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Monitored Security vs. Surveillance: What’s the Difference?

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Two Ways You Can Protect Your Home

Whether you’re worried about porch pirates swiping your Amazon packages or an intruder creeping into the house while you’re away, an automated security system can grant you much-needed peace of mind. But if you’ve done any research on home security, you may have come across two terms: ‘monitored security’ and ‘surveillance.’ Is there a difference?

Many people use ‘monitored security system’ and ‘surveillance system’ interchangeably, but there are slight differences in the meanings. And before an installation, you want to make sure you’re getting the exact protection you desire. So, read on to understand how each system can help your Des Moines, IA home stay safe. 

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What Is Your Smart Home Control Level?

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No Matter Where You Are on the Smart Home Spectrum, It’s Easy to Get Started

Even with all the smart home devices and systems readily available in the market, some folks haven’t jumped in. The reality is that some people are very comfortable with new technology, some love the novelty of doing something differently, and some – often called late adopters – only jump on the bandwagon when the benefits and costs are crystal clear.

There is a whole spectrum of where people are concerning smart technology. The penetration rate of smartphones in the U.S. is currently about 70%, and that is one measure of smart technology as it is the gateway to much of it. But while some may have a smart thermostat like Nest, they may not think they need anything else in that vein. Likewise, another person might have a video doorbell to add security but have little interest in other smart home devices.

Where are you on the smart home control spectrum in your Des Moines IA residence? Let’s explore it in more detail.

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What to Know about Home Security and Surveillance

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How to Decide What You Need

How do you know you need a surveillance system? You may have many reasons, and ultimately, the decision is about being is about staying on top of any situation that may arise at your home and protecting your family and property. 

Some questions you may want to ask as you consider a home security and surveillance system for your Cedar Rapids property:

  1. 1. Do I need to keep track of when my kids get home from school?

  1. 2. Do I have an elderly relative that I may want to check in on throughout the day?

  1. 3. Do I have a pet that I want to ensure is not getting into trouble at home?

  1. 4. Do I feel safe with the large dark areas of my property at night?

  1. 5. Do I need to keep an eye on all the outside entries to my house? 

  1. 6. Do I want to see who is at my gate before I let them in?

There are more considerations you may have, and maybe they are particular to your family or property. But if a number of these are concerns, then you should look into a surveillance system to enhance your home’s security. Read on to learn what to look for. 

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