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Feeling secure at home is a priority for many people, and installing security systems at home is a way to improve one’s sense of well-being. Whether individuals own or rent, they may be surprised to learn that do-it-yourself security systems can be savvy investments. The right system can help people protect their belongings and their families, but sorting through the various security systems on the market can be a daunting task. While full-service setups that include professional installation and monitoring are available, some homeowners may want to investigate the highly customizable DIY kits now offered. Some include personal monitoring, while others are self-install technologies with professional monitoring. Before getting started, homeowners and renters can ask themselves a few questions to help narrow down their options:

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Security cameras - It can take mere minutes to set up wireless security cameras around the house. These devices connect to a Wi-Fi network and give customers free access to a constant stream of video. Some systems make it easy for homeowners to listen in on what's going on at home and even talk to anyone within the camera's range. Others can be paired with cloud storage for recording video. Professional monitoring - Residents who are away from home frequently or are too busy to constantly monitor security systems may like the peace of mind of professionally monitored kits. There are a variety of services that offer affordable starter kits and video monitoring. Monitored alarm systems can be set to call the police or other emergency services if necessary. Entry-level or advanced systems - Entry-level systems typically include a few door and window sensors, a motion detector, and a hub that communicates with these sensors. This may be enough for someone in an apartment or small house. More extensive systems may include additional sensors, door locks, garage door openers, surveillance cameras, lights, sirens, and even water and smoke detectors.

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