Home security systems are one of the best things you can install to improve your home security. Most would-be burglars, will scout out a house before attempting to break and enter, and a security system will be one of the first things that they look for. However, although you know that a security system is a great deterrent, do you know which one is best for your home? There are lots of different security systems, and we aim to explain the main types to you in this article.

Burglar Alarms

Burglar alarms are perhaps the most common type of home security system, and there are a variety of types available. The two most common are:

  • Bells Only – These make a loud ringing noise when triggered. They are a good deterrent, but only effective if someone hears the alarm and takes action.
  • Notification – When these are triggered, a text message or email is sent to a designated phone number. Other systems will have a speech caller who will try and get hold of the homeowner to notify them of a break in.

Burglar alarms all use different sensors to detect movement and body heat. They can be a powerful deterrent against crime.

Home Security Systems

Monitored Alarms

Monitored alarms work in a similar way to burglar alarms, however when they are triggered, a notice is instantly sent to a security company. ADT home security systems, for example, will result in a trigger notice being sent straight to the company. ADT will then notify the authorities so that they can respond to the problem. This is a much better option for people who are not regularly at home, and may not be able to go to their home the second an alarm is triggered. They do, however, come with a monthly fee, and in most cases will also require you to sign on to a maintenance contract.


If you own your property, it is perfectly legal to have CCTV installed. CCTV systems enable you to position a camera onto your property so that you can video anyone who approaches your house. The basic systems will record this information straight to disc, whilst the more expensive ones will transmit the information straight to a TV set in your home. Just seeing a CCTV camera can be enough to deter a thief, so many people have opted to install dummy CCTV cameras in their homes as well.

Panic Buttons

Finally, if you live in a high crime area, you may also want to have a panic button installed in your home. Whilst these are usually associated with the area, they can also be a good choice for people living in dangerous neighborhoods. You can get intruder activated panic buttons, as well as manual buttons that you need to press. In both cases, the device will contact one of your programmed contacts to let them know what is happening. It will also alert a local security center.

With theft being a common problem, there is no excuse not to have some kind of security system activated in your home.