Reasons to get a home security system

3 Reasons You Need a Home Security System

January 4, 2021 by

When it comes to protecting your family and valuables, it’s best to be proactive rather than reactive. Getting a home security system in Toronto should be considered a standard in every household. Yet, many people fail to see the need for one until they have been victimized. You may never know that your home is a potential target for burglary until you spot some intruders lurking around during the day or night, and only turning away once they spot the cameras or notice movement. It’s even more scary when you return home from a vacation or night out to encounter an intruder or the aftermath of a burglary.

Suppose you’re considering whether it’s necessary to invest in a home security system, or which security equipment and services will give you the best protection. In that case, these factors may help you arrive at an informed decision:

1. Your home is at risk!

The most recent data indicates that there were 161,291 burglaries in Canada in 2019. This shows that hundreds of homes are broken into every day, putting your loved ones and possessions at risk. These break-ins typically occur through forced entry, via a window, door, and other entries into the house. The rise in residential break-ins is associated with an increase in drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, and gang activity in the communities. To minimize your risk, law enforcement encourages households to install a home alarm to deter burglary attempts. Even homes with good locking mechanisms are prone to break-ins if there’s no system to alert the authorities of intrusions to, at least, minimize the losses.

The right home security system can give you peace of mind by:

  • Protecting your family. This is the most common reason why households install alarm systems. Knowing that your loved ones are safe and secure from home invasions provides peace of mind.
  • Protecting your home when you’re away. If there’s no one home during the day, then installing an alarm system can help to keep burglars away, or notify you and your monitoring service in the event of a break-in. With 24-hour monitoring, you can even enjoy long holidays since your monitoring service will handle any emergencies when you’re away.
  • Fire protection. With smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, you can have peace of mind that your fire alarm will alert anyone in your home, as well as the monitoring station, so they can notify the right authorities to minimize losses.
  • Protecting the elderly. Many alarm systems today come with a panic button that works even when the alarm is turned off. This is particularly useful for seniors or sick family members who live independently or are left alone for a few hours a day so that they can call for help in case of an emergency without any hassle.

2. Home security systems are effective

Security cameras are the most visible part of any home security system, making them a great deterrent for criminal activity. Most of the homes that report break-ins usually don’t have a security system in place. On the other hand, the mere presence of a sign indicating that your property is under video surveillance (or the actual visibility of one or more cameras) is enough to prevent many burglars from advancing with their plans.

Even if the criminals continue to break into your home, your alarm system will be activated when a door or window is damaged, triggering motion sensors or even smoke detectors if they start a fire. This could scare the intruders and cause them to flee immediately or after causing a little damage, minimizing losses. If you have a security monitoring service, they will be alerted immediately of the intrusion or fire for quick response to minimize the damage. In the event that you’re not subscribed to a security monitoring service, you can receive alerts on your smartphone for any events that trigger your home alarm system. But without alarm monitoring service you will have to notify the authorities yourself – which may not be possible if you don’t see the notification right away because you are busy or travelling.

Moreover, with a video surveillance system, the cameras will capture footage of the intruders that can be reviewed to assist in investigations, arrests, and prosecution of the perpetrators.

3. A home security system is not too costly

One of the main reasons why people hesitate to get a security system is their limited budget. However, a security system typically costs between $100 and $1,000, depending on your choice of equipment. If you subscribe to a security monitoring service, then you may be required to pay a monthly fee of about $40, which translates to $480 per year or $1440 for three years. You may also spend a little more if you hire a professional to install your security system. However, you can recoup some of the cost with lower premiums since a security system can help lower your homeowner’s insurance.

Moreover, it’s easy to upgrade your security system, so you can start with the features that you feel are the most essential to your home and family’s safety. Common considerations include:

  • Monitored or unmonitored home security system. At a monthly fee of about $40, you can have professional monitoring services watching over your home round the clock. In the event of an emergency, they will call you to confirm the incident and then promptly alert the emergency services on your behalf.
  • Choice of equipment. Most of the cost of getting a home security system goes towards purchasing the equipment, which may include indoor and outdoor security cameras, motion sensors, CO2 detectors, doorbell cameras, and so on. You can get a discount from your provider or lease the equipment if that option is available. If you plan on gradually adding more equipment over time, make sure to purchase a suitable control panel or hub that can accommodate all the equipment when it’s completed.
  • Wired or wireless home security system. Wireless security systems are more convenient and easier to install compared to wired systems that require a lot more labour which comes at a higher cost.
  • Smart home automation. You can choose to pay more for smart home automation, which will allow you to connect smart locks, smart lights, and other smart features to your security system, and even create routines that perform multiple functions at the touch of a button. For instance, activating the alarm could also lock all the doors, turn the lights off, and turn down the thermostat temperature simultaneously.

Final Note

Though getting a security system can be a considerable expense for many households, especially the initial cost of purchasing the equipment and installing the system, the investment is still worth it to protect your home, your loved ones, and your valuables. Moreover, you won’t have to incur the cost of replacing stolen property or medical bills from the injuries or emotional trauma from a break-in.

The peace of mind and convenience of integrating your security system with your lights, smart locks, thermostat, and other features in a smart home is also worth the investment. For more information, please contact Canadian Security Professionals.

Leave a Comment






"Products seemed well-made and service was excellent; during the install, the technician was knowledgeable and professional. The install itself was straight forward and not intrusive aesthetically. I..."

Ali Al-Hashimi.

"Great feeling to have made right choice selecting Canadian Security Professional for Remote (smartphone) activated Alarm/Monitoring package. I highly recommend. "

Anil Kaul.

"Super helpful friendly team at CSP. Outstanding tech support. Would definitely recommend as a security company and a company that can help sort out all that is new in smart home technology. Not being..."

Kathy Shaw.

"I wish there was a 10 star button. From the first interaction until the final installation, it was an amazing experience. Not only my equipment was set up professionally but the service was..."

Ammar Albaqali.

"Excellent Staff to deal with. Very thorough about everything they install. Very friendly customer service. We were happy that they were a few minutes early to do the installation. They cleaned up..."

Giuseppe Battaglia.

"We had an alarm setup in our commercial office space by CSP. The amazing service started with Adam, who helped us understand what we needed. From there, the installer showed up on time, installed all..."

Tom Yawney.

"Very friendly conversation and nice work done by Tamim in setting up the home security installation. Also would like to thank Chelsee for all coordination and smooth installation. Thank you. "

Asha Topagi.

"Great company from sales to install . Fast install and friendly knowledgeable installers . Helped with setup and made everything easy to understand. Very nice system with cameras . Will recommend to..."

Craig Kawucha.

"We were so pleased when we contacted Canadian Service Professionals. Heather was prompt and very helpful in answering all of our questions. Our service technician, Tamim, was wonderful. He installed..."

Aravinth S.

"Choosing the right alarm company is a daunting task but right from the onset Heather was informative and unbelievably helpful. Heather helped me with my choices, advised and made sure that my alarm..."

Linda Kasprzak.

"Chelsee was so efficient and pleased to help me get the right system for my house. I wanted it installed as quickly as possible after we had a break in. It was installed the next day! Tim showed up..."

Amy Hoo.

"Very quick job, next day installation, good communication with sales person Eric. Next day Tamim showed up in our house and did a quick, professional and clean job with clear explanation and..."

Natalie M.

"Could not be happier with our new alarm system. It is user friendly and was easily adapted to suit our needs. Our Technician (Rabah) went above and beyond to ensure that our system was installed..."

Barry Snider.

"I’m very happy with the service CSP has provided, the discussion I had by email, before the installation of the system, was really helpful for finding what would be the best and the most efficient..."

Loïc W.

"Tamim came extra early to accommodate my doctor’s appointment that day. Unfortunately, some of my other installations were running late (cable, HVAC), Tamim stayed later than he was supposed to..."

Nicole.

"Canadian Security Professionals is a wonderful company to deal with. The team was very knowledgeable and educated me about the product and I felt more comfortable to use the alarm system. It is..."

Angela.

"We’re so glad we did our research and selected CSP! Incredible service from initial to the installation. Both representatives were professional, patient and educated us on how the products..."

Angeline Shawn.

"I would highly recommend CSP. The entire process was very easy and headache free. "

Francisco Peria.

"Excellent service from original contact, who immediately responded to my queries, to providing a quote based on my needs, and the professional installer. System is everything I wanted and then some...."

Luke Desimone.

"Had good communication with the sales person. He explained everything in detail. There was no hidden charges. Everything was straight forward. And the technician was super helpful, professional and..."

Ajay Mathews.

"Installer’s work was exceptionally neat and clean. I’m looking forward to having him install my security system at our cottage as well. The sales person was excellent. I will be pleased and..."

Phil Wiseman.

"Excellent experience! Thorough, professional and patient technician.. Thank you very much. We won’t hesitate to recommend you. "

Jason McMaster.

"I just switched from a well-know security firm to Canadian Security Professionals. The change over was done exceedingly well, the installation was quick and professional and service has been great...."

Eric.

"CSP has exceeded my expectations in both customer service and system quality. The pre sales interactions were handled very professionally and with a keen interest in helping me obtain a security..."

Adam H.

"Just wanted to say thanks for coordinating the install and just say that the installer did an excellent job and I would recommend your service. The installer was very patient and did everything to..."

Aldo.

"From the inital phone call consulation with Jennifer M., she was very knowledgeable and professional. I even had my spouse speak with her in order to help us make this important decision somewhat..."

Bob & Shauna.

"I want to say Thank You for all of your patience, and help. I downloaded the manual for my Simon XT Security System.. Everything is working perfectly. I went to previous employer today (I am retired)..."

From Jan and Bob.

"The installation was great, Equipment seems to be perfect, Your self and the installer was very Professional, courteous and a Pleasure to have met. I could not say enough about the Installer, I can..."

Skye’s Fashion Jewelry.

"I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how pleased I am with the excellent customer service I recently received from your technician Tamim. I wanted you to know that his patience, courtesy..."

Catherine N.

"Hi Jennifer, Great experience ! Rabah was absolutely amazing , very pleasant , friendly and fast. Explained everything very well to me and my hubby. We are very impressed with your outstanding..."

Renata.

"Just a quick note to commend Rabah who installed our alarm on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. We are very pleased with his installation. He accommodated us, choosing the best possible location for the unit,..."

Joesph & Dee.

"Just had my alarm system set up today, and the gentleman that set it up was absolutely amazing. So kind and professional, my husband and I were truly blown away by the customer service we received..."

Kristina Kamber.

"I recently had a system installed at my house. So far, the system appears to be working great, easy to use and is a real peace of mind. I hope it continues this way. I would like to comment on the..."

Pierre Jean.

"The alarm system is all that I expected. The installation guy was polite and helpful. Thanks again for your help. I’m confident that I made the right choice in going with your company. "

Ed Doherty.

"I want to recommend the Protectron Alarm System to all my friends and family. I have a 3 year old granddaughter, who can now open all of my doors and patio door as well. Your voice activated sensors..."

Mary Speck.

"We are very excited about making the switch. I really like the idea that the home will not only be monitored for burglars but also for fire and the fact that we will finally have a keypad (so my..."

Susie.

"As we were looking into purchasing a home security system, we got in touch with Jennifer Morgan. Throughout the entire process, Jennifer was extremely helpful and went above and beyond our..."

Rob and Sherry P.

"You will be delighted to know that both Tamim and I exchanged good words about you. We both agreed your enthusiasm and ability to compromise wins business. For example, I was dealing with 3 other..."

Raymond.

"Thank you for all the help with our alarm system quote helping us grasp the vital distinctions between the various models and monitoring services available. The installation team you sent were..."

Cliff.

"On the night of August 3rd, we were victims of a hold-up.Thanks to the rapid intervention of the Protectron monitoring station employees, the police arrested the perpetrator. We sincerely applaud the..."

Patrick Gosselin, Libre Service Esso Montreal.

"Our employees’ and business security is very close to our heart! We continue to use Protectron for their professionalism, excellent service and their technological expertise! "

Pierre Crispin, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa.

"Protectron has provided the Queensway-Carleton Hospital with exceptional sales and service for our Security and Access Control systems. They are committed to customer satisfaction and they have..."

Mike Epp Manager, Security and Emergency Response Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Ottawa.

911 Golf Links Road #114, Ancaster, ON L9K 1H9

1-877-494-9911

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EST) and Saturday: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)