Angie's List: DIY Home Security – KY3

December 12, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

Last year alone …. Nearly eight million property crimes happened in the United States.That’s inspired many consumers to invest in home alarm systems.

Being new in town was all the reason Martha Pfleeger needed to add some extra security to her family’s home.

“It’s a new area to us and we’ve got two kids, so having a security system just feels safer to us,” said Martha Pfleeger, Homeowner.

Like many of us, the Pfleegers are on a budget so they opted to install their security system themselves.

“D-I-Y security systems have become much more affordable. You can get a typical system for less than 200 dollars and that’s going to include door and window sensors, motion sensors and an audible alarm,” said Angie Hicks.

“Homeowners should consider all of the entry points in their home when selecting components for a burglar alarm. Typically your first floor windows are accessible from the outside and you want protection on those and, of course, all the doors that lead to the outside,” said Will Deines, VP of Operations, SimpliSafe.

Professional monitoring can be added to D-I-Y systems so that police are called when the system is triggered. That will add a monthly fee to your budget.

Even though it’s an extra monthly bill, Angie says police monitoring can mean a break on homeowners’ insurance as well and more peace-of-mind. Learn how to work the system, though, because too many false alarms can trigger local fines.