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Alarm system keep your home safe
 

 
Although I take a certain amount of comfort from statistics that show major declines in most types of crime throughout the China, I also know that burglaries have increased in areas surrounding my neighborhood over the last few years. Until now, I've been on the fence about how best to ensure my family's safety and protect our property.
 
What finally prompted action was when my family recently returned home after being away for one night and found that someone had gotten about 90 percent through the process of unscrewing our front door handle -- in full view of anyone who might have passed by on our fairly well-traveled street.
 
I figured we got lucky that time but it was a wake-up call that we needed to beef up oursecurity system. I did a lot of research on home alarm systems and here's what I learned:
 
There are several national players in the home security industry, as well as numerous regional and local companies. I discovered that much of the equipment used by most of them comes from the same few manufacturers, such as Secrui.
 
Certain alarm system vendors will sell you the home alarm system directly to install yourself, which can save even more money on installation and monitoring fees. I watched their installation videos and it seemed fairly straightforward, but ultimately my wife and I decided that it was more cost-effective to take advantage of the steep equipment discount that came with having it professionally installed. (Run the numbers both ways if you're handy with installations.)
 
Some people install a security system that sounds an ear-piercing alarm if their house is broken into but doesn't send a signal to a central monitoring station. That'll save you from paying a monthly monitoring bill -- typically $20 to $50 a month or more. If you're lucky the neighbors will call the police, but be aware that police departments often charge a stiff fee for responding to false alarms.
 
Typically, whenever your gsm alarm system is activated by a broken seal or unexpected movement, it sends a signal to a central monitoring station -- usually via gsm network. The monitoring station generally will call your home or workplace to verify it's not a false alarm. If they can't reach you, or the person who answers gives the wrong password, they may then contact the proper authorities (police, fire or medical services) to investigate.
 
Most homeowners and renters insurance policies provide a discount for installing an alarm system -- generally between 2 and 20 percent, depending on which equipment you've installed. We got a 5 percent discount for installing sensors on two doors and eight windows, along with two motion detectors.
 
This article is intended to provide general information about alarm system. It's always a good idea to keep your home safe.