Last year, thousands of people lost their homes to foreclosure. This year, the economic crisis shows few signs of abating, as many families are still struggling to cover basic expenses. Food prices have risen, businesses are cutting back on jobs, and banks aren’t giving out loans. Aside from constructing a budget, there are many luxuries that you may need to sacrifice in order to cover essential bills. For some families, this may mean purchasing a home security system that does not have a monthly monitoring cost.
Beware of “False Economy”
Before purchasing a security system without monitoring, it’s essential that you know exactly what you’re paying for. A stand-alone security system does not offer the same quality of protection as a monitored security system. While it may be an economical way for you to cut your monthly costs, it’s important to remember that you will need to take complete charge of your home’s security. Without monitoring, the responsibility to detect intrusion in your home is yours alone.
Here are a few highly rated security systems that have no monitoring costs:
AAS 600 Wireless Home Security Alarm System
This expansive security system kit has a retail price ranging from $319 – $499. It can cover up to 32 defensive “zones”, which are each protected by three sensors. It also has an “anti-cut” function which has alerts that activate when a phone line is being cut or tampered with. This system has the ability to store up to six different phone numbers, which will receive a pre-recorded message if the sensors are triggered. Though this system doesn’t have a cost for monitoring, it can be connected to a professional monitoring station at any time for a monthly charge.
Skylink SC-100 Wireless Alarm System
This security system has a retail cost that ranges from $139 – $199. It can store up to nine different phone numbers, which are automatically dialed when the sensors are activated. It comes with a motion sensor and two door/window sensors, though more sensors can be added to cover a larger area. This system also includes a keychain transmitter and an emergency dialer to control transmission of security messages.
GE 51107 Smart Home Wireless Alarm System
This inexpensive security system has a retail cost ranging from $24 – $75. It’s a very basic system, including a single door alarm and three independent window alarms. When the alarms are activated, it triggers a 120 decibel alarm, which is designed to scare off intruders. The door alarm includes a simple four-digit keypad, which can be programmed with a PIN number. Since the window alarms are independent, they have an on/off/chime switch that can be easily used to arm the sensors.