For many homeowners, the thought of home security starts and ends with making sure the garage door is shut and the front door is locked. And while some may feel they live in a crime-free neighborhood and community because neither they nor their neighbors’ have been the victim of a burglary, there are still many reasons a security system should be at the top of any responsible homeowner’s immediate “To Do” list.
Before we get into the many benefits modern security systems provide, let’s first look at some very important facts surrounding break-ins and home burglars.
Based on the numbers, homes with visible indicators of a security system, such as yard signs and external cameras, are 3 times LESS likely to be targeted by a home intruder. In fact, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology found that 83% of would-be burglars try to determine if a home has a security system before they attempt to break-in and 60% indicated they would abandon the break-in if they noticed a security system during their search.
Simply put, a home security system can prevent a burglary just by the fact of its presence alone. And while that benefit is oftentimes more than enough for a homeowner to install and maintain service for a security system, there are other immediate and tangible benefits that come with adding a modern system to your home.
Benefits Of Home Security
1. Insurance Discounts
Homeowners can save up to 20% on their homeowners insurance with a monitored security system. Why do insurance providers offer this discount? Because they recognize the value of a home under the protection of a professionally monitored security service. The more secure the home, the less likely an insurance claim will be required, so for the insurance company – and for you – it makes good financial sense.
2. Cut Costs
Many of today’s security systems include home automation capabilities through compatible smart home devices. Adding these devices to a home security system, not only makes your home more convenient and responsive to your needs, but also has the benefit of potentially saving you money. Adding a smart thermostat that can be controlled remotely or, better yet, learn behavior, will make your home more energy efficient. Add light controls and you’ll never leave home with the nagging doubt you left the lights on while you’re out.
3. Protect Against Other Threats
Your home isn’t just subject to the external threat of a would-be thief. You probably already have smoke detectors positioned properly throughout your home. (If you don’t, check out our post on smoke alarms to learn more.)While these smoke and heat detectors will be helpful while you and your family are in the home, what happens when the detector goes off when the house is empty or occupied only by your pets? Scary thought. Adding a supervised smoke and heater sensor to your security system will give you 24/7 professional monitored protection for fire in addition to intrusion.
Systems such as those offered by Frontpoint are capable of monitoring your home for other threats, including carbon monoxide, water leaks and extreme temperature changes to give you complete and comprehensive protection for your family and home.
4. A Watchful Eye
With strategically placed wireless security cameras and mobile or interactive monitoring services, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your home from anywhere with your smart phone or computer. Being able to access live video of your home allows homeowners to not only check-in on their kids or elderly parents, but also to check on others in the home. Ideal for parents who leave their children in the care of a babysitter or who need to have a technician for in-home service and repairs.
5. Raise Your Homes IQ
Make your home smarter by adding a security system with automation functionality and you can enjoy a home that responds automatically to personal settings. Adjust your temperature and lighting so you walk into a well-lit and comfortable home when you return from a long day.
And as technology continues to advance and provide more smart home capabilities through the IoT (Internet of Things); homeowners with modern security systems can upgrade their home simply with compatible smart devices, further enhancing the value of their security system and home over time.
Vivint is well known for using some of the most advanced components to support security and advanced home automation. Others, such as Frontpoint and Scout Alarm, offer professionally monitored DIY security systems that can be expanded to support compatible smart devices for the home.
To learn more about home security and who the best providers are you can visit out review of the Best Home Security Systems.
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