I found a home security system that is more than just an alarm that goes off when a door opens. It's actually what I would call home security plus in that you get all the bells and whistles of your standard security system, but you also get a lot more if you want to upgrade the system. I looked into these services because of my elderly parents. They live in a neighborhood that is slowly going over to an unsavory situation and I definitely worried about them getting burglarized or otherwise harmed. Of course they refuse to sell their home.
The next best step was to pay for security. I haven't had a security system for many years now so you can imagine my surprise when I saw what is offered. You can still get the constant monitoring and alarms, but you also can get a lot of add-ons that really provide all around security. For example, they actually can monitor whether your home floods or is on fire, which I think is absolutely marvelous, especially for elderly people. You never know when they'll leave a bathtub running or the stove on. I feel better adding this option to the service.
I had to argue with my parents a bit about having the company come out and set everything up. I think it's because they didn't want to pay for the system. I offered to pay for the best tier and it went over a lot better. The company sent someone out and they had everything set up quite quickly. Turning the alarm off and on is an easy process as well. I can even monitor my parents house through my smartphone while sitting miles away. The peace of mind I've gotten from knowing my parents are safe is well worth the cost of the service.