Home And Housing, Tips

Protecting Your Investment

The Southern design style is warm and relaxing yet, elegant and tasteful, the perfect blend of rustic and sophisticated. The traditional southern home is filled with substantial furniture — the kind that you can lounge on and “set a spell” — and high-end accent pieces in rich woods and sturdy textiles.

A well-appointed southern home will also have high-end appliances and accessories, such as fine bone china dishes, real silver and lead crystal bar sets, and leather accents, to complete the effect.

While all of these elements make the southern home, and southern décor, comfortable and inviting, it also makes it tempting to thieves and burglars.

Protecting Your Investment

It’s a sad fact that crime is a problem all over, and the south is no exception. For example, Atlanta, Georgia experienced approximately 30,144 property crimes in 2010, according to an FBI study published by ADT Atlanta. Of those property crimes, roughly 7,500 of them were burglaries.

If you are the victim of a burglary, homeowner’s insurance will help you replace your property, but it will do nothing to prevent it from happening in the first place.

There are several ways you can protect your home, and gadgets, from thieves. However, one of the best ways to protect your home, and the time, energy and money that you have invested in it, is with a good security system.

Types of Security Systems

There are several types of security systems by a variety of companies; the type of system you choose depends on your needs.

Some systems are only programmed to sound off the event of a break-in. When an intruder enters, the alarm will sound in the house, and will also send a signal to a remote monitoring station. The remote monitoring station will then contact the police to investigate. Some security companies might also have their own staff nearby who could arrive on the scene ahead of the police.

More advanced systems not only protect your home from intruders and burglary, but also from fire and floods. These advanced systems can even go a step farther and protect the inhabitants with sophisticated video surveillance systems, remote entry, and even home automation systems that allow you to control your lights, thermostat, and other home functions.

Some companies also make systems that you can install on a rental property, including apartments and attached condominiums, as long as you have landlord consent.


The cost of a security system varies by manufacturer. Some companies will offer free equipment and installation in exchange for two- or three-year service contract. Other companies might sell you the equipment up front, and allow you to subscribe to their service on a monthly basis.

If you are planning to spend a long time at your home, you might be better off going with the contract option. Whereas, if you are renting you might have better luck with buying a system that you can take with you when you move.

The best way to determine how much it will cost is to schedule an appointment for a consultation with a vendor in your area.