Burglar alarm systems are becoming a staple in American households and it's easy to see why. They help keep homes safe from unwanted intruders and restore all important feelings of safety. While you cannot protect yourself or your children from everything, you can help put their minds at ease by purchasing a burglar system as soon as possible. There are many different local burglar alarm system providers. Some of the largest alarm system companies include ADT, GE, Brinks, DSC, Visonic, Honeywell, ITI, and Linear. These systems are available at many local retail outlets. Home improvement stores such as Lowes, Osh, and the Home Depot all carry these types of products. There are also local small businesses in your area that specialize in home burglar systems. These places may be able to offer you a better price on a home security system because they deal with these kinds of items exclusively. They may offer do-it-yourself home burglar systems, which are generally much cheaper than going through a service provider. Sometimes professional burglar alarm systems companies charge high installation fees that can increase the cost of the process dramatically. However, be forewarned that do-it-yourself burglar systems are not always as reliable as professionally installed versions. Perhaps the most affordable option is merely installing a security camera in your home. This will give the police useful evidence in the event of a crime, but it will not alert the proper authorities that an offense is taking place in your home.