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Home security alarm systems run the gamut from very basic to quite complex.  Like with any significant purchase, having an understanding of the market and available products before you buy can increase your satisfaction while limiting losses, which is exactly what you want a home security system to do for you in the first place!

You will want to consider:

1. The type of system (wireless, hard-wired or DIY);

2. The type of monitoring services (intrusion, fireenvironmental, personal/ medical emergency); and

3. Advanced features (video surveillance, redundant monitoring, automation, and enhanced access control).

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