For many people, their home is a sanctuary: the place where they and their loved ones can feel not only safe and secure, but comfortable, content and, well, at home.
Unfortunately, some risks come from owning a home as well, and on those rare occasions when disaster strikes, it can be all the more devastating because our homes carry so much financial and emotional value.
Here are nine of the top reasons to install a modern home security system that will protect your most valuable asset.
The first and most obvious reason to install a security system is to protect your home in the case of a burglary. Security systems boast multiple features that will protect them from intruders: smart locks that will keep them from getting through the door, alarms that will sound if they somehow do gain entry — giving family members time to get out or hide — and immediately alerting the authorities that a break-in is in progress.
Most people are aware that a security system will help keep their home safe from intruders, but what many don’t realize is that a security system will also deter them from even trying in the first place.
In a study conducted by the University of North Carolina and Charlotte’s department of criminal justice and criminology department, researchers interviewed more than 200 people who were incarcerated for breaking into homes. More than 60% of the criminals interviewed said that when they noticed that a house had a security system, they would move on and pick a different home to target.
Break-ins and burglaries are not the only emergencies that a security system protects against. Modern home security systems can supplement smoke detectors by monitoring the home for sources of excessive heat and alerting the homeowner right away.
Often, when a fire has reached the point that it is emitting enough smoke to be picked up by a smoke detector, significant damage has already been done to the property, and the people inside the home may already be at risk.
By detecting sources of excessive heat, a security system can identify a situation that may lead to a fire before dangerous flames or smoke have started, giving the homeowner the opportunity to stop a potential fire before it sparks.
One of the reasons that carbon monoxide is so dangerous i.e. because it is undetectable to human senses: the gas is both colourless and odourless, so if your heating system, stove, gas range or another device leak carbon monoxide into your home, you won’t be able to detect it.
Carbon monoxide detectors can be installed, which will sense when dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are in the air and sound an alarm alerting the homeowner, but often the next steps for the homeowner isn’t clear when the alarm sounds. Are they or their family already at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning? Do they need medical treatment? How quickly do they need to be treated?
A modern security system integrates carbon monoxide detectors into the rest of the home’s system, which can immediately alert emergency dispatch when high levels of carbon monoxide are detected, and quickly send paramedics who can inspect and treat symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
While keeping yourself and your family safe is paramount, your possessions also have great value to you and need to be protected. Security systems will deter many would-be burglars from trying to enter your home and steal your valuables, and will sound the alarm and alert the authorities should someone gain entry into your home.
But security systems provide an added advantage that helps keep your stuff safe. Most security systems include cameras that will capture anyone breaking into or burglarizing your home. This footage helps the police identify the intruders, making it much more likely that they will be caught—and your possessions recovered.
The cameras included in a security system provide another advantage. The best home security systems available today offer 24/7 video monitoring, which means you no longer need to worry about your home when you leave on vacation. If you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, the cameras allow a security professional to keep an eye on it for you and ensure that your home remains safe and secure in your absence.
There are many costs associated with homeownership that go beyond the price of the house itself. Taxes, insurance, utility bills, and other household expenses all contribute to the high cost of owning a home.
Installing a security system can help you reduce these ongoing costs because most insurance providers will provide a discount to homes that have a security system installed. While the exact nature of the discount differs depending on the provider and the home in question, on average, homeowners can save between 10 and 20 percent on their insurance if they have a security system.
Another way a modern security system helps reduce your monthly bills is by managing and reducing the amount of energy needed to power your home.
A modern security system includes several tools that will allow you to reduce your energy consumption, including a smart thermostat, custom automation, and the ability to control things like thermostats and lights while on the go through the use of an app on your phone.
All of the advantages of a security system will not only keep your home safer and make it more cost-effective and efficient, but it will also provide you with much-needed peace of mind. When you have a good, modern security system installed in your home you can rest easy knowing that your loved ones and most prized possessions are safe and secure.
Security systems provide much more than safety. Today’s systems not only deter criminals and make your home safer but also smarter, more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more cost-effective.
To learn more about installing a security system in your home, call the Canadian Security Professionals at1-877-494-9911 or contact us here.