Installing a home security system is an investment, but it’s worth every penny. Not only does it offer invaluable peace of mind, but also it saves lives and money by preventing theft, burglary and vandalism. Yet with all the things to pay for these days, is it really necessary to have a home security system? Are burglaries that common?
According to The SafeWise Report, the United States leads the world in burglaries. Four burglaries occur every minute, or one every 15 seconds. Around 60 percent of burglars use forcible entry to get into homes. Thirty percent enter through an unlocked door or window.
There are many steps you can take to protect your home, including locking your doors and windows when you’re asleep or away. But nothing is as effective as installing a home security system.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons to install a security system in 2016.
1. Protect Your Family from Intruders
Burglars often target homes that are empty, but sometimes they don’t realize that a family is inside. This can lead them to panic and act out aggressively. A home security system prevents this from happening in two ways. First, it makes your home less likely to be broken into. Two, the alarm system will alert the authorities if someone does break into your home.
2. Protect Your Home from Fire
A built-in benefit of a home security system is that it has a fire alarm. Many homeowners rely on smoke alarms to warn them of fire, but monitored home alarms provide an early warning. This allows you to get your family out in time and signal the authorities, preventing further damage from occurring. A standard smoke alarm won’t do this.
3. Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so it’s impossible to detect it with your basic senses. Carbon monoxide leaks can be found with carbon monoxide detectors, but not all homes have them installed. A home security system has this built-in feature. It will alert the paramedics, who will respond with the right care for you and your family.
4. Give Yourself Peace of Mind
You can’t put a price on peace of mind, and that’s exactly what a home security system gives you. If you have a young family, it’s nice to see that your children are safe when they return home from school. If you have an elderly person at home, it’s comforting to know that they can get out of the home if there is a fire or other emergency.
5. Keep Your Valuables Safe
Think about all of the valuables you have in your home, including big ticket items and sentimental inheritances. If someone were to break into your home, they wouldn’t care about ruining these belongings. They would aim to take the most expensive things that they could find. A home security system keeps these valuables safe.
6. Save Money on Your Homeowners Insurance
Did you know that you can save money on your homeowners insurance by installing a security system? How much you can save depends on a lot of factors, but in general, expect to receive a 10-20 percent discount. Insurance carriers are willing to give homeowners this incentive because homes with an alarm are less likely to be broken into.
7. Enjoy Constant Monitoring
One of the biggest benefits of any security system is having your home constantly monitored. If you are someone who does a lot of traveling for work or leisure, it’s nice to have your home watched over by a third person rather than a nosy neighbor. If there are any issues, the monitoring service won’t hesitate to send out emergency personnel.
8. Save Energy with Home Automation
A home alarm system gives you the option to watch your home remotely. In fact, this technology has improved dramatically over the last few years, and you can now check in from your smartphone or tablet. Control household lights, open and close shades and manage your appliances. You can also arm or disarm the alarm system or adjust the thermostat. These small adjustments can save you money on your utility bills each month.
9. Protect Your Pets
It’s not just the humans in your home that you want to protect. It’s your pets, too! Thankfully, a home security system will help protect your pets when you’re not home to do it for them. If there is some type of emergency – a fire, gas leak or CO leak – your new security alarm will alert the authorities, who can then get your pet out of the home safely and securely.
10. Know Who’s at the Door
Wouldn’t it be nice to know who’s at the door before you open it? With products like a WiFi doorbell, you can enjoy front door monitoring that allows you to see, hear and speak to your visitor from just about anywhere! Other features include HD video, motion sensors, live monitoring, color nightvision and two-way audio.
Hopefully we have helped you better understand the reasons for installing a home security system. If you would like to learn more about having a system installed for a low monthly cost, give Texas Security & Surveillance a call today! We look out for our customers!