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When's the Best Time to Buy a Security System?

Posted: March 16, 2015

Let’s be perfectly honest: there really isn’t one perfect time to buy and install a security system in your home. In reality, you can get a great deal on a security system throughout most of the year if you pay attention. However, if you're wondering about intruder statistics, then that’s another matter. There are peak times for break-ins: they usually coincide with the beginning of the school year, Black Friday, Thanksgiving weekend, and the days after holidays like Hanukkah and Christmas. And besides holidays, it’s also important just to know what's going on in your town or neighborhood. Here are some of the best times to get a security system:

Watch for Company Promotions

If you're worried about buying a system during the right time of year because you want to get the best possible price, you need to get online and do some research. Look around the web for some special deals or promotions that different companies have going on. If you notice one company is offering a deal that appeals to you, but you really don't feel confident in that company, take their offer and go talk to another company. Explain that you’d prefer to have your security system through them, but their competition is offering a better deal. Sometimes you'll get lucky and the company will match the price of the cheaper option. Another thing to look for are coupons in the mail. It’s easy to throw these away since you likely receive junk mail day after day, but every once in a while it is worth it to flip through. Security companies commonly advertise this way, and sometimes you can get a great discount by using a coupon that was stuffed into your mailbox.

Pay Attention to the Holidays

Many break-ins occur during the holidays since this is when people typically buy and/or receive expensive gifts. Security companies know this and will sometimes give you a good deal to get your business. They know you’re more likely to consider your home’s security when it’s filled with new gifts than at any other time of the year, so they want you to contract with them while your fear of a break-in is high. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and can be used to your advantage. Again, you need to shop around and really do some research to make sure that you find a great deal on a security system. Often, you can get the system installation either free or highly discounted.

Know What's Happening in Your Neighborhood

Being aware of what’s happening in your neighborhood and community plays a role in your decision to buy and install a security system. Read your neighborhood or town's newspaper or newsletter, and pay attention to the crime section. If there have been any break-ins, you’ll probably find them reported there. Another good resource is the local news station. If you haven't already, it is a good idea to follow them on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date. Most news stations tweet out stories, and a string of burglaries is bound to wind up in your feed if you're paying attention to what's going on in your community. Paying attention to your community and buying a security system before a burglar strikes is one thing, but getting a good deal is another. If there are a lot of break-ins happening in your neighborhood, remember that it's better to be safe than sorry. Even if you don’t get a great deal on a security system, it’s better to be protected than run the risk of not installing a system. You don’t know if the burglar could strike again, and you want to help avoid property damage, stolen goods, and harm to your family. Be smart. Pay attention to the world around you, and let your gut determine when it's the right time to buy. Remember, there is no real perfect time to buy a security system. The perfect time is anytime before you get burglarized. As long as the system is in place before the danger arises, you have good timing.