Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 04:43 pm
A home is one of the most expensive purchases that you’ll ever invest in. You spend years saving for just the right place. It’s critical to feel safe in your home and, unfortunately, the world isn’t such a safe place anymore. You need to be proactive in protecting your family and property, so here are some reasons why home security is essential and how it helps.
1. Keep Your Property Safe and Secure
Burglaries occur more frequent in the summer, rising 10 percent during June, July, and August. The FBI reported that, in 2017, there were over 7 million property crimes in the United States. These numbers are staggering and illustrate the importance of protecting your family and property. The home security systems that are available today are not like the ones your parents had, with fuzzy video and motion sensor lights. They are smart integrated systems that allow you to operate your security remotely and automate everyday home actions and tasks which acts more like an assistant, at times, than just the sentinel for your property. Security cameras are invaluable safety devices that can differentiate between people, vehicles, and objects, meaning there are fewer false alarms. A central monitoring station watches your property when you’re asleep, home, or gone on vacation. They are truly revolutionary security solutions and could be the reason why property crimes have decreased in recent years.
2. Home Security Reduces Insurance Premiums
Many insurance companies offer reduced rates for properties with home security systems. The reduced rates are because insurance companies pay out for fewer claims on homes with security systems. While there are a variety of factors that affect prices, security systems sometimes mean significant discounts.
3. 24/7 Monitoring Where Someone is Always Guarding Your Property
A monitored home alarm system provides 24/7 protection, as mentioned previously. When the system detects a threat or anomaly to typical patterns, it alerts a central station where trained agents check the event. Once they receive the information and confirm it’s a threat, they notify law enforcement and other first responders. Some systems allow the people monitoring the alarm to issue vocal commands, and this usually scares intruders off. There are several things that burglars don’t like to see on the properties they case: glass break detection, security cameras, and image motion sensors. It’s nice to know that someone’s always watching your property, especially when you’re gone.
4. Protection from Fire and Carbon Monoxide
Monitored security alarms are excellent guards against house fires. A home security system can detect smoke and serve as an early warning system. It can also identify irregular heat sources that indicate a fire. By adding a heat detector to your alarm system, it will alert with the smallest heat changes and prevent future fires. When seconds count in house fires, a monitored alarm system with a heat detector can help save lives and reduce property damage.
Home security systems integrate with carbon monoxide detectors to monitor the amounts of this undetectable, odorless gas in your home. Carbon monoxide is deadly and can be released by burning wood, heating systems, stoves, and other sources. It’s a silent deadly killer because you’ll never smell it or see it in your home. However, your carbon monoxide detectors can.
5. Save Money on Energy Bills
Smart home security systems help manage your electrical bills. These systems are intelligent, and you can program them to send you reminders when someone leaves a door or window open. Most of these systems set back to energy-savings mode until someone corrects the problem. Then the system resets to your typical comfort setting. With remote access, you can shut down heating and cooling systems or turn off lights no matter where you are. You can even program the system to set the temperature back when you’re not there and bump it back up just before you come home. Just imagine the savings on your electric bill alone!
6. Medical Assistance
Whether you live alone or have elderly parents living with you, you can also get medical alert pendants and bracelets or emergency pulls installed with your security system. If someone falls, they can press the button on the pendant or bracelet, and the system sends an alert to the 24/7 monitoring center. The monitoring center checks on you and dispatches emergency services to your house. If there’s a fire in your house, you can use the emergency pull and the monitoring station alerts the proper authorities.
7. Home Automation
Security systems with home automation streamline household chores and make everyday tasks easy. They pair with electronics made with home automation in mind. Use voice control to turn on lights and electronics without getting up from your seat. You can create scenes that perform multiple functions when you issue a specific command. Set a scene to lock all the doors and arm the alarm when you say “nighttime” or “lock up the house.” If you’re really forgetful, just set the security system to set the alarm and lock the house at a specific time every night.
8. Monitor Your Outdoor and Indoor Cameras Remotely
Knowing that your home security system protects your house and that a 24/7 monitoring center always watches your home gives you great peace of mind. Another incredible security feature is the ability to monitor your security cameras remotely.
Set the system to alert you when the cameras detect suspicious activity, and you can pull up the indoor and outdoor cameras using an app on your smartphone. Manipulate them to surveil your property and connect with the monitoring system if you need law enforcement to respond. Outside hidden home security cameras record activity without anyone knowing it. All this, from just about anywhere in the world.
Home automation and smart home security systems relieve the stress of worrying whether your family is safe and your home secure no matter where you are. Relax knowing that the risk of a house fire or burglary is low, and let home automation make routine tasks fun. If you get into bed and realize that you forgot to set the alarm, don’t worry. Just tell the system to lock up the house and arm the alarm. These are eight reasons why home security shouldn’t be overlooked.