According to USNews.com, Americans used over $20 billion on home alarm systems and security in 2011 and this number is slated to rise to up to $34 billion by 2017. So as you can see, home alarm system costs and spending is quite high in the US. Maybe it is by choice or maybe it is the kind of neighborhood you live in. Either way, you are entitled to add a few security measures in your home so you can have that peace of mind and comfort you need.
There are various levels of security that can affect your home alarm system costs. If you are looking to spend the bare minimum, then a trained guard dog will do. In addition, if you feel disciplined and capable of owning a gun, then some classes at the shooting range as well as getting a licensed gun will not cost too much. It is said that this exercise can be less than $100. The downside to the above measures is a dog can get sick, can be a threat to other family members or can even be poisoned by intruders. Let us not even imagine the disadvantages of having a firearm in your home.
When looking to technology for security, then your home alarm system costs could definitely rise. You can get CCTV cameras or sensor lights for $100 or so. If you are looking to employ the services of a security installation company, then the actual system will not cost too much. What will cost more is getting the professional to install the system; the start-up costs of the system as well as maintenance fees for the system can bring the costs to above $1000. The use of a security firm will ensure you get the best out of your security system. If this puts a great dent in your budget, then there is need to look into do it yourself installation kits.
You can choose to purchase wireless alarm systems or systems that require minimal wiring. These can cost between $100 and $500 depending on the brand and workings behind it. The upside to self installation systems is the fact that you will not need to pay labor costs or complicated installations from security firms. The downside to do it yourself systems is the fact that you must be disciplined enough to do regular maintenance to ensure it is working at all times. A security firm costs more because you pay them to worry about maintenance and repairs. This means that the fees of that system go up by an extra $20-$35 per month. The other problem with working with security firms is the long term contracts that many of them require you to get into. This will mean that you will lose money in the event that you wish to invest in another type of home security.
At the end of the day, home security costs can be as high or as low as you wish. You just need to do adequate research on the systems out there. You need to do this research with your desired budget and what you want out of the security system in mind so as to make the right decisions.