It’s finally time. You have held off for maybe weeks, months or years but you are at last deciding to secure your home. Not a bad choice either, millions of Americans and people worldwide rely on security systems over dogs and other devices to protect their home and family. Now while everyone wants to save a buck and get the best deal around, you should be careful when you are trying to go the cheap route in home security.
How Cheap is Too Cheap?
You want the best bang for your buck of course and who can blame you? But is it worth resorting to the worst equipment available? When considering cheap equipment, think of the long term use you will be getting out of it. If you go to Home Depot or Walmart for the stick on devices that don’t have monitoring, you can get a decent home alarm system for only $50. This will cover your doors and windows. When the alarm trips, a loud sound will go off. This is good for alerting you when asleep and that is about it. If someone breaks in while you are gone it does you no good.
A step up from the ultimate cheapest would be getting a Do-It-Yourself kit and having it monitored for $9.99-19.99. These kits are typically better equipment (Honeywell or GE) and can last much longer than a junky Brinks system from the store. The monitoring costs can be low when you set it up yourself. Shipping will be around $40 to get the equipment to you but typically it comes reactivated. Examples of companies that do this are AT&T Digital Life, Frontpoint Security and LifeShield. There also may be a startup fee of around $99. There are cheaper DIY kits and ways that take a higher learning curve and comfort with installing the equipment. If this appeals to you then research ‘DIY Alarm System Forums’ and you can read up on the people who are doing it the best themselves.
A cheap home alarm system is something you have to take serious and think of the long return of investment. It may be worth it to get slightly better equipment than get the cheapest from the beginning. Research what others are doing and be comfortable with the monitoring fees if they apply.