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It's often fear the unknown, what you overheard at the grocery store or what you read somewhere that keeps you from acting sometimes.  Other times it can be just plain myths.  In either case, education typically clears things up and provides much needed confidence to make the right decision.

So we've provided a few security myths and attempted to clear them up for you below.  We hope it helps if you're in the market for a security system. 

Pictured above is Napco Gemini keypad for your security system

Myth #1: I don't need to invest in a security system to keep burglars away when I already have a loud, and some would say, annoying dog. 

Bottom line:  Dogs don't always stop burglars.  Thieves can entice them with treats.  Also, neighbors hear dogs bark all the time and drown them out.  And even though it's sensitive matter, thieves could harm our pets to keep them quiet if it means getting what they want.

Myth #2: Speaking of pets, even if i did have a system, my dog or cat would set off the motion detectors, so I couldn't have a alarm anyway.

Manufacturers of PIR (passive infrared) motion detectors have made those that don't pick up the motion of pets that weigh up to a certain amount.  Please check with your security integrator to see if your pet fits under this threshold.

Myth# 3: I'll leave my lights on to make it appear as if I'm home. 

We've written about this topic before.  Thieves are all over this one, but there are easy solutions.  Two common solutions are installing motion detector lights on the exterior and using timer lights on the interior.

Myth #4: I need an expensive and elaborate alarm to really keep burglars away.

When it comes down to it, security systems are not expensive compared to cost and emotional distress of a break in.  Besides, in many cases, you'll get a discount on your homeowner's insurance policy.

With so much competition out there today and so many different types of systems, you're sure to find an appropriately priced system and contract.

The best advice we can give before you enter into a contract is to ask many questions like are you going to own the equipment, how long is the contract and how much does the monthly monitoring cost.  These, and other questions to ask are listed on a previous blog post we've written.

Myth #5: I live in a "nice" community.

Exactly!  And you can bet many of your neighbors have systems, which makes you that much MORE susceptible.  Although some criminals will break into homes with systems, they will certainly move on to the next one if they know it doesn't have a security system--why have that one be yours?

Myth #6: An alarm system requires a long term commitment.

Although we touched on this briefly above, not all companies are the same.  We at One Source Security for instance do not require you to be stuck into long term contracts when you purchase a security system.  As we advised, it is best to ask this question of several providers.

Myth #7: I don't have valuables worth stealing.

Security (and fire) systems don't only include devices that protect against things such as theft.  You also need to be on guard against carbon monoxide, fire, and other environmental hazards including frozen pipes, flooding basements and more.

Thanks for spending some time with us today.  We hope you're a little better informed to be able to purchase a security system.

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