More and more these days, people are “cutting the cord” — they’re getting rid of cable in favor of streaming their favorite TV shows via the internet. Landline telephone systems are also becoming obsolete. In fact, a whopping 47% of adults polled don’t have a landline phone.
This concerns some people who are interested in installing a comprehensive security system in their home. Traditionally, these systems link into a landline phone system. This allows them to be monitored by security companies who can call to check on you or alert authorities if they receive any indication of emergencies such as fires and break-ins.
The lack of a landline causes many people to forgo a home security system. This is a shame, as installing a system has benefits beyond just protecting your home and family. In addition to providing peace of mind, it can raise your property values.
What many people don’t realize is that today’s home security systems have evolved with the times. Just like phones and many of our other devices, modern security systems have gone network and cellular-based.
Benefits of Cellular and Network Home Security Systems
This is good news for people who no longer choose to have a landline in their home. They don’t have to sacrifice their safety and security for the convenience and cost savings of simply having a cell phone. Network home security systems, especially ones with cellular back-up, are more reliable than their old landline counterparts. While phone lines can be cut by a resourceful burglar or damaged during a natural disaster, network and cellular systems are less prone to these types of disruptions.
Cellular Security Systems
Just as your old system was monitored via your telephone landline, modern home security systems are monitored via a cellular signal. Similar to traditional systems, a phone signal will be sent to the monitoring station to alert them of trouble.
Internet Security Systems
Another form of home security system works via the internet. These systems are just as speedy as cellular security systems and provide the same benefit of not requiring a phone landline. They do require a connection to the internet, however. As internet lines tend to be buried much more deeply than phone lines, they don’t pose the same easy access to burglars.
These home security systems also have a whole host of modern features. You can monitor them remotely on your smartphone, checking in via a video feed to see what’s going on in real time. If you forget to arm your system, you can arm it remotely. You can also disarm it remotely to allow a family member or repairman to enter the house.
Wireless Security for Your Apartment
A comprehensive home security system isn’t just for homeowners. If you rent an apartment, you should also make sure you’re protected.
Because apartment complexes are multi-family dwellings, they’re full of activity. While it’s great to have lots of neighbors, this also means that there are a lot of people coming and going. This makes it difficult for everyone to tell who belongs and who doesn’t. Does that strange car in the parking lot belong to your neighbor’s visiting friend? What about the strangers entering the building late at night; do they know someone in the building?
Wireless home security systems provide an extra layer of security for your apartment. Because there are no wires, you don’t have to get permission from a landlord to drill holes in walls for sensors or the control panel. Even better? If you move, you can take the system with you. These wireless systems can communicate to the monitoring station via network, cellular, or both.
Installation by a Trusted Provider
Although the internet is full of do-it-yourself wireless home security devices, these types of systems are chintzy and prone to failure. It’s worth the investment in your family’s safety to have a reliable system that’s installed correctly the first time around. A reputable home security provider can customize a system that’s specific to your home. They’ll also walk you through the different functions, making sure you know how to use the system to its fullest potential. If you have an older system that runs on a landline, don’t despair. Many old systems can be upgraded to run on a cellular or internet network.
A home security system is a worthwhile investment that can raise your property values and improve your overall peace of mind. It does more than simply watch out for your home and family; it empowers you to do the same whenever you’re away.
At ProTech Security, we have a strong history of experience, innovation and customer service. The ProTech Security Advantage is more than 30 years of service in Northeast Ohio and a strong commitment to providing quality, cost-effective protection for homes, businesses, educational institutions and government facilities. To see what ProTech Security can do for you, contact us today.