Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to the question: “How much does a home security system cost?” As you may expect, there are a lot of factors that affect the final price tag. For starters, there’s the size of the house. Smaller homes and apartments require less equipment to effectively monitor the property. A larger home, on the other hand, will have a more complex system design, require more equipment and will take longer to install. Your home’s security vulnerabilities can also affect the size and complexity (and, therefore, the cost) of the security system you need. For example, a home in a gated community or a secure apartment complex will require a less comprehensive security system than a detached house with a street view. The final price will also be affected by the quality and features of your chosen security system. So, you’ll need to consider what you want from the system and how you intend to use it to ensure you don’t end up paying for features you don’t need. Finally, installation costs need to be factored in. Some simpler systems are suitable for DIY installation. But in most cases, you need trained security professionals to install and set up your system for you. And that will need to be factored into the cost. So, let’s have a look at some starting packages, as well as some of the additional optional features.
An entry-level, but still high-quality, home security system package includes an alarm panel with tamper switch, keypad, wired or wireless movement detectors, remote controls, sirens, and all necessary wiring. This kind of system will cost around $1,000, fully installed. This kind of package is great as a home security starting point. If you’re serious about home security, however, there are a range of add-ons that will strengthen your security system, but also increase the price.
When monitored security systems are triggered, they send a signal to a professional security monitoring company. The monitoring company then contacts the homeowner to confirm if there is an emergency and notifies emergency services if needed. Monitoring services contracts differ in price depending on the security company and level of service.In some cases, monitoring can be as little as $1 dollar a day. Monitoring isn’t necessary but it gives many people peace of mind to. Additionally, some insurance companies will offer lower premiums for homes with monitored security systems. However, monitoring does mean you have ongoing monthly service charges on top of the initial outlay for your system.
Home Security Cameras
CCTV cameras are a recommended part of any security system. They not only alert you when someone is on your property, but they can also provide video evidence for insurance and legal purposes. Security camera system can come with a wide range of features. Key features include: Night vision High-resolution picture quality Motion detection (and motion activation) Wide-angle coverage Hard-disc recording Cloud storage Battery back-up systems Remote controlled App-integration and remote access Portability Wi-Fi connectivity Audio functions Suitable for outdoor use Full-colour video Battery-powered Expandability Your choice of features will significantly affect the cost of the camera system. For instance, four 720-pixel, remote access cameras with a hard drive can cost around $1,000 (fully installed). Alternatively, six 4K, wide-range cameras with night vision and a hard drive can cost roughly $5,000 (fully installed). It’s important to consider what features you actually need. For example, night vision cameras will serve no purpose in brightly lit areas. Likewise, wide-angle coverage is probably unnecessary if the camera is covering a side gate area. Some homeowners choose to use remote access cameras as an alternative to a security monitoring service. These camera systems will notify the homeowner via an email or text alert if there is any activity on the property. The homeowner can then log in through a smartphone or computer to access the camera’s live stream.
Intercoms and video doorbells can add a further level of security to your home. Using either audio or audio and video, an intercom can let you know who is at your door without you having to open the door to a stranger. Many systems can also be remotely accessed so you can stay notified while away from home. An intercom can be useful in day-to-day scenarios, like speaking with delivery people or remotely opening the door for guests. With remote access, you don’t even need to be home to do this.
Many security systems offer app-integration. This can include alerts from motion detectors and cameras, as well as contact from monitoring services. If you can operate your security system using an app, you can control it from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. This can be useful for when you are away from home for long periods, including holidays. You can check on the system as often as you like to confirm that your home is secure.
This app-integration also plays into smart home security systems and home automation. Smart home products can let you remotely control or program lights, electronics and even locks. This automation can improve your home’s overall security. If you ever forget to lock the front door, you can lock it remotely using an app. Similarly, you can program lights and certain electronics to turn on and off at specified times. This can make it seem as if someone is home, even if you’re overseas on holiday. The add-ons you pick for your security system will change the overall price. Take time to not only think about you want and how you intend to use the security system but also to research options. While a basic system tends to start at around $1,000, the cost will increase depending on the features you need and the complexity of the system. Ultimately, it comes down to the level of protection you need. Speak with a qualified and experienced security consultant to get a better estimate for your home.