Considering a home security system to make sure that your home is protected? It will help to look for a system that has the following features to ensure you're buying the right one. 


If you buy a security system without monitoring, realize that all you are buying are webcams for your home that allow you to check up on it. Some people are fine with this because they just want the peace of mind of knowing that everything back at home is secure, and they like being able to check in on it. However, that does not protect you in a situation when someone actually breaks into your home. It will be all on you to dispatch the police to do something. What if you're in a meeting at the time or at the movies? If so, you'll miss the notification and your security system will be useless.

Make sure that the security system has the option for monitoring. If an alarm goes off, someone will be on standby to see what is happening and make a call to dispatch the police. It may cost more money to have a monitoring service, but it will make your home security system effective. 

Cellular Antenna

A monitoring service will not matter much if the security system cannot dial out if the Internet connection are down. That is why you want a security system that has a cellular antenna dedicated to calling the monitoring service. While the security camera will use the Internet to make a call to the monitoring center if it's available, having that cellular antenna backup can make a big difference

Battery Backup

What happens to your security system if the power goes out to your home? Having a battery backup built into the system will ensure that it is still operational for a limited amount of time. Your sensors should operate with a battery backup that will last for several months before they need replacement. However, it also helps if the base station has a battery backup as well. 

The base station battery may be much shorter in terms of operational duration since it is powering more, but it should be enough to last you a day or two after a power outage. It can trigger alarms that play over a loudspeaker to let others know the system still works and dial out to that monitoring center so that police can be dispatched. 

To learn more, contact a resource like Alarm Protection Services.