Are you thinking about getting a home security system? With all the recent news of gun violence, it’s natural to want to be more cautious with your families safety.
And to be quite honest, it’s always a good idea.
Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, it’s better to be safe. And with home security systems becoming more and more affordable, there’s no reason to put it off any longer.
The following are just a few of the many benefits of owning a home security system.
1. Keeps your material things and memories safe
Most people think of their material possessions and things like photographs or important documents when they think of home security. Most of the time, when we hear about break-ins, it’s all about theft.
So that’s one way owning a home security system can help. If someone tries to break into your home and realizes you have a home security system, they will either run or stay and get caught. But either way, your valuables remain safe and sound in your home.
2. Acts as a deterrent
There was a time when people would put home security stickers on their windows because they were so effective at deterring criminals. There may still be some truth to it today, but an old worn out sticker may not be enough to deter crime anymore. Now, you may actually need a solid security system.
But there’s good news.
A 2009 Rutgers study found that crime was lower in neighborhoods where more homes had security systems installed. So even if you don’t have one, you can benefit from your neighbor’s security efforts.
3. Adds convenience to your life
What happens if you’re at work and have a moment of panic, thinking you forgot to lock your doors? With modern security systems, you can lock everything up remotely and even monitor what’s going on while you’re away.
So you can use your surveillance equipment to monitor your home and ensure no one is lurking inside (or outside) before you lock up. This way, you know exactly what you’re coming home to.
4. Improves homeowner’s insurance rates
You know how you could lower your car insurance premiums by adding anti-theft devices to your car? Well, you can do the same with your homeowner’s insurance.
When you install a home security system, you may be able to lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums by as much as 20 percent.
In that way, the security system can pay for itself in a year or two.
5. Monitors other dangerous issues
You can connect a home security system to your home’s fire or carbon monoxide detector to alert you of any problems. This might seem inconvenient if someone is cooking at home and setting off alarms, but it can be lifesaving if the kids are coming home and there’s a problem.
6. Monitor kids who are at home alone
If your kids get home from school before anyone gets home from work, you can use video surveillance to keep an eye on them. Make it a habit to check the system to ensure they made it home okay, and check in again before you leave work.
You can even remotely lock the doors after your kids enter the home. This won’t necessarily keep them inside, but it will help ensure they’re safely inside. And, depending on your system, you may be able to get alerts when the doors unlock (so you’ll know if someone leaves).
There are so many reasons to protect your home, and the best home security system for you will be based on the value of what you want to protect. Choose wisely and you can enjoy peace of mind while you’re away.