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Installing a home security system can be costly, but not installing one could cost you even more. Below we will take a look at the top ten reasons to install a home security system or upgrading your existing home alarm system.

Protecting your home and family

The number one best reason to have a home security system is to protect your family members from intruders. A home that has no security system is 2.7 times more likely to be targeted for a burglary .This tells us that just the presence of an alarm system can deter an intruder from breaking into your home. Burglars do consider if a home has an alarm system before they try to enter but even more important they will try to enter when no one is home. If they mistakenly enter and a family member is home then it can lead to disaster. If an intruder enters and is surprised by someone being home they can act with aggressive and unexpected behavior. This can result in a family member being hurt or even killed.

Protect your home and family from fires

Many people have a security system installed but they neglect to protect themselves from fire. I hear it all of the time:

“I have smoke detectors already”

The smoke detectors that are installed in many homes are operated from a battery and they are only designed to let the occupants know that there has been smoke detected in the home. The smoke detector will not alert anyone that cannot hear the smoke detector when it is triggered. It will also not let anyone know outside of the home. You know the saying, “if a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound” If your smoke detector goes off and no one hears it will your home still burn? A monitored security system with an integrated smoke detector will alert you and the monitoring company so that the fire department can be dispatched and save your home and family from a devastating fire.

There are areas that a smoke detector can be subject to false alarms such as a garage or attic. You can still protect yourself by using a heat detector. A small fire can break out into a full blown fire that is beyond your ability to put out even with the best garden hose.

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell. Poisoning from this gas occurs after enough inhalation of the toxic gas unfortunately most people do not know that they have been affected. Poisoning is a result of incomplete combustion of organic matter due to insufficient oxygen supply to complete oxidation to carbon dioxide. Humans cannot detect the presence of carbon monoxide without the aid of a detector. A carbon monoxide detector can be integrated into your alarm system the same way that a smoke detector can. If you are overtaken by carbon monoxide the system can detect the odorless gas and notify the authorities.

Check to see if your state requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Provide Your Family with Peace of Mind

In a world of uncertainty it is a wonderful thing to be able to have some peace of mind. Of course it is everyone’s desire to not have a burglary but look at all of other features that an alarm system can do further enhance your Zen:

  • Early warning for elderly parents
  • The ability to monitor elderly parents remotely
  • The ability to monitor your children when you are not home
  • Receive alerts when your kids get home

My elderly father-in-law is 88 and he sleep walks from time to time. He went outside in the rain in the middle of the night one time while he was sleep walking. We checked the alarm system to see how long he was outside and found out he was outside for 15 minutes. After that incident we arm the system every night so we will know if hr goes out in the middle of the night. Sometimes your alarm system is just as useful in monitoring people from going out.

The elderly usually cannot move with the speed that an emergency may require so the earlier that a warning is made the better chance of survival. The early notification in the event of a fire can mean all the difference between a nuisance and a disaster. The notification of the authorities when you are at work or out of town can save your processions.

The peace of mind that a monitored alarm system can provide is invaluable.

Protect Your Valuables

While it is true that if you have a burglary it is only stuff that is taken. But some of your things have sentimental value to you that cannot be replaced. Awards and heirlooms cannot be replaced at any price and to a burglar these items mean nothing except for a payday. Every year there are several million burglaries across the United States and over 3 billion in losses. The average burglary will cost you $2,000 in lost property. This does not account for items that cannot be replaced or the loss of feeling safe in your own home.

An alarm system works to deter a burglar but when that is not enough it will alert the authorities and increase the likelihood of the criminal being apprehended. With the addition of cameras that can be integrated with your alarm system you can get valuable pictures of the thief and give that information to the authorities. The visual documentation can lead to an immediate arrest or a conviction when the evidence is presented in court.

Having Someone Else to Watch Your Home

If you work away from the home or travel it is impossible to monitor what goes on at home without an alarm system being installed. An alarm system with remote access allows you to receive alerts for a wide variety of events. If you forget to arm your system you can easily access the system and check to see if you did arm it. If not, you can arm it from any internet enable device. In the old days before today’s sophisticated alarms you would have to turn around just to check and see if your alarm was armed or just go to work and hope that your home was protected. You can even monitor your home for flooding, temperature or humidity.

Save on Homeowners Insurance

If you own a home you are required to have homeowners insurance. This insurance is designed to protect from losses that occur due to property loss or damage to your home. The insurance companies acknowledge that the addition of a monitored alarm system that protects from burglary and fire is worth giving you a discount for. When was the last time that the insurance company wanted to charge you less? This discount can range from 5-20% depending on your insurance company. The discount can result in a substantial offset to what you pay for monitoring. It is almost like they are paying you to have an alarm.

Keep an Eye on Your Home Remotely

Alarm systems have undergone a major transformation much the same as cell phones. You can almost do everything remotely through your alarm system as you could do if you were at home. You can:

  • Check on the status of any door or window or liquor cabinet
  • Check to see if the system is armed or disarmed
  • Allow custom access to a caretaker or contractor
  • Unlock your front door from anywhere in the world
  • Turn your heat or air on, off, higher or lower.
  • Turn off an appliance or light from anywhere
  • Have your lights turn off and on with a schedule

You think it and your alarm system can probably make it happen.

Get Medical Assistance When Needed

Security systems can help the sick or elderly live without assistance or 24 hour care. The newer alarm systems are wireless so a pendant can be integrated with the system that can trigger a medical alarm where the central station can be immediately notified and dispatch medical help. In these situations minutes can mean the difference so they can easily save a life. You also enable 2 way voice so that the central station personnel can talk to you at home. Even if you are at home when a child or mother needs help the addition of a security system can give you the time to care for the injured or sick person while the monitoring station gets help on the way.

Reduce Energy Consumption in Your Home

How much energy do you think you would save if you could control your heating and air conditioning system from anywhere? The results do vary but you can save hundreds per year. Many home owners will turn off heating when no one is home and turn it on an hour before they come home. You come home to a nice cozy house without the increased cost of having the home heated when no one is home. The home automation can even control your system automatically. With the addition of a smoke detector and a thermostat the hvac unit can be shut down in the event of a fire. The fire gets less oxygen and the smoke is not spread throughout the house.

Home automation also increases your home protection because you can turn lights on and off with a random schedule so that burglars think someone is home.

Not convinced? Then look at all of these additional benefits to an alarm system:

  • Your pets are typically locked inside your home while you are away. If a burglar comes in they may harm the pet or let them out. If a fire breaks out then you may lose a member of the family.
  • Your home value will increase with the addition of an alarm system

Home security systems allow for homeowners to secure less frequented areas of the home such as the basement and the

Additional Reasons Why You Should Install a Home Security System

  • Security systems not only protect family and possessions, but they also provide protection for pet’s garage. This makes it more difficult for intruders to take their preferred methods of entry into the home and go unnoticed.
  • Home security systems mean that homeowners do not have to depend upon neighbors to watch over their home when they are away. There is less chance of human error with alarm systems.
  • Home alarm systems prevent home intruders from staying too long if they do gain access to the house since there is a higher likelihood of them being scared away when an alarm is sounding loudly.
  • Modern wireless alarm systems are affordable and much easier to set up and maintain than the wired systems of the past.
  • Having a home alarm system installed actually increases your home value when it comes to selling your home. As an added bonus, it also keeps your home protected throughout the selling process where a number of strangers will be inside your home.
  • Homes with security systems installed have a quicker emergency response time because they cut out the middle man and directly contact authorities for faster dispatch.
  • The majority of large home protection companies offer 24/7 monitoring and support of their alarm systems which reduces the likelihood that the alarm system will fail and your home safety would be at risk.
  • Some home alarm systems that come equipped with outdoor cameras allow for homeowners and their families to see who is at the front door without going close to it. This feature is particularly useful for families with children of working parents who often have to leave children at home alone.

Home Security Facts to Consider:

If you still have any doubts about whether or not your home or family could benefit from a home alarm system take a look at some of the following facts:

  • Approximately every twenty seconds a home fire is reported.
  • 70% of all burglaries occur in residential properties.
  • Every 14.5 seconds a robbery is reported.
  • Most burglaries take place between 10am and 3pm – when the majority of homeowners are at work.
  • 8% of robberies are committed with a gun according to the FBI’s crime statistics.
  • The majority of burglars gain entry to the home via the front door, back door and first floor windows.
  • FBI crime statistics state that during 60% of reported burglaries, someone was at home.
  • Only 13% of reported burglaries are solved by the police.
  • Only 15% of property that is stolen in burglaries is ever recovered by the police.
  • Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths between 2005 and 2009 were the result of fires in homes without smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • House fires are the third leading cause of fatal home injury in the nation.
  • Each year fires kill more people in the United States than all natural disasters combined.
  • 39% of residential fires and 52% of residential fatalities from fires occur in homes with no smoke alarms.

 

 

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