How Does Home Security Work

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There are a variety of things that can stop or deter a would be burglar from stealing your processions or harming your family. A home security system is by far the best deterrent that you can have. Unfortunately many people only feel the need to have a home security system installed after they have been violated. Obviously this is the wrong time to consider arming your home.

There are 4 main reasons why you should have a home security system and the areas of protection that they offer to you and your family:

  1. Burglary Deterrent
  2. Preventing a Confrontation(Home Invasion)
  3. Loss Prevention
  4. Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection

Stopping a would be thief

Statistics show that you are less likely to be targeted by a thief if you have a security system sign in your front yard. Often times it is 3 to 4 times less likely. A burglar is looking for an easy target and if there is a potential of getting caught then they will, more often than not, move on to the next home that does not have an alarm system.

 Reducing the threat of a home invasion

Home invasions are becoming more of an issue and you will want to make sure that your family is protected. If you are home at night you can arm your alarm system and still have freedom of movement in your home. So, if a home invasion is attempted the alarm system will sound and the home invader will most likely flee. If your home has alarm monitoring then the authorities will also be dispatched. If your alarm system has wireless capability then you can carry a key fob with you which have a panic button. This panic button can be used inside and outside your home in the event of an emergency. Make sure you test the range of your key fob so that you will be aware of the area that you can depend on activation.

Preventing the loss of your possessions

When a burglary occurs in your home you can count on the loss of some of your possessions. The average loss is $1,700 per incident. An alarm system will not cost anywhere near that amount unless you have a very large home. If you have a very large home then the value of your processions is probably more than average so you can see that the loss will also be larger. An alarm system will discourage a burglar from entering your home at all or if they are bolder they will stay in your home for a shorter period of time because they know the authorities will be on there way.

Protection from Fire and Carbon Monoxide

A home burglary can obviously result in the feeling of being violated and lingering feelings of “what if they come back”. A fire can cause much more damage to your home, processions and potentially the lives of your family. Even with many people being aware of this there are a large number of people that still do not have a smoke detector in the home. A burglar can steal some stuff but a fire can destroy everything. Most people think that a security system is meant to stop burglars but they are actually for the purpose of “home security” This means all things that can make your home more secure. A smoke detector should be installed on every alarm system. These are available in wired or wireless versions.

Where most fires start in family dwellings:

  • Kitchen 23.5%
  • Bedroom 12.7%
  • Living Room 7.9%
  • Chimney 7.1%
  • Laundry Area 4.7%

Carbon Monoxide has become a problem in residential homes and the biggest issue is that Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. This silent killer can attack you while you are sleeping and you may never wake up. A carbon monoxide detector can be installed and attached to your security system. These devices are also available in a wired or wireless version.

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