Security and Alarm Systems: Should you invest your hard-earned money on them?


Everyone values privacy and security nowadays. It would be very unlikely and unacceptable for a corporate building not to have even a simple, decent system of security and alarms. This is true even with small businesses establishments, and residential places of the financially blessed.

With the advent of new technology, burglars and thieves become more skilled and gutsy. The companies who develop security devices and system are also continuously coming up with improvements. These two parties are in a restless pace of outdoing each other. The advances in terms of the technology and skills of both parties result in the increase of the demand, and thus, the prices, of security systems and alarm device.  More high-end security products are showing up in the market. Businesses which cater to the security needs of homes and business establishments are competing with each other by offering impressive security and monitoring systems. They often boast lightning-quick response time, high definition video cameras and sensitive motion detectors, and wireless control and monitoring.

Although security business also compete with each other by lowering the prices of their security kits and services fact still remains that these security devices and services don’t come cheap.  Business establishments and corporate offices still feel the significant weight of their security expenses.  Small businesses are even hesitant to spend on security devices or subscribe to security services.  Residential houses which are protected by a system of security and alarms are often only seen in the neighbourhoods and communities of the rich and famous. So the question remains for people belonging to the middle or lower economic classes, should or should they not spend on securing and protecting their properties?  This is quite a dilemma since people who are not financially well-off have different priorities than those who are well-off. Their priority is more of surviving each days as it comes, than making sure their future shows good life. They might decide against investing on securing their properties and personal safety for the reason that they simply are not worth that much anyway.  Moreover, they might not even get to use these security devices anyway. So why spend on something that might not be used even for once?

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However, if you have a small property and you decide not to protect it, then calamities or thieves come to destroy or take it away, what is then left of you? This is the other side of the dilemma.  Calamities like fire don’t discriminate between rich and poor, thieves and burglars are becoming more desperate that they use their skills to rob not only business establishments or rich neighbourhood but also middle class communities.  The safety of your properties and your own personal safety as well as that of your family goes hand-in-hand.  Simple robbery can become a much worse crime which takes precious lives. It is a well-known fact that thieves are more attracted to properties or areas which doesn’t even have a decent security and alarm system.  This is reasonable since you won’t expect a thief to be willing to spend minutes or hours disarming a good security system.

To resolve this dilemmas on property security and home safety, you should rethink your priorities. What is it that you value more? Could forsaking one little thing means forsaking everything? Remember that old saying, “You cannot put a price on safety”, and “Regrets are always at the end”?

It is only wise to spend on securing your properties. You don’t need to be lavish about it. If you are simple person with simple properties, then go for an affordable but effective security and alarm systems.  You can compare the quality and prices of security devices or services from three or more vendors.  You can also ask advice from the police or security department in regard to what kind of system and devices fit best with your property and community. Security and safety doesn’t come free nowadays, but it is definitely worth investing on.