifically which features are right for you.


The ability to place a phone call to the homeowner, police, or security company is an essential aspect of a good security system; however, different companies will offer slight variations to this widespread feature.

  • Landline: If you still use a home phone, then this shouldn't be a problem as long as you consider your provider reliable. This means the system is hardwired to your landline phone connection and will use it to communicate if triggered.
  • Broadband: A second option is the use of your internet connection to communicate. This method is both quick and inexpensive.
  • Cellular Network: Considered the most reliable method, this requires the use of a cellular uplink to contact the security system or police if your alarm sounds. Even if you have a landline, this option is preferable because it will work regardless of whether your telephone lines have been cut or are down.

Controlling Your System Remotely

Often hailed as the technology of the future, automating certain aspects of their living area (like lights, locks, or security systems) is something many homeowners are interested in. If this is important to you, make sure you research which system is best controlled remotely (ideally with a cell phone) and whether or not it will allow you to arm, disarm, or check on your system from anywhere in the world.


Another feature you should consider is the incorporation of security cameras around the exterior of your home. While these can be pricey, they are essential to catching or apprehending burglars or trespassers before they enter your home. Due to their cost, make sure to research the break-in statistics in your area to determine whether they are actually necessary.

In addition to the features above, security systems can also be outfitted with motion detectors, fail-safe mechanisms in the event you are held in your home, and fire or carbon monoxide detectors. The right combination of these elements depends on your personal preferences, but after a bit of research, you will no doubt be able to find the right match for you.