Many people wonder if it’s necessary to have a security system installed in their homes, especially if they live in a safe neighborhood, own a dog or work from home. The answer is yes. It is definitely a good idea due to the benefits. Nowadays, it’s both affordable and simple to have a modern security system installed in your home. Whether you live in a house, apartment, condo or townhouse, a security system will protect you and your property from dangerous break-ins, burglary, and more.
The most obvious and important benefit of having a security system is that your home and valuables are protected 24/7. You can always have a peace of mind knowing that your security system’s alarm can scare off any potential intruders who would otherwise break in to steal your valuables or vandalize your home. In fact, according to a study conducted by Rutgers University, the more home security systems there are in an area, the lower the risk of a robbery. This means that simply having a security system protects you and also helps prevent crime in your neighborhood. Once your security system is installed, use the signs and stickers provided by your security company to notify would-be robbers that your home is protected.
Modern security systems are now conveniently connected to mobile applications, allowing you to remotely see livestream footage of what’s happening in your home no matter where you are. You’re also able to receive notifications if a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector is going off. If you have kids, remote viewing can come in handy when you’re at work or out of town so you can see if your kids are behaving well or who your teens are inviting over to your home.
Exterior video cameras can keep you informed of activity around your home, such as when landscapers are on the job or people are at the front door. Smart doorbells can notify you when packages are delivered, allow you to talk to guests remotely through the door bell, allow you to avoid solicitors, and some doorbells even have face recognition to automatically recognize guests. This is most useful around the holidays when package theft tends to be at its peak. According to a study conducted by C + R Research, 60% of people know someone who has had a package stolen during the holiday season and 30% had a package stolen more than once.
Homeowner insurance companies typically offer a 5% to 20% discount if you have a home security system professionally installed, which helps justify the extra cost of a home security system. The more monitoring the system has, the higher the discount can be. Camera video footage can also help in need of filing insurance claims or police reports if needed.
The benefits of having a home security system make it a great addition to your home regardless of your lifestyle. If you’re a dog owner who considers your dog a guard dog for your house, keep in mind that a pet dog and guard dog are two different things. Trained guard dogs are specially trained to sense threats and attack when they are in danger, unlike pet dogs who may have a hard time distinguishing between intruders and home visitors. If you work from home, you’ll always have a peace of mind when you’re out of town. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, the convenience of remotely monitoring your home is priceless.
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