What Families Need to Look for in a Security System

Top10.com Staff
Protect your family with a home security system
There are over 2,000,000 reported burglaries every year in the US, and a large portion of homes are occupied by families. Home security considerations for a family with children may be very different than those of people living alone or without kids. Here are some security features that every family should have in their home.

Features Especially for Families

Intruder Detection

The fear of intruders is the one thing that most people associate with a home alarm system; they picture a device that will alert the homeowner to a break-in and that tells the intruder that they have been detected. That is not all that a home security system can protect your family from. They can alert the authorities as well. 

Other important features include a keypad to make arming and disarming the system easy, and motion detectors so that the movement of an intruder can trigger the alarm. Some systems may also include closed circuit TV and panic buttons.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is often overlooked, which is why advanced home security systems include carbon monoxide detection among their features. According to the US Fire Administration, more than 150 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning unrelated to fires. The gas is called a "silent killer" because it is odorless and virtually impossible to detect without the right technology.

Smoke Detection

House fires kill 7 people every day in the US. It is a danger that all homeowners should take into account when planning for their family's security. Smoke detectors are one of the best tools for early fire detection; in fact, most fire deaths occur in homes that do not have devices for smoke detection.



With children and pets in the house make sure that the motion detectors are not overly-sensitive to motion. You don’t want the alarm going off every time your 3 year old gets up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break.


The interface should also be easy to navigate regardless of the user's age or technological experience. The ideal home security system will also be one that can be customized to the family's lifestyle - such as considering whether or not to automate the alarm settings or make it manual. It is important that all members of the household be taught how to properly use the security system in order to prevent false alarms and set it properly every time.

Overall, the best kind of home security system for a family is the kind that provides effective protection from predictable threats. In order to make the right choice, a homeowner should get educated on the various home security companies and their features and determine which system works best for their family and budget.

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