Have you been struggling over whether or not you should get a security system? You aren’t alone. In this article we are going to explore the top reasons that security systems are worthy investments.
Potential Crime Deterrent
It might not seem like it but most burglars are lazy. If they encounter problems while trying to break into a home (locked windows, secured shades and blinds, bars on windows, “hidden” deadbolts, etc) they are likely to give up and go somewhere else. This is especially true when they encounter security systems. Most burglars will leave as soon as they see evidence that a home security system has been installed.
To Act as a Backup Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Your probably have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors already installed in your home. These detectors only sound once a certain level of smoke or carbon monoxide has been reached. A security alarm’s sensors are more sensitive. Security systems are also better equipped to detect fires that start from heating sources like wall heaters, hot water tanks, etc—that might not release enough smoke to set off a smoke detector until they are advanced.
Security Systems Save Money
After the initial purchase and installation cost, security systems actually save you money. Some home insurance companies will reduce your home insurance rates by as much as 20% if you choose one of the more sophisticated systems that include sprinklers or the ability to notify local fire and police stations when an emergency happens. The insurers offer the discount because the presence of the system makes it less likely that you will need to file an insurance claim.
Control Your Home Even When You Are Not at Home
The security systems that are on the market today often connect to apps. These apps allow you to control your home even if you are far away. Some will even allow you to see and hear what is happening. Imagine being able to report a break-in from the restaurant where you and your family are eating dinner. An added benefit to these apps is that they allow you to better avoid encountering someone who has broken in to your home if you are at home when it happens.
Help Local Law Enforcement
Most home security systems available today are able to alert local law enforcement and emergency responders without your having to do anything. It is simply a built in and automatic response in the event of a home invasion. This way they can respond before you get home. Another benefit to these systems is that—if you have children or elderly family members at home—some systems have voice controls that will allow someone who has fallen or gotten hurt call for help without having to literally call for help.
Home security systems are helpful in all types of safety. If you don’t have one already installed, it is time to start shopping.