Home Safety News General Safety and Home Security—Frequently Asked Questions Written by Alex Young | Updated October 12, 2018 What You Should Know to Keep Your Family Safe The Basics of Home Security How Much Does a Security System Cost? What Is Home Automation and How Does it Work? What Is a Security System and How Does it Work? My House Was Broken Into. What Do I Do? Do I Really Need a Security System? Are Home Security Systems and Alarm Monitoring Worth It? What’s the Initial Cost for a Home Security System? 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? What Is Alarm Monitoring and How Does it Work? Can Purchasing a Home Security System Decrease My Homeowners Insurance? Are Home Security Systems and Alarm Monitoring Tax Deductible? How Much Is Alarm Monitoring Each Month? How Long Does it Take for My Security System to Notify My Provider of an Intrusion? What Are Common Electrical Hazards and How Do I Fix Them? How Can I Prepare for an Earthquake? How Can I Prevent My Home from Flooding? How Can I Prevent a House Fire? How Can I Keep My Home Safe While I’m Away? How Do I Create an Emergency Plan for My Family? How Can I Make My Home Energy Efficient? What Is a Neighborhood Crime Watch? Do Home Security Systems Deter Crime? Is a DIY Security System Better Than a Professionally Installed One? What Are the Advantages of Installing a Do-It-Yourself Security System? What Happens to My Alarm Monitoring If My Phone Line Is Cut? What Organization Regulates Home Security Companies? Who Does Home Safety Assessments? Are Guard Dogs Effective for Preventing Break-Ins? How Do Home Security Systems Protect Against Fire and Floods? Choosing 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? I Live in a Relatively Nice Neighborhood. Can I Still Benefit from a Home Security System? Why Should I Get a Home Security System? Why Should I Want Video Surveillance? Why Should I Choose a Company With Professional Monitoring Services? Should I Have My System Professionally Installed? What Should I Consider Before Having an Alarm System Installed? Home Security Equipment What Does a Carbon Monoxide Detector Do and How Does it Work? 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? Can I Get a Home Security System Without a Phone Line? What Are Pet Immune Motion Detectors and How Do They Work? What Is a Panic Pendant and How Does it 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? If I Have an Emergency, Who Should I Call First? 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 the Fire Response Work? How Does a Motion Detector Work? How Does the Police Response Work? How Does a Window Sensor Work? Home Security Service Features What Are the Best Features to Include in a Security System? What Is Safewatch Cellguard and How Does it Work? 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 Safety and Maintenance What Do I Do If My House Floods? What Should I Do in the Event of a House Fire? What Is a Home Safety Evaluation and How Do I Do One? What Are Some General Home Safety Tips? What Basic Steps Can I Take to Prevent My House from Being Burgled? What Should I Do If There Is an Intruder? Where Should Home Security Cameras Be Installed? Where Should I Install Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms? Where Should I Install CO Monitors?