Every day you can turn on the tv, look at the local news, and no doubt see instances of those who live not so far from you being the victim of theft–or worse.
It’s no secret the world is becoming a more dangerous place. Many people are getting more desperate and seem increasingly willing to commit crimes because of this.
While you may be able to feel safe and secure everywhere you go, one place you should never have to sacrifice this is at your home. Getting a home security system is one way you can greatly increase the sense of security you and your family feel while at home.
Beyond the dangers already mentioned are ones that could come about by accident.
It’s the above factors as well as the financial benefits of owning a home security system that we’ll discuss.
1. Home Security Systems Protect Your Most Valuable Possessions
First and foremost on your priority list is the safety and security of your loved ones.
Of course, you can’t monitor them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Work and other of life’s necessities have to be given attention.
Still, this doesn’t mean these precious possessions need to be left without protection. A home security system allows you to monitor the inside and outside of your house for any suspicious activity.
It acts as your set of eyes when you can’t have your own there.
The importance of securing your home is equal to the importance of the safety of your loved ones and so cannot be overstated.
This is especially true when considering that the FBI recorded nearly eight million property crimes in 2016.
Nearly twenty percent of these property crimes were burglaries. And what did that translate into for actual damages? An estimated $3.6 billion–and that’s not even counting the mental and emotional damage that comes from you and your family’s feeling of security being taken away.
Often this latter type of damage can still take its toll long after the material possessions have been replaced.
2. They Keep Your Neighborhood a Safer Place
Another great benefit that comes with having a home security system is that it adds to the overall safety of the neighborhood in which you live.
In many situations, if a potential thief sees something that deters them from your house, they will simply be displaced to the next. However, in a residential neighborhood where many of the houses are protected by home security systems, potential thieves are often deterred from that entire area.
This was confirmed by a 2009 study by Rutgers. The study found that not only are individual homes secured with burglar alarms “less attractive to…intruders,” but also neighborhoods in which burglar alarms are “densely installed” experienced fewer incidents overall of property crimes.
These findings mean you could start a positive trend within your neighborhood by securing your home in a similar way. Then advocate for your neighbors to follow suit. The entire neighborhood will be a better place for it.
3. Protect Against Unseen Dangers
Not all dangers within the home are so overt. The most common of such dangers is carbon monoxide, which is both colorless and odorless. Therefore, it is impossible to detect by human senses alone.
In fact, many who have fallen victim to carbon monoxide poisoning never even notice a problem until it’s too late. Others who are asleep during a home carbon monoxide leak may be killed without ever waking up, as CO poisoning can render someone unconscious before killing.
Where does this gas come from within the home? Carbon monoxide is primarily produced as a byproduct of combustion. Home heating systems, gas ranges, and car engines all produce carbon monoxide.
This means homes in colder climates are at a greater risk of a CO leak.
A good home security system protects against such factors as carbon monoxide as well. In fact, in the CDC’s tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, keeping an updated CO detection system at home is at the top of their list.
4. Home Security Systems Provide Financial Benefits
Many home security systems can be integrated into your home heating, lighting, and other utility systems and monitored remotely on your mobile devices.
Have you ever left home worrying if you left the stove on or a clothing iron? Did you once forget to change your thermostat before leaving to go on a trip? At some time or another, just about everyone forgets to turn a light off before leaving for work.
With an integrated home surveillance system, you no longer have to worry about these factors. Right from your mobile device, you can check if you left an appliance on or monitor your home’s climate control, making adjustments as necessary.
This yields another benefit back on the subject of crime prevention. When you go away on a trip you can remotely turn lights and appliances on and off, creating the facade that there are still people at home even if you are far, far away.
Another great financial benefit of owning a home security system is the fact that many home insurance providers offer discounted rates for those with these systems installed.
Foresee the Unforeseeable Dangers
Neither thieves, carbon monoxide leaks, nor other dangers will ever announce their arrival. It’s impossible to predict what danger will present itself and when it will do so.
Still, there is one thing you can foresee. Eventually one of the above dangers is likely to come your way and threaten the safety of you, your family, and your valuable possessions.
If you can foresee the likelihood of the danger than you are at an advantage, but only if you act on that knowledge. One of the very best ways to do so is by keeping your safe place with a home security system.
Doing so will allow you to sleep more soundly and keep you worry-free each time you leave home.
For more tips on how to make your home even more of an oasis, check out our home improvement blog.