Security on a Budget – How Does It Compare
From upcycling old furniture to bagging a bargain in the January sales, everyone loves saving money. The same is true when it comes to security, with customers keen to get the same level of security at a lower price.
The question is – does it work? In this post, we’ll explore whether budget security measures are worth their weight in gold or just a waste of your time and money.
Ways of cutting your security costs
Broadly speaking, there are three ways people try to cut the amount they spend on security.
1. Cheaper equipment
Firstly, cheaper equipment. In many cases, this means buying a product similar to the one you want, but from a low-end manufacturer. This usually ends in tears as the cheap alternative simply doesn’t work as well and ultimately lets you down.
However, it could also refer to buying a product with fewer bells and whistles. Depending on your requirements, this could be an effective option, as there’s no need to pay extra for features you won’t use.
2. DIY installation
Alternatively, customers might aim to save a bit of money by installing their security equipment themselves. This is almost always a no-go. For one, any installations that need hard-wiring can be highly-dangerous without the right training – risking damage to you and your property.
On top of that, DIY installations can impact the performance of your security equipment. Whether it’s the positioning of cameras or the location of sensors for your intruder alarms, professional installers know exactly how to get the most bang for your buck.
3. Cutting back on security altogether
Going the whole hog, some people will simply cut back on security measures altogether. Having no alarms, cameras or other measures no doubt leaves your property more vulnerable. Unfortunately, it won’t take long before burglars notice this lack of deterrent.
The cost of cheap security
There are some ways to save money on security that don’t put your property or loved ones at risk. Buying a simple product that does exactly what you need without any added extras is one way to avoid unnecessary costs.
However, in most cases, cheap security measures can actually cost you a lot more than you save up front. If a shoddy intruder alarm doesn’t go off when a burglar breaks in, for instance, they’ll have all the time in the world to take what they want, leaving you hugely out of pocket.
The same is true if you damage your property attempting to install your own CCTV cameras. The key problem is that you’ll only find this out when it’s too late, and the costs could be far greater than what you saved in the first place.
Buy quality, don’t buy twice
At Selectron, we don’t believe in false economy security measures that cost you more further down the line. Instead, we’re committed to providing long-lasting quality with state-of-the-art security equipment and expert installation.