You may think professional security services are a luxury you can’t afford, but in reality, most systems can potentially pay for themselves. We’ve listed 7 reasons why you should get a home security system.
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1. Installing a Security System is Best Left to a Pro
There are options on the market today that allow you to buy the equipment and install it yourself. However, taking a DIY approach to installing your system may prove to be difficult than you anticipate, you should also expect that if you install it yourself, you’ll have to fix it yourself.
Due to the sheer complexity and often complicated technology related to home security systems, it may be difficult to install the system correctly. Thus, rendering your brand new system ineffective.
Most modern systems include advanced home automation features that take security capabilities to the next level, and open new realms of control for analyzing everything from energy savings to property management verification options. These options, while attractive, often complicate the seemingly easy “less than 2 hour” installation promise.
While it may seem cheaper to install a system yourself, it won’t be in the long run. What you really need is to have a security system that’s installed correctly, won’t send false alarms, and will have all of the equipment in position to deter and catch criminals when you need it.
2. Keep Your Family Safe
Yes, there are many financial reasons for a home security system. Still, nothing matters more than your family’s safety, you can keep everyone safe by adding a security system that can not only monitors for intrusions by criminals, but also other dangers such as carbon monoxide and fire. In the event of a home invasion, a security system will give you and your family the warning you need to get to safety while the police respond.
3. Prevent Theft and Burglaries
Homes without a monitored security system are 3 times more likely to be broken into than one without a security system. When the average dollar amount lost due to a burglary is $2,322, professional security services actually seem much more affordable. In the case of a burglary, on average, homes with a security system lose thousands less than an unprotected home.
Other than acting as a deterrent against a criminal breaking into your home, a security system can also catch sticky-handed guests. Next time you suspect someone you invited into your home of absconding with your valuables, you’ll know for certain if your hunch is right.
4. Watch Your Home While You’re Away
A security system doesn’t just keep invaders out of your home, it also allows you to keep tabs on the home while you are away. That could mean ensuring the baby-sitter is acting appropriately, keeping tabs on the kids while you are out of town, or catching pets escaping.
All of this is done through mobile apps that are easy to use on your phone or tablet. They are typically offered by security systems providers as part of the package they offer.
5. Protect Your Home and Belongings From Fire
Burglars may take some of your things, but a fire could take everything. A security system installed by a professional can act as a warning in the event of a fire, not only to protect your family, but to get an earlier response from emergency services.
6. Get Medical Assistance When You are Incapacitated
Many professional security services now offer personal alarms such as a medical alert pendant or emergency pull. These devices are especially handy for those with elderly family members who may suffer a fall or otherwise be incapacitated and are unable to reach a phone to call for help. The devices are connected to the security system, so a simple push of the button will send an alert to request medical assistance.
7. Reduce Your Insurance Rates
Actual savings may vary by insurance provider, but nearly all home insurance companies will offer a 10-20 percent discount to homeowners who install a professional security system, this is because there is a reduced risk of a payout.
Just like many other things, cheaper isn’t always better. Having the right person, or company, on your side when you need it most counts. Take some of these tips into consideration next time you’re looking for a home security service provider.