Installing, arming, disarming, paying monthly fees, and dealing with false alarms are all things that are tied to monitored security systems which may cause you to wonder if home security systems are worth the inherent hassle. This is a good question to ask as you consider how you can best protect your valuables and your loved ones.
There are a lot of elements to think about when it comes to home security systems and that includes how the security system could benefit you and your family. Here are a few reasons why that is true.
This is, of course, the benefit most people immediately think of. We likely all know someone who has lost electronics, jewelry, or other high-value items due to a home invasion. The tragedy is compounded when the item is an irreplaceable family heirloom. While using a home safe can help protect irreplaceable items, a home security system has an alarm that can scare off many would-be burglars and can notify the local authorities if someone does attempt a break-in.
A 2009 study by Rutgers found that, as the number of home security systems increased in an area, the number of residential robberies decreased in that area, even for people who didn’t have their own security system. Having a security system not only protects you but helps deter crime and creates a safer neighborhood for everyone.
Allows remote access to your home
Modern security systems now allow you to remotely monitor what’s happening in your home from your phone when you’re not there. Depending on your provider, you can monitor security cameras installed throughout your home, as well as control smart thermostats, smart keyless door locks, smart lighting, and other smart devices in every room of your home.
Lowers homeowner’s insurance
Yes, you may be paying a monthly fee for your security system, but having the system in your home can lower your homeowner’s insurance by up to 20%. That, combined with instant access to police and emergency responders, makes an alarm system a pretty good deal.
Notifies you of fire or gas problems
You can opt to receive notifications if your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors go off when you’re away from home. Depending on the provider, you can even set it up so authorities are instantly notified of these emergencies.