Do I Need a Home Alarm System? / by Pavel Asanov

Have you thought options for home alarm systems for your house? Most home owners consider systems but never go through with purchasing them because they don't think that they really need them. Consider the fact that every year, there over two million home burglaries in America. More than 70 percent of these burglaries took place in home residences. The victims of these burglaries claimed approximately $4.6 billion in lost property. With an average burglary loss of $2,110.

 The biggest reason to install home alarm systems is to protect families and personal assets. The act of installing the system wards off crime. If you're still not convinced that home alarm systems are a good fit for your family and your neighbors, consider the following reasons.

  •  Ward off potential crime. It has been established that burglars spend under a minute breaking into a home. Any measure that makes a home more difficult to access including deadbolt locks, home security alarms, pins in sash windows, and window bars will deter potential burglars. Additionally, the simple presence of an alarm system will send nine out of ten burglars away.
  • Detect smoke and fire. Typically a home fire alarm system is one component in a larger security system that offers both burglary and fire protection. This kind of system monitors windows, doors, and additional entrances to a home (i.e. basement crawl space) for break-ins. The system will also contact a security office to report a fire or break in. The office will then relayed a message to a fire or police department accordingly.
  • Get a home insurance discount. Some insurance companies offer discounts up to 15 or 20 percent when a home owner installs a high tech burglar and fire alarm that contacts a monitoring station. When a home has a security system, there is less of a chance that someone will successfully break into it. In turn, the insurer has a decreased chance of covering losses that would result from a robbery. Thus, when home owners have home alarm systems, they are at a decreased risk for insurers.
  • Control a home through an app. Many home security alarms come with the option for a text or email alert when there are certain types of activity in a home, such as turning on a basement light or opening a liquor cabinet. A number of these systems include live video feeds that can be viewed online or on a phone. Do you have children who are at home alone after school? Some systems will send a photo of a child returning home from school via text or email. All systems with these types of alerts and notifications allow for full customization, enabling users to set their preferences as they choose.
  • Assist law enforcement with faster responses in emergencies. When children or seniors are in an emergency, home security alarms can help them help more quickly. People who live alone may opt to carry a wireless transmitter that can trigger a security system as needed. Once a security system has been tripped, a monitoring system will receive an immediate notification. Additionally, many home security alarms feature two-way intercoms. These intercoms allow family members to communicate with monitoring operators directly when they are not able to reach a phone. These features may not seem important to many people, but they can be vital to individuals with compromised mobility who cannot always reach a phone quickly.

 Talk to family and friends who have home alarm systems to find out what they do and don't like about their current systems. Their input will help guide your search for the alarm system that is the best fit for your security needs.