Should You Be Investing in a Home Security System?
The answer to this is a resounding yes. No matter what type of budget you have, any type of security system is better than nothing. In fact, you can simply set up a fake one if you really can't afford a security system or you can make one that makes thieves think that a real one has been set in place. The criminal mind isn't smart enough to linger around a place trying to decide whether the security system is real or how well it is designed. Unless you have a luxury home, these thieves won't be taking a second look at the design of the system itself but will only be concentrating on whether you have one set in place or not.
When price isn't a concern
If you're willing to pay the price for a full security system you should be looking for one that offers video monitoring, door and window security as well as off-site monitoring. There are purchase plans available that are definitely worth the price especially if you have a lot of valuables in your home. It's worth your time though to shop around for the best prices. There can be a wide range of variables involved in the pricing and you won't always be comparing apples to apples when you're looking at the different packages offered by Calgary security companies.
When you're on a limited budget
There are a lot of great security packages that are offered at middle-of-the-road prices for people that can't afford the best but know that they are better off with at least something. If you can't afford offsite monitoring just having an alarm installed will usually do the trick to keep thieves at bay or to stop them in their tracks if they do decide to try entering your home. As well, anytime you buy a monitoring system, whether it be high-end or low-end, you will be given a sticker that you can put on your windows and doors alerting thieves that your home is protected. This small, cheap sticker may just be the one thing that drives the bad guys away.
When you have no budget to speak of
In this situation you can get smart and rig up a fake security system. There are video cameras available that look like the real thing but are only made of a plastic casing with nothing inside. When you set up one of these cameras in a conspicuous part of your property, you'll be alerting thieves that you have a system set up. You can also purchase a fake sticker to put on your door saying that your house is being monitored.
Another thing that works great to divert many thieves is a simple "Beware of Dog" sign on your door. In many cases a criminal can be more afraid of a mysterious dog that lies beyond the doors than they are of an alarm system!
No matter what your budget is, you can do something to show thieves that you are keeping your home monitored. Just putting a few simple things in place may be all that's needed to help keep your home protected until you can reach the point where you can afford a top-quality security system.