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Whether it’s professionally monitored or do-it-yourself, home security comes in many different forms. Learn more about the different types of home security available to you.
Can you take home security equipment with you when you move? If you have a home security system with DIY installation, you can usually take it with you when you move. If you have a professionally installed system, you may be able to take your system, but you should check with the company to find out what their moving policies are.
Door sensors don’t keep intruders from entering your home, but they will alert you to any unwanted guests. When set up correctly, they can set off an in-home alarm or send silent alerts to you, your security company, and the authorities.
If your home was broken into, you’re not alone. Roughly two million home burglaries are reported annually in the US. Taking the following steps will help you get your life back in order so you can start moving forward.
Both DIY and professionally installed alarm systems can help protect you, your home, and your tangible personal property from intruders. DIY installation offers greater flexibility and saves money, whereas professional installation saves time and offers expertise.
Window sensors, much like door sensors, work using a reed switch and a magnet. The reed switch attaches to your window frame, and the magnet attaches to the window itself. When a window with an active sensor is opened, the magnet pulls away from the reed switch and the alarm.
Nope. The IRS specifically lists home security systems as a nondeductible expense.
However, if you have a home business, your home security system may still be tax deductible if you use part of your home exclusively for business…
A lot of security equipment is compatible with multiple monitoring companies, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a home security company that can monitor your security system. However, the age and brand of the equipment factor into the answer…
Monitored security systems send alerts to a central monitoring station. If something goes wrong, someone at that monitoring center will respond to the signal and alert emergency services if needed. Monitored systems are more secure and more hands-off—but they cost more, generally in the form of a monthly fee.
Unmonitored security systems alert you via phone alerts or the control panel—or both—when there’s a break-in or any other incident, and you choose how to respond. Unmonitored systems cost less than monitored systems, but they’re less secure…
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