It’s not hard to see why New Jersey was recently ranked the 5th happiest state in the country—living in the Garden State means being surrounded by natural beauty, diversity, and excellent education and job opportunities.
If you live in New Jersey, a smart home security system will help keep your home safe while also giving you the convenience of a connected smart home.
From choosing the best devices to finding a reputable home security company, this guide will help you find the perfect security system for your New Jersey home.
Home security systems for New Jersey residents
When it comes to home security systems, there are hundreds of different devices designed to help keep your home safe. The devices and functionality you get depends on your security needs and budget.
While you may not need or want all the bells and whistles, your system should have the basics. A good home security system should have the following components:
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Security sensors are tiny sensors that trigger the burglar alarm in your house if someone tries to enter your home. These sensors include:
Door and window sensors are usually placed on doors and windows throughout the first floor. If a door or window is opened when the system is armed, it will sound the alarm.
Motion sensors trip the alarm if someone walks in front of the sensor’s line of sight.
Glass break sensors add an extra level of protection by sounding an alarm if glass is broken. They can be placed on windows or glass doors.
When a security sensor goes off, the professional monitoring center is also contacted.
In addition to protection from burglars, your security solution should also include safety alarms. These are essential alarms that protect your home and family from various threats. They include:
Fire alarms. In New Jersey, all residences must have working smoke detectors on each level of the home and outside all bedrooms and sleeping areas.
Carbon monoxide. Deadly carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, making a CO detector the only way to know if the gas is present in your home.
Water sensors. While they may not save your life like a fire alarm or carbon monoxide detector, water sensors can alert you to moisture in your home near areas that are prone to leaks. This helps ensure leaks from appliances or pipes don’t go unnoticed.
Emergency pendant. These small devices are worn around the neck or wrist and provide instant access to the monitoring center, making them ideal for elderly family members.
Most home surveillance systems today also include camera systems that keep an eye on your home, both inside and out.
Security cameras to consider for your home include:
Doorbell cameras feature 2-way talk and one-way video and let you answer your door remotely. Some video doorbells, like the Doorbell Camera Pro, also have advanced features that protect your packages as well.
Outdoor cameras keep an eye on your property as well as areas that may need extra surveillance, like swimming pools. The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro also has features that proactively identify and discourage lurkers on your property.
Indoor cameras let you keep an eye on your kids, pets, or specific areas of your home.
Your home security system will also need to be monitored. This can be done professionally via a professional monitoring center for an additional fee, or you can DIY your monitoring.
Professionally monitored home security systems have a number of advantages. If an alarm in your home goes off and you aren’t home or are unable to respond, the monitoring center will contact emergency services on your behalf. With a self-monitored system, on the other hand, the responsibility lies on you to verify there is an emergency and then call for help. If you aren’t home or are injured, this can delay a timely response.
As you shop for a home security system, look for home security companies that offer professional monitoring as well. Many insurance companies will also provide a discount on your homeowners insurance if you have professionally-monitored security services.
Home automation For New Jerseyites
Many security systems also include smart home automation. Home automation allows you to automate many of the systems and devices around your home, such as heating/ and cooling or lighting. It also lets you monitor and control your home remotely via a smart home app.
Not only does this make your home more comfortable and convenient for you and your family, but it also enhances the safety of your home. For example, you can use lock your front door with an app, or you can set you security lights to turn on automatically.
Some of the best and most useful smart home devices for your home include:
Smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature in your home to your preference, helping you save money. You can also adjust your temperature from your phone.
Smart locks use a code instead of a key, eliminating the need for physical keys you need to make copies of or hide. You can also create unique codes for family members or lock or unlock your house from your phone.
Garage door control notifies you if your garage door is open, and you can close it from your phone wherever you are.
Smart lighting lets you turn lights on and off with your phone, create specific room groups (like kitchen or downstairs lights), and automate your lighting. You can even set your lights to turn on or off after a specific action, like unlocking your front door or setting your alarm.
Smart home control
One of the best things about a smart home is the ability to control your home while you’re at home as well as remotely.
Your home security system should include a central hub that lets you manage your smart home and security system from a single location, like the Vivint Smart Hub. While you’re away, you’ll need a smart home app that allows you to control all your smart home devices. With the Vivint app, for example, you can view security camera footage, access control systems like your door locks or garage door control, and manage lighting and temperature.
The biggest city in New Jersey, it’s also close to major cities like New York City, giving residents easy access to plenty of employment opportunities, arts and entertainment, and culture. If you live here, a security system in Newark will help protect your home while you’re enjoying all your city has to offer.
South of Newark in Elizabeth and north in Paterson, the crime rates are higher than in the surrounding areas—you have a 1 in 37 chance of being a victim of a property crime, making a security system in Elizabeth as well as Paterson a must-have.
Lakewood and Vineland
Even though they’re in different parts of the state, residents in Lakewood and Vineland say the same things about their city—they like the suburban feel, the close proximity to major cities and job opportunities, and the family-friendly environment.
Why you need a Vivint system for your New Jersey home
Once you know you want a security system, it’s time to start looking for home security companies. While there are plenty of choices when it comes to security providers, Vivint makes that choice easy.
In addition to some of the best smart home devices on the market, Vivint also includes a number of services that make them the best home security system:
Professional installation, so there’s no need to DIY—you can leave it to the pros. Our experienced Smart Home Pros not only install your system, but show you how to use it so you can get the most out of it.
A customer service team that’s ready and waiting to answer your calls and questions, as well as a library of resources that will help you learn more about your smart home devices.
Professional monitoring around the clock with an average response time of less than 10 seconds. This provides peace of mind that your home will be protected whether you’re home or away.
A smart home security system from Vivint will help make your New Jersey home a safer, more comfortable place for your entire family.
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