Our home is our sanctuary, the place where we should feel the most safe. That is why it is so important to protect it.

Over 60% of convicted criminals surveyed said they avoid properties with home security systems and components, so there is no denying that home security systems are an enormous deterrent to theft and burglary.

ADT makes improving your security a simple matter. Now, it’s easier than ever to improve your home security and protect your family. 

What Do You Need Before Installing a Home Security System? 

A home security system uses entry points to monitor and secure your home. 

Whether you want a wired system, with the keypad connecting directly with your landline or a completely wireless solution with home automation, ADT has a security package for almost any budget and lifestyle. Check out our cutting-edge security devices to see all of the cool devices we have to offer!

After deciding what set-up works best, you may also need to check to see if you need to obtain a permit to install a security system at your residence. Many jurisdictions are required to provide this permit to ADT, but you can check with your local police or fire department to see if it is required for your home. 

Just like every family is unique, so is every household. That is why you may benefit from a free in-home consultation with an ADT representative. You can assess your home through a professional’s eyes to see what accessories and services can best protect your family.

How Do Home Security Systems Work?

Your home security system features a unique integration of security components and electronic devices that work together to create a central network of communication. 

To better understand how a security system works, you should know the key components that comprise this system.

8 Key Security Components of a Comprehensive Home Security System

  • Control Panel 

  • Doorway and Window Sensors

  • Motion Detectors

  • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

  • Security Cameras

  • Doorbell Camera

  • Security Alarm Siren

  • Signage

Control Panel 

A control panel works like the command center that operates all system components. This is where you will arm and disarm your sensors and alarms each day. It can work wirelessly and remotely, depending on which system you choose. In times of trouble, it will communicate with one of many ADT alarm monitoring centers where an ADT agent will dispatch emergency services, so there is help on the way, even if you can’t get to a phone. 

The ADT security expert will set up and program your system for you through a touchpad or touchscreen, which makes for a simple installation process. Be sure your control panel is installed in a central location within your home, so you have easy access throughout the day. You may also choose to have more than one keypad installed.

Motion Detectors

Motion sensors monitor a space for movement. When the sensors are armed, an alarm will sound when any movement is detected. These are also pet-proofed for up to 60 pounds so you don’t have to worry about your furry friend setting off a false alarm while you’re away. 

These are great for versatility, as they are popular for both indoor and outdoor use. 

They are especially ideal for multilevel homes that can be hard to monitor, and they are also great to safeguard those lesser-used areas and any valuables that they may contain.

Door and Window Sensors

A home security system uses sensors that are strategically placed at entry points throughout your home, like your windows and doors. 

Entry sensors use a two-part design that places one sensor on your door and another on the doorframe, or one on your window and another on the windowsill. The pair of sensors creates a security circuit, and there is a noticeable break in the circuit if the door or window is opened. In this event, a tamper signal is sent to your control panel, reporting the intrusion.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Some alarm systems also include the option for monitored carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. These risks are no less deadly, however, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that carbon monoxide (CO) is to blame for approximately 430 deaths and 50,000 hospitalizations each year. 

Carbon monoxide detectors may also be required for your home, with Washington, D.C., and 27 states making these life safety devices mandatory in homes.

Security Cameras 

Available in both wired and wireless formats, surveillance cameras are an easy way to keep eyes on your entire property, inside and out. This is especially important if your property has any remote areas, a lot of blind spots, or multiple entry points. 

Today’s technology now makes it possible for you to access your cameras remotely from your phone or tablet. With video monitoring, you’re able to see what’s happening at home, even when you’re not there. 

Doorbell Camera

Video doorbells are also a convenient way to keep an eye on deliveries, communicate with visitors, and remotely view the front of your property, or wherever you choose to have your doorbell camera installed. With these cameras, many homeowners have become neighborhood crime watchers!

Security Alarm Siren

A security alarm has two main functions: to alert and to help protect. In addition to calling for help, the ear-piercing, high-decibel siren will attract attention from neighbors and anyone else nearby who can come to your aid.


Your home security system is also usually complemented by yard signs and window stickers to warn away would-be intruders. When you sign up for service with ADT, you will receive all the signs and stickers you need to safeguard your home.

What Should I Look for in a Home Security System?

There are many options to choose from when it comes to your new home alarm system. Some key features you want to look for in your home security system that we’ll go into further detail include:

  • 24/7 professional alarm monitoring

  • Smart home automation and integration

  • Professional installation

  • Additional protections

24/7 Professional Monitoring 

It’s not enough to have a professional monitoring service if it isn’t available when you need it. ADT offers 24/7 monitoring with all of our pro plans. We also offer a mobile app with most plans that allow Android and iOS users to enjoy easy account management. Some services will also include remote capability, so you can stay connected with your home when you’re away.

Smart Home Automation and Integration

In the digital age, smart home capability is important. ADT offers services that pair with popular smart technology like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Kwikset, and Z-Wave to simplify your life. 

With home automation, you can turn off your smart lights while you're at work and turn up the thermostat during your evening commute. Smart locks offer the ultimate convenience, so you no longer have to worry if you locked the door. There are even smart plugs. 

Professional Installation

Some companies offer DIY models, while others require professional installation that can come at an additional fee. 

Given the many intricacies of a home security system, many homeowners opt to use an experienced and professional installer for added peace of mind.

Additional Protections

ADT sets the standard, offering a six-month money-back guarantee after installation. There is also a theft protection guarantee that contributes up to $500 to your insurance deductible. Visit https://www.adt.com/security-benefits to learn more about these ADT benefits.

Why Is a Home Security System Important?

There is infinite value in a home security system. It helps secure your home to keep your family safe. More specifically, we’ll look at these three benefits:

  • Security inside and out

  • Cameras you can access from virtually anywhere 

  • Protection from natural hazards and events 

Security Inside and Out

We traditionally think of external entry points, but sensors can also be placed within the interior of your home. If you have a lot of high-value collectibles in your home, like art and antiques, you may want to consider adding internal security like motion sensors and indoor cameras to safeguard these assets.

Cameras You Can Access From Virtually Anywhere

A security camera system allows you to keep an extra eye on the homefront while you are at work or traveling. This is especially important for households who employ nannies or other in-home service providers, or who have frequent visitors on the property. Video surveillance can ensure that nothing untoward happens while you are away, and it also allows you to keep an eye on young children, elderly roommates, and wayward pets.

Protection From Natural Hazards and Events

A security system does much more than help protect from intruders and theft. There are other hazards like smoke, fire, and flooding that can cause significant damage to your home and threaten your family’s safety. Carbon monoxide (CO) is another example, known as the silent killer. Its gas is both odorless and colorless, making it nearly impossible to detect unless you have a CO detector. Adding monitored detectors like these could help save both life and property.

How Do I Get a Home Security System From ADT?

When shopping for a new security system, we realize that you have a number of options, but few can match the breadth of services and experience offered by ADT. ADT is America’s #1 smart home security provider, with over 6 million customers and 145 years of experience in keeping families safe. 

Full-service home security monitoring from ADT is a much safer bet, with added protections like round-the-clock monitoring and hundreds of local offices to better serve you. It is far more secure, too.

If you already have an existing security system in your home, you can easily activate your system with a quick call or online request. Requirements may vary from company to company, but ADT can monitor most existing systems or help you upgrade to a newer system with newer features and accessories. 

There is no doubt that a professionally monitored home security system can provide you with peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about how ADT can help you protect what matters most.

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