In West Virginia, the rate of property theft has risen to a point where there are now an average of over 5,000 burglaries in a year. This means that your chance of becoming a victim of property theft is 1 in 63. Being a victim of a property crime can leave you feeling violated and insecure, but one of the best ways to protect your home and loved ones from such crime is to install a home security system.  

With a number of choices for security systems in Morgantown and the rest of the state, identifying the right security system for your home can be a challenge. Here are some of the best practices to use for choosing a home security system in West Virginia that will cater to your needs and provide the right kind of protection.  

Connection Type

It is important to decide beforehand what type of connection you prefer for your home security. There are three main types of connection types that a home security system in West Virginia offer; WiFi, cellular, or landline. Depending on your system provider you can use one, two, or a combination of these types. We recommend getting a cellular connection because it is safer if your phone lines or wires become compromised. 

Features Offered

Home security systems have seen many technological advancements over the past decade. With continual research and enhancements, there are more new and exciting features offered by security system suppliers than ever before. This is why you should look for a system that has features that cater to your particular needs. 

For example, you might require video surveillance so you will feel more secure leaving your teenage children unattended while you are away. If you want to protect your home from intruders, you may want to install a combination of sensors. To protect your home from fires, having fire alarms with carbon monoxide sensors would be helpful. 

If you aren’t sure exactly what you need or what’s available, feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation and we’ll help you determine the appropriate system for your home.

Security System Size

Another best practice to follow when searching for the best home security system in West Virginia is to understand what size system you will need. Generally, you would need a smaller security system for an apartment than you would for a 2,000 square foot single family house. The right security system provider will be able to customize the security system according to your specific needs and your home, so be sure to discuss any unique features or circumstances with the security system provider you choose.  


It might be tempting to get a cheap or “free” home security system, but we recommend that you first look at the features and determine the quality of the systems before choosing based on price. While there are excellent affordable options available, you shouldn’t compromise on security and safety when looking for the right security system for your home—what might seem like a “great deal” today could cost you much more in the long run. 

Some companies offer “free systems” with a monthly agreement, but beware that these are not really free. In most cases such as these, you never actually own the equipment in your home, and the companies can raise the monitoring rates whenever they choose. It’s much better to purchase a good security system at a reasonable cost and actually own the components. 

Morgantown Security & Fire offers competitive prices on security systems and great monitoring rates, and if for some reason you ever want to change monitoring companies, it will be easy to do since you actually own your equipment.

The Bottom Line

To find the right security system for your home, it is best if you start with determining the security needs of your home and those who live in it. We recommend speaking to an experienced, professional security system provider like Morgantown Security & Fire. We offer security systems that range from simple intrusion detection to state-of-the-art IP camera/NVR (Network Video Recording) technology and remote access. All of our systems have the ability to be integrated with each other so you have a seamless user experience, and our local service is available 24-7-365 to make sure you are protected at all times. 

Contact us today to discuss your needs with a free, no-obligation consultation—we look forward to hearing from you!