Home Security: Systems With Cutting-Edge Protection

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As a 33-year-old single woman living near a not-so-safe area in Massachusetts, Heidi said she felt the need for some kind of home security system to protect herself and her belongings. So she did her homework. "I did research online, in magazines, and asked neighbors and family about what security systems they have," she says.

Armed with solid knowledge and a clear-cut desire for a 24/7 live monitoring system that didn't have off-shore support, Heidi narrowed her focus to one home security company. It turned out that most of her neighbors had security systems from that same company, which allowed her to get a first-hand glimpse of the actual setup and how it worked.

With technology permeating every aspect of our lives, it's apparent that it can be used for less-than-wholesome purposes. However, its innovations are also making some of the most convenient and effective professional home-security options available to everyday homeowners. Here's a rundown of some of their features, from the conventional to the cutting edge.