Home Safety News Home Security—Frequently Asked Questions Written by SafeWise Team | Updated October 12, 2018 What You Should Know to Keep Your Family Safe The Basics of Home Security Do Home Security Systems Deter Crime? Do I Really Need a Security System? How Much Does a Security System Cost? What’s the Initial Cost for a Home Security System? How Much Is Alarm Monitoring Each Month? Are Home Security Systems and Alarm Monitoring Worth It? Can Purchasing a Home Security System Decrease My Homeowners Insurance? Are Home Security Systems and Alarm Monitoring Tax Deductible? What Is a Security System and How Does it Work? What Is Alarm Monitoring and How Does it Work? What Is Home Automation and How Does it Work? Is a DIY Security System Better Than a Professionally Installed One? What Happens to My Alarm Monitoring If My Phone Line Is Cut? What Organization Regulates Home Security Companies? Do I Need an Alarm Permit to Install a Security System in My Home? I Rent an Apartment. Should I Still Consider a Home Security System? How Long Does it Take for My Security System to Notify My Provider of an Intrusion? How Can I Keep My Home Safe While I’m Away? Are Guard Dogs Effective for Preventing Break-Ins? What Basic Steps Can I Take to Prevent My House from Being Burgled? What Should I Do If There Is an Intruder? My House Was Broken Into. What Do I Do? Choosing a Security System What to Look for in a Security System? Are Wired or Wireless Home Security Systems Better? What Type of Contract Length Can I Expect from Security Providers? What Is the Best Security System? Can I Take My Security System With Me When I Move? Home Security Service Features What Are the Best Features to Include in a Security System? What Is ADT’s 2-way Voice and How Does it Work? Where Can I Buy Home Security Batteries? What Are the Pros and Cons of Wired and Wireless Home Security Systems? Are Wireless Alarm Systems Reliable? What Additional Fees or Charges Will I Need to Keep in Mind with Security Systems? Home Security Equipment What Types of Security Cameras Are Available and What Are the Differences Between Them? What Are Electric Door Locks and How Do They Work? Can I Have My Existing Security System Equipment Monitored? Do Home Security Systems Work With VoIP? Will My Pet Trigger a False Alarm on My Home Security System? What Is a Security System Key Fob and How Does it Work? What’s the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Cameras? Where Should Home Security Cameras Be Installed? Can I Get a Home Security System Without a Phone Line? What Are Pet Immune Motion Detectors and How Do They Work? If the Internet Goes Out, Does My Wireless Security System Still Work? If the Power Goes Out, Does My Security System Still Work? What Is the Difference Between Monitored and Unmonitored Security Systems? Can I Control My Home Security from My Phone? How Can I Avoid Setting False Alarms? How Can I Control My Security System If I’m Not Home? How Often Should My Alarm System Be Tested? What Are Common Components of a Security System? What Are the Smart Home or Home Automation Features of Security Systems? Are Wireless Home Security Systems Reliable? How Do Wireless Security Cameras Work? How Does a Glass Break Detector Work? How Does a Door Sensor Work? How Does a Motion Detector Work? How Does the Police Response Work? How Does a Window Sensor Work? Home Safety and Maintenance What Are Some General Home Safety Tips? What Is a Home Safety Evaluation and How Do I Do One? Who Does Home Safety Assessments? What Is a Neighborhood Crime Watch? What Are Common Electrical Hazards and How Do I Fix Them? Where Should I Install Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms? Where Should I Install CO Monitors?