There are plenty of different styles and brands of home security systems available in New Zealand from which you can choose – but how do you know which one is the right one?
You can choose to have it monitored or unmonitored, wired or wireless, and you can even decide whether you want to install it yourself or have it professionally installed.
Learning just a bit about the options that are available can help you determine which system you need to ensure that your home is secure 24 hours a day.
Is a home alarm system right for me?
The first thing you should consider is whether a home security system is right for you in the first place. Some people truly believe that they don’t need to worry about security since they live in a peaceful rural area or a good suburb. The truth is, though, that a robbery can happen to virtually anyone at any time.
There are some things you can do aside from purchasing an alarm system such as making sure that you remove any opportunities to break in.
But the truth is that an alarm is the best defence of all. It deters thieves in the first place and lets you know when someone has breached a door or a window in your home.
Should the alarm be monitored?
While it may be enough to simply install the system with an alarm that sounds to alert you if you are home or to send you a text notification if you are not, you’ll still have to get that message and contact the authorities on your own.
Less than 10 minutes is often all it takes for a burglar to get his or her hands on your belongings and out the door.
The good news is that monitoring services are often quite affordable and they’ll contact the authorities for you as soon as an intrusion is picked up. However, you’ll want to make sure that the system you get is “future-proof” in regard to communication; remember that some of these will only work over a copper phone line and are not capable of operating via a broadband connection.
Which brand makes the best alarm systems?
Consider which brand of alarm system will offer the best performance and value. Some are certainly more popular than others and include brands like the ones listed below.
Bosch offers up plenty of systems that are perfect for use in homes of any size. Their Classic Line series includes wireless options and some that have two separate motion sensors built-in to avoid false alarms.
Paradox has been specialising in home security systems for the New Zealand market for quite some time now and offers up everything you could ever need for your home and this is true whether you need indoor monitoring, outdoor monitoring, or perhaps even both.
DSC’s Bravo line is geared toward homeowners and these systems use things like infrared and microwaves to produce systems that are incredibly sensitive. They also provide outdoor sensors that are perfect for residential use and their own Acuity Glass Break Detectors that will provide an instant alarm in the event that storefront or window glass is broken.
Elite offers a full range of accessories that you can tie into one of their main panels to protect your home. They offer key rings for arming or disarming the system, wireless motion detectors, smoke and heat alarms, and even glass break sensors that will immediately notify you if something should happen.
Information provided courtesy of Security Search, New Zealand’s premier online resource for home and commercial security information. www.securitysearch.co.nz