It may be one of the smallest states in the USA, but Delaware is no state to skip over. Aptly nicknamed “The First State” for being the first state to ratify the Constitution, Delaware is full of historical landmarks, beautiful beaches, and plenty of benefits for its residents, including affordability and no state or sales tax.
It’s no wonder, then, that Delaware is one of the top 10 fastest-growing states in the country. Whether you’re considering moving to or retiring in Delaware or you’ve lived there your whole life, a security system will help you keep your home in Delaware safe and sound.
This guide will help you choose the best security system in Delaware, including what to look for, which devices you need, and which home security companies you can trust.
Home security systems for Delaware residents
Security systems include a wide range of devices and sensors that vary in price and functionality. It can be daunting to decide what you do and don’t really need, depending on your home and your security needs.
At minimum, a smart home security system should include basic components that alert you to unauthorized entry as well as environmental threats like fires or flooding.
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One of the main functions of a security system is to sound a security alarm when the system is set. The alarm not only alerts the homeowner and monitoring center to a potential intruder, but it also serves as a deterrent to burglars.
Your system will need security sensors that alert to break-ins when the system is armed. The most common and effective security sensors include:
Door and window sensors that are activated when a door or window is opened while the alarm is set.
Glass break sensors for windows. The sensor measures the decibel level of the sound of breaking glass, which then triggers the alarm.
Motion sensors can sense motion in a defined area. If the alarm system is set and someone comes within the motion detector’s range, it will also activate your alarm.
Equipping your home to a variety of safety sensors provides comprehensive protection to your home, making it difficult for any intruder to get in without triggering an alarm.
In addition to security sensors, safety alarms alert you to environmental dangers that could be deadly or cause expensive repairs if left unchecked.
Carbon monoxide sensors. Because carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, carbon monoxide detectors are the only way to know if your home has unsafe levels of this deadly gas.
Water sensors. These small devices are placed by appliances prone to leaks, such as dishwashers or water heaters, and alert you to the presence of moisture so you can take action before the leak causes expensive damage.
Emergency pendant. These smart devices can be worn around the neck or wrist and have a button that provides one-touch access to the monitoring center if there’s an emergency. They are particularly useful for the elderly or those with medical conditions.
Many people also choose to install surveillance cameras inside and outside their homes. Security camera systems provide an extra set of eyes around your property, allowing you to see what’s going on in and outside your home at any given time.
There are different types of security cameras that have different functionality based on where you place them. Types of cameras you might need for your home include:
Video doorbells, also known as doorbell cameras, send you a notification if someone is at your door or on your front porch. One-way video and two-way voice means you can also answer the door right from your phone without opening the door, whether you’re at home or away.
Outdoor cameras provide video surveillance outside, so you can check your yard, shed, or pool area at any time. More advanced cameras, like the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, even proactively prevent crime by identifying lurkers on your property, then playing a sound and illuminating an LED ring to deter them.
Indoor cameras can be put in any room in the home, so you can check on kids, pets, or specific areas of the house. For business security, they also help provide inventory or access control to sensitive areas.
Depending on your camera and your home security company, you’ll likely also need cloud storage for your footage, especially if you have multiple cameras or want to access your footage at a later date. Vivint’s Smart Drive, for example, lets you store 30 days of 24/7 recording.
Professional security monitoring
When it comes to monitoring your alarm system, you can either go the DIY route or use professionally monitoring services.
If you DIY your security system, you as the homeowner are responsible for contacting the appropriate emergency responders for help. If you’re not home when an alarm is tripped, or if you’re busy getting yourself or your family to safety, it could delay getting the help you need.
With professional security monitoring, your security system is monitored around the clock by a professional company. If an alarm goes off, the monitoring center will contact you to see if you need help. If you do, or they’re unable to reach you, they will automatically contact emergency services on your behalf. This provides peace of mind that your home is being protected around the clock, no matter where you are.
Home automation any Delaware resident can use
Many wireless security systems also include smart home automation. Home automation lets you automate or remotely control various devices and systems in your home. Smart home devices make it easy to control your home’s lights, temperature, alarm system, and more.
There are many different smart home devices. Some of the best ones for your home include:
Smart thermostat. A smart thermostat learns your temperature preferences, then automatically adjusts the temperature based on your preferences and location. Smart thermostats keep your home comfortable while you’re home and conserves energy while you’re away. This helps you save both energy and money.
Smart lighting. With smart lighting in your home, you can turn lights on and off from your phone, whether you’re in a different room or different state. You can also automate your lighting so it turns on or off after specific triggers, such as arming your security system or locking your front door.
Smart locks provide both convenience and added security. Smart locks use a unique code instead of a physical key. You can also unlock your front door with your phone. Family members or guests can use their own codes to unlock the door (or you can do it, from your smartphone), so you always know who’s coming and going.
Garage door control is another important smart home feature. It alerts you if your garage door is left open, then lets you close it right from your app.
You may already have smart devices in your home. Because not all smart home devices work together, you’ll want to make sure your new system is compatible with your existing devices. A Vivint Smart Home, for example, works with popular devices like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Nest thermostat, so you can easily integrate your devices into your new system.
Wilmington, DE is the state’s largest city, rich in history and home to many historic neighborhoods. It also has a reputation for its high crime rate, and although the city has worked hard to make it a safer place for residents, it still has over double the property crime of the rest of Delaware, and four times the violent crime rate. A security system in Wilmington will help protect your home from break-ins.
Away from the big city is Newark, one of the smaller cities in New Castle County. Despite being surrounded by more urban areas (it’s halfway between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland), it also has 12,000 acres of public parks, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. A security system in Newark will protect your home while you’re exploring.
New Castle County is also home to Middletown, which lies along the Delaware River and just across the border of New Jersey. It’s also close to Baltimore, and many people commute to work. The average commute time is 37 minutes each way. With a security system in Middletown, your home will be safe while you’re coming and going.
Dover, Milford, and Surrounding areas
Dover, the capital city, is also the fastest-growing, thanks to a low cost of living and significant number employers. It’s home to a number of manufacturing plants (did you know Jell-O is made in Dover?) as well as Dover Air Force base. Most people in Dover drive to work, and the average commute is a little over 40 minutes round-trip. With a security system in Dover, your home will be safe while you’re away at work or traveling for business.
Milford is also one of the smaller cities in Delaware, with a population of around 14,000. Despite this, it also has a relatively high crime rate; in fact, you have a 1 in 32 chance of being a victim of a property crime in Milford. You can keep your home safe from intruders with a security system in Milford.
Why you need a Vivint system for your Delaware home
You have options when it comes to your security system. Vivint has one of the best home security systems and has everything you need to make your home a smarter, more comfortable place to live.
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