5 Reasons to Install a Home Security System
There are many reasons why you should install a home security system. The systems of today come wireless and much more affordable than they used to be. Also, they offer so many more in protections than they used to. The top 5 reasons are to protect your home & family from intruders, detect fire, smoke and carbon dioxide, save on homeowners insurance and monitoring your home 24/7 gives peace of mind, and last but not least being able to remotely monitor your home.
Protecting your home and family is the main reason for an alarm to be put in place. Just the presence of an alarm can deter intruders from breaking in. According to “Securing Home and Business” by Simon Hakim/Erwin Blackstone, homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. In some cases, burglars may still target a home either knowingly or unknowingly when members of the family are inside. For the burglar who enters the home expecting it to be empty, finding members of the family inside can cause fear and potential aggressive behavior. Having a security system provides enough warning to get to a safe place in our outside the home while the alarm system dispatches police.
Protecting your home from fire, smoke and carbon monoxide is the second reason an alarm is a good idea. Carbon Monoxide sensors detect a dangerous, colorless & odorless gas that can go undetected causing fatalities. Also, in addition to smoke detectors alarms also have heat detectors. This is a benefit because heat is often detected earlier on before an actual fire breaks out. Minutes count in fires, for loss of property and lives. The sooner the detection, the better!
Saving on homeowners insurance is a bonus of having an alarm. The insurance companies value the savings they enjoy from paying less claims from fires and burglaries so they offer typically 15-20% off rates for homes with alarms.
The peace of mind you will get from having your alarm company monitor your home around the clock is invaluable. Whether you are home or on vacation you are much more at ease knowing your home is secure.
Many systems today offer their customers remote monitoring and alert customers via text or email. Some even allow the homeowner to view their home from the internet.
As you can see the alarm systems of today have many different protections to offer homeowners. It is always better to have something than nothing. From the Chicago Tribune as of 2012, 80% of homeowners found their alarm systems effective in protecting their home according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center
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