The Truth About Free Home Alarm Systems
Lets get this straight, while a free home alarm system may sound like a good idea, most companies offer this tempting marketing ploy for one reason. To get you on a monitoring contract.
Typically, a free home security system has the keypad, system brain, power supply and phone jack all in one nice neat package. While this may be an installers dream, it is actually of little or no value to you, the home owner in terms of real household security.
When an alarm system is typically triggered, you have a time delay that allows you to input your security code into the keypad and disarm the system, this however is the same time delay that a would be criminal has to locate your alarm system in your home.
Imagine the convenience for the thief when he finds this nice neat alarm package? He can simply tear the system from the wall disabling all of the features in one fell swoop. If this is done before the alarm sends it signal to the monitoring company, they will never be notified, still feel secure?
Worse yet, if the phone jack is near the system itself, a thief could simply unplug the system from the phone line. That is the only way these particular alarm systems can communicate with the monitoring company. A shoddy idea at best, great for manufacturing convenience, but bad for home security.
While we all want value for our money, it is important that separate keypads, control panel (physically and specially seprate from the keypad), and siren.
It is crucial that these components all be installed and separated from each other.
Not all alarm systems are created equally and neither are all alarm monitoring companies, value is of importance, but not at the cost of proper security. Do yourself and your family a favour, take the time to investigate proper alarm systems, monitoring companies and let that be your value guide. Home security starts with proper installation.