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What to Do When You Can’t Afford Everything: Simple Steps to Prioritizing Your Security Needs

Posted: August 26, 2014

Purchasing all the recommended security equipment and services is expensive, and sometimes you can’t afford to pay for everything. If and when this happens, you need to assess the situation. Ask yourself these questions: “how high a level of security do I really need? What types of security measures can I take before exceeding my budget? In what areas can I compromise?” Prioritizing your security needs is one way of staying safe while keeping to a budget.

Think About What Is Vulnerable

When prioritizing your security needs, you need to think about what part of your home (and therefore your life) is the most vulnerable? Do you have expensive tools, bikes, motorcycles, or cars in your garage? Do you keep expensive jewelry in your home? How solid are your doors? What about your windows?These are all questions you need to ask. Try to look at your house the way a robber would. Where would you try to break in? Find a weak spot in your home, and make adjustments to ensure it’s much stronger. The more difficult your home is to break into, the less likely it will be broken into. Before buying a security system, make sure to fix your house.

What Should You Buy First?

Most people don’t know where to start when it comes to home security. Often times, people will just contact a company and let a salesperson dictate what they should do. Don’t let this happen to you. Buying a whole smarthome system is probably a great idea, but many people can’t afford it. Start with something fairly small. At the very least, you need a security system that will alert the authorities in the case of a break-in. Also, make sure not forget about your garage.. Thieves are just as likely to break in and steal the possessions in your garage as they are your home. Finding a basic system can still be quite expensive, so shop around to find the best system for your home.

What Type of Security System Do I Need?

Even if you’re shopping around for a basic system, you have plenty of brands and companies to go with. Here are a few things to consider:

Silent or Audible? Silent alarms make no noise but they do alert the authorities. Naturally, audible alarms make a loud noise and alert authorities. The choice is up to you, but many experts recommend audible alarms.

Do I Need a Smarthome System? With smarthome technology, you can not only monitor your security system, but you can also monitor all of your household appliances and control them from your smartphone, computer, or wall-mounted controller. While some people don’t think they need these capabilities, it can make owning your own home much more efficient because you have total control over the energy your home uses. Also, you will be alerted via your security company’s app if there is a break-in.

There are several steps you need to take to ensure that your home is safe from break-ins. You can’t just barricade the doors at night just like you can’t just have a security system and it let it be. Having a secure home requires you stay on your toes – regardless of whether you have a security system or not... and having a security system will likely help with your other efforts.