How To Save Money With A Home Security System

With summer travel season approaching, find out how to keep your home safe while you're away.


As a homeowner, there’s nothing more important than keeping your home and your family safe. While FBI crime statistics show that the number of burglaries in the United States went down from 2010 to 2011, most burglaries are committed during the summer months when people are away on vacation. And with getaway season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure your home is protected. Installing a home security system can bring you peace of mind—but did you know that it could also save you money at the same time?

According to FBI statistics, installing a monitored security system decreases the chance of a break-in by up to 80 percent—making it that much less likely that you will have to spend money to replace stolen items. Plus, a 24-hour security system, which could cost as little as a dollar a day, helps guard your home against fire, carbon monoxide dangers, flood and other critical—and potentially costly—conditions.

Investing in a security system also can save you money on homeowners insurance. According to MSN Money, installing a home security system could help you save 20 to 25 percent on your homeowner’s insurance premium.

You’ve heard of a smart phone—but what about a smart home? There are now security systems that let you control things in your home from your office or smart phone. That means you can remotely activate or deactivate your home alarm system, lock doors, set thermostats and turn on or off lights. This new way of interacting with your home is very convenient and saves costs—the perfect combination.

For more safety and security tips, visit ADT's Home Security Source website. Check out ADT on Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube for more information.

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Paul Bishop June 01, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Except of they are looking around to see who has a nice TV to steal, I suppose...
Joseph June 01, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Save electricity and leave a radio on instead. Try a talk radio station so it sounds as if people are having a conversation.
UglyHat June 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I think what you don’t do can be as important as what you do in terms of home security. Don’t post pictures or descriptions to Facebook while you are away – even if you think your page is secure. Items can be re-posted; word gets around fast on the internet. Don’t let mail or newspapers stack up in your mailbox, or on your driveway or porch. Don’t let the lawn get out of control. Don’t let the driveway or sidewalks collect snow and ice. Hire a service or someone you trust to care for your property while you’re gone. If you have a home phone, don’t forget to check and delete messages. If a crook thinks you’re not home they may call you to check, a full voice mailbox is a convenient tip.
Sean O'Donnell June 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Those are great tips UglyHat, If you have someone who is already watching any pets you have they would make a great person to care for the property and take in your mail.
SomeoneOrSomething June 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
If you set these systems up, make sure they are secured from remote and unauthorized access of users... how would you feel if someone had access to your home security systems and your home automation systems without you knowing? It's very easy to find systems that are unprotected against such things. Make sure you know what you're doing before setting up such systems.
Patrick Powers June 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
is there a live sales rep I can connect with?
Eric P. Weiscopf June 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Check out Front Point Security... Great system!
Stefanie S. June 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I second Eric. Beats ADT for me!
Chris Caesar June 05, 2012 at 11:21 PM
It was written by a Patch copywriter and paid for by the company. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advertorial
Myd Nevins June 05, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I have to admit that it has an uncomfortable feel of commercialism that I never really associated with the Patch before.
miltres June 07, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I live in East Milton and my home was broken into at the begining of the year. Never thought it would happen to me. They just pushed the front door in. That was the door I figured they wouldn't come through (neighbors all around and visible to the street) but they did and stole jewelery and a small amount of cash as well as ransacked the bedrooms. I suggest at a minimum that you replace or add to your 100 year old locksets in your home by getting at least an additional deadbolt. The old one on my original door barely went into the door casing and proved to be a very weak point. A $30 and 10 minute job could have potentially saved me peace of mind and thousands in losses. I have a system now. Patriot Alarm in Canton has worked well for me so far, happy with the service they provide.
miltres June 07, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Oh, another thing. After this happened to me, I started reading the Police log more. This kind of thing happens on a fairly regular basis, probably at least 2 homes a week in Milton alone. Remember all of the car break ins last Summer? The area might be low in crime but these type of break ins seem to be increasing. When I asked neighboring police departments if they have any suspects that have admitted to any break ins in Milton, one officer mentioned Norwell had 30 break ins in November 2011 and this was also around the time the captured a bunch of addicts who confessed to entering over 40 homes in the South Shore over the last 2 months, and that was only one group.
MarinaWillams June 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I had cameras installed inside an outside my home, I can view my home from anywhere via the Internet an cell even if I'm out of the country. An best of all The it's recording 24/7 an being sent to my cell or my spouses so stealing the receiver WON'T HELP THE THEIF.
david mokal June 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Paul about TV's and Big Ticket Eletronics Never ever toss the TV box that it came in outside in the trash. They ride around to see what you have new. Computer boxes anything like that. Ive been checking out camera's at Cosco's they seem to have the best price and wierless too.Do Not say anything about vacation and if you talk on the phone use a line in not a cordless.
david mokal June 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM
UT OH you mean that they can tap in to your wireless camera's...Thank you for the Tip I was just going to purchase a system this week. Geesh Im usually on top of this too. Thank You Ill study up before I buy.
david mokal June 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Yes but is it possible to hack into your system if its wireless?
david mokal June 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM
My 1995 Pick Up Truck I dont think no one wants. Its like a rolling toilet ...a trash truck. My Lady freind drives it and if someone steals it the truck will self destruct first bump ya hit
Bo Cleveland June 12, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Wow, lots of little nervous nellies in the MA suburbs. Won't all those nasty little cameras dull your ivory towers? Wow, Newton, way to be all post-riots 1970s about it.
SomeoneOrSomething June 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Yes, wireless systems are not best suited for security. Wired systems via Ethernet are always the better choice when it comes to the aspect of security. If you do use wireless, make sure to use WPA2 for the encryption type (AES algorhythm if available). WEP encryption keys are very easy to crack. Please read articles from Cisco in regards to types of Wireless Encryption.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Two comments were removed for being spam and violating Patch's Terms of Use: www.patch.com/terms
Josh Chace January 31, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Comcast's new Xfinity Home Security service is amazing and one of the cheapest alternatives out there to ADT who's service is incredibly invasive and expensive. I'm getting mine installed soon. Wireless Camera's set up on their own back office wifi network that is secured and private. Advanced rules/alerts that are 100% customizable allowing you to get text message video/picture updates when doors or windows open, etc.. and live streaming monitoring of video, lights, temperature etc all from any smartphone, tablet, or internet-connected device.
Josh Chace January 31, 2013 at 05:09 AM
This is a pretty common misconception. All video is stored on the receiver or a hard disk drive in the component itself. When you pull up video on your smartphone or tablet you're either watching live or playing back from the receiver. If someone comes in and takes it, all your video is gone with it. Lots of very common misconceptions about home security and wireless do-it-yourself camera kits. None of them are effective if the thief disables the device.
Vineyard Worker January 31, 2013 at 01:34 PM
This is a paid for advertisement and it is apparent that most of the comments are setup from sales rep correspondence. Pretty soon the Wellesley Patch info/site will be 100% spam.
Chris Caesar January 31, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I dunno...this was printed nearly eight months ago and we aren't there yet!
Vineyard Worker January 31, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Chris, the setups/plants by the advertisers obviously reflect poorly on the credibility of the Wellesley Patch as "the Patch" is accepting such a practice of advertisements to occur mingled with "newsworthy" blogs. It is my opinion you are not headed in the right direction. Did the editor from the Melrose patch agree?
Avon Barksdale January 31, 2013 at 05:41 PM
My advertisement for my service that disables home security systems was removed, what gives?
Vineyard Worker January 31, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Chris, why did "How to save money with a home security system" get categorized as News when it was a sponsored ad and why was "Wellesley Home to some of the best places in America to Work" pulled? Possibly it was an ad which was placed in the News section as well?
Avon Barksdale January 31, 2013 at 08:44 PM
We're like the AZT for your ADT.
Vineyard Worker January 31, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Take sponsored blogs out of the News category.
Anthony Martinez February 01, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Could be Mike. I am sure Uncle Paul is an advocate of a secure home with children.


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