On average, there are more than 3 million burglaries in the U.S. per year. With this known fact, its not doubt that by ensuring your home is secure, you can prevent nine out of 10 break-ins, especially when installing a home security system. However, there are several things you need to consider before deciding on your new security system.

Hire an established security company. Not all security system businesses are trustworthy, which may leave you a victim of unethical business practices. From installing faulty systems, to offering contracts based on false promises, to misrepresented fees, these should make homeowners practice caution when purchasing new security systems.

Consult with your insurance agent. Due to the risk you can face when shopping for security systems, it a good idea to seek the help of your insurance agent, whom can give you recommendations on who to trust.

Check on discounts. Security systems do not automatically qualify you for a homeowner’s insurance discount. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance agent on available discounts, especially before choosing your security system. Not only will your agent be able to better advise you about the types of systems that are eligible for a discount, but they can and explain the discount to you as well.

Put in place other security measures. Little do homeowners know, but light and noise are perhaps more deterring than security systems. Other protective measures including dead bolt locks, window well grates, and security lighting are good security options.

If you have any questions or need help securing your home and belongings, contact Brazelton Insurance Group today!