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Top 10 Reasons to Install a Home Security System

professional security installationInstalling a home security system can be costly, but not installing one could cost you even more. Below we will take a look at the top ten reasons to install a home security system or upgrading your existing home alarm system.

1. Protect Your Home and Family from Intruders

The biggest reason a homeowner should consider installing a home security system is that it offers protection to family members from intruders. According to “Securing Home and Business” by Simon Hakim/Erwin Blackstone, homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. This indicates that the mere presence of an alarm system is enough in most cases to protect the home and its occupants from break-in. In some cases, burglars may still target a home either knowingly or unknowingly when members of the family are inside. For the burglar who enters the home expecting it to be empty, finding members of the family inside can cause enough shock and panic to facilitate aggressive behavior. Having a security system in place often provides family members with enough warning to get to a safe location in our outside the home while the alarm system dispatches local authorities. For burglars that enter a home knowing that family members are inside, their intentions are often much more malicious and the home alarm system again serves as an early warning system and calls the authorities.

2. Protect Your Home and Family from Fires

The mention of home security systems tends to bring to mind home intrusion scenarios; however, these alarm systems also provide additional protection barriers for homeowners. While many home owners rely upon smoke alarms to warn them of a fire outbreak, home security systems offer an early warning system.

Smoke detector with smoke

Monitored home alarm systems will not only warn home occupants of the presence of smoke in the home, but they will also warn of sources of heat and contact authorities. The saying goes ‘where there is smoke, there is fire’ but it is also true that where there is heat, there could be a fire building which is why it is important to incorporate heat detectors into a fire prevention technique. While heat detectors can be purchased without the installation of a home security system, using a smoke detector alone will not signal authorities.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in just thirty seconds a small flame can turn in to a full blown fire. In just minutes of a fire breaking out, the home will be filled with thick black smoke that makes it impossible for family members to breathe. These two facts alone are enough to reinforce the importance of having a home security system that will signal authorities to respond to a house fire. Time is the biggest factor in any emergency, but in the case of fire, time is of the essence. A few seconds of a fire safety concern could mean death or the complete destruction of a home and all of its contents.

3. Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by a colorless and odorless gas that is found in combustion fumes. Within the home, carbon monoxide can be released from stoves, burning wood or charcoal, heating systems and gas ranges among other things.

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Since carbon monoxide is undetectable by the human senses, individuals are often blindsided by carbon monoxide poisoning that has been building up over time. In the human body, carbon monoxide is picked up by the red blood cells much more rapidly than oxygen is. As these blood cells release carbon monoxide into the blood, it begins to replace oxygen and this prevents tissues and organs from receiving necessary oxygen. The most severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning can result in death. Other symptoms may include: dizziness, headache, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and confusion.

Carbon monoxide leaks can be discovered via carbon monoxide detectors. These small devices resemble smoke detectors and can be purchased alone or as part of a home security system. Similar to a home alarm-monitored smoke detector, the benefit of having these devices installed as part of a home security system is that it provides emergency service dispatch as well as calling paramedics able to treat symptoms of CO poisoning. The faster individuals are able to leave the home and receive medical treatment, the less severe CO poisoning symptoms will be.

4. Provide Your Family with Peace of Mind

father and child looking at tabletThe presence of a home security system provides many families with a peace of mind knowing that their home is protected from a variety of devastating scenarios. When home owners are elderly, incapacitated in some way or frequently left home alone, this peace of mind is invaluable. For the elderly who may be unable to get out of a home with the speed required in many dangerous situations, home security systems dispatch authorities that are capable of assisting. For those who are incapacitated and unable to leave the home, home security systems not only monitor all areas of the home, but again, they dispatch authorities when needed. Some home security systems also provide medical alert pendants for users to wear that are designed to call for help for specific medical situations. Finally, home alarm systems are beneficial for families that often leave family members home alone. Whether it is children of working parents being left alone, or whether it is spouses of the military who are frequently left alone for extended periods, home security systems provide peace of mind.

5. Protect Your Valuables

home safeThroughout our lifetimes we collect and purchase a slew of items that have meaning to us. From sentimental inheritances to big ticket purchases, these things represent who we are and the accomplishments we have made. When burglars enter our home however, our feelings towards our possessions are the furthest thing from their minds, as they focus on the retail value of what they are taking. Each year it is estimated that there are some two and a half million burglaries across the United States. These burglaries cost homeowners some $3.1 billion with the average loss per burglary at around $1,700. For most homeowners, the presence of a home alarm system is enough to deter burglars but when it is not, it serves an additional function. As well as signaling authorities that the home has been burgled and increasing the chances that intruders will be caught, the cameras installed with many modern alarm systems catch the intruders in the act. Having visual documentation of the home intrusion increases the likelihood that the burglar will be identified for the crime committed. Video footage also helps homeowners create a record of what has been taken from their home during a burglary.

6. Having Someone Else to Monitor Your Home

One of the biggest benefits to having a monitored home security system is that it provides constant monitoring even when you are unable to do so yourself. Leaving town for business or going on vacation can be nerve wracking even with a home security alarm, but with monitoring services there is always someone to respond to emergency situations.

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These services do not act like house sitters, but they do track significant events and dispatch emergency personnel when needed. Home security systems are able to respond to alarms triggered as a result of a house fire, a carbon monoxide leak, a significant temperature drop or increase, an intruder, or a natural disaster such as a flood. Without the watchful eye of a monitoring company, the damage caused by these tragic events could be much worse than they otherwise would be.

7. Save on Homeowners Insurance

A house alarm will save you money on your homeowners insurance policyHomeowners insurance is a mandatory part of becoming a homeowner in most circumstances. The cost of this type of insurance coverage varies on location, coverage, payment plans, insurance company, type of house and a few other factors. Some people see homeowners insurance as a waste of money, those who have ever had to use it (or wish that had had it to use) will disagree.

Homeowner’s insurance is designed to cover private homes and the possessions therein from losses or damage that can occur as the result of a number of devastating events. Homeowner insurance covers most events such as fires, tornadoes and hurricanes. Flood insurance is generally not included and must be purchased separately since floods are a more common occurrence. The cost of homeowners insurance is generally not taken into consideration by first time homeowners when buying their home, but a significant discount is generally given to homeowners with home security systems installed. The total discount given as a result of homes having security systems differs based upon the features of the system (for instance, a system monitored by a central monitoring station should provide a larger discount compared to one that is not monitored) and the amount of coverage purchased initially and the company offering the insurance. In general, homeowners receive a 10-20% discount on their insurance by having a functioning home alarm system installed.

8. Keep an Eye on Your Home Remotely

For some homeowners, the ability to keep an eye on their home even when they are away is one of the biggest perks of having a home alarm system. As technology has improved, many home alarm systems now allow users to log on to the internet via their computers or smartphone and access their home security system remotely.

This type of system allows the home alarm to be remotely armed or disarmed, cameras to be monitored, household lights to be turned off and on, air conditioning or heating to be turned on or changed, and motion detectors to be monitored. All of these functions not only allow homeowners to watch for intruders, but they also help to protect the home remotely. Turning on lights at a specified time through remote access can help to give the illusion that someone is at home even when they are not. Accessing the heating or air conditioning can help to prepare the home for sudden temperature changes to prevent pipe damage and can also help to save on electric or gas bills. In most cases remote access comes with a small fee, but it offers homeowners the opportunity to take charge of their home even when they are out of town.

9. Get Medical Assistance When Needed

Medical conditions are a real concern for many homeowners and many home alarm companies offer medical alert pendants or emergency pulls. These types of devices are designed so that individuals can press a button or pull a cord and immediately have emergency services dispatched to their home. Most commonly these types of services are requested by children of elderly parents, family members of sick individuals and those living with loved ones who have special needs. One of the biggest concerns for family members of the elderly is the potential of falling; fortunately, with a medical alert feature, if an elderly person falls at home when they are alone, they can signal the authorities for help immediately. For families of sick or special needs individuals, this service can be used in a similar way, signaling authorities or medical professionals that assistance is needed in the event of seizures or other medical emergencies. This feature is not standard on many home security systems, but is common enough that it can be obtained for a fee. Or, click on over to see our recommendations for the best medical alert systems.

10. Reduce Energy Consumption in Your Home

Home automation is a relatively new concept and as such it is not offered by many home security companies yet but is becoming more popular. This service allows users to access and control the lighting, thermostat and, in some cases, small appliances of the home through remote access. Some homeowners utilize this feature to shut down heating and cooling when no one is home and log on to start it an hour or so before heading back to the home so they arrive to a comfortable home. Other home owners use this feature to turn on lighting in the home before they leave their office so they do not have to enter an unlit home. This feature is also beneficial for deterring intruders since it allows homeowners to make it look as though someone is home when they are not. Jump on over to see our top recommendations for the best home automation systems that will help reduce the energy consumption in your home.

Additional Reasons Why You Should Install a Home Security System

  • Security systems not only protect family and possessions, but they also provide protection for pets. If a fire were to break out when no one but the family pet was home, without a home alarm system that pet would be doomed.
  • Home security systems allow for homeowners to secure less frequented areas of the home such as the basement and the garage. This makes it more difficult for intruders to take their preferred methods of entry into the home and go unnoticed.
  • Home security systems mean that homeowners do not have to depend upon neighbors to watch over their home when they are away. There is less chance of human error with alarm systems.
  • Home alarm systems prevent home intruders from staying too long if they do gain access to the house since there is a higher likelihood of them being scared away when an alarm is sounding loudly.
  • Modern wireless alarm systems are affordable and much easier to set up and maintain than the wired systems of the past.
  • Having a home alarm system installed actually increases your home value when it comes to selling your home. As an added bonus, it also keeps your home protected throughout the selling process where a number of strangers will be inside your home.
  • Homes with security systems installed have a quicker emergency response time because they cut out the middle man and directly contact authorities for faster dispatch.
  • The majority of large home protection companies offer 24/7 monitoring and support of their alarm systems which reduces the likelihood that the alarm system will fail and your home safety would be at risk.
  • Some home alarm systems that come equipped with outdoor cameras allow for homeowners and their families to see who is at the front door without going close to it. This feature is particularly useful for families with children of  working parents who often have to leave children at home alone.

Facts to Consider

If you still have any doubts about whether or not your home or family could benefit from purchasing a home alarm system take a look at some of the following facts:

  • Approximately every twenty seconds a home fire is reported.
  • House fires are the third leading cause of fatal home injury in the nation.
  • Each year fires kill more people in the United States than all natural disasters combined.
  • 39% of residential fires and 52% of residential fatalities from fires occur in homes with no smoke alarms.
  • 70% of all burglaries occur in residential properties.
  • Every 14.5 seconds a robbery is reported.
  • Most burglaries take place between 10am and 3pm when the majority of homeowners are at work.
  • 8% of robberies are committed with a gun according to the FBI’s crime statistics.
  • The majority of burglars gain entry to the home via the front door, back door and first floor windows.
  • FBI crime statistics state that during 60% of reported burglaries, someone was at home.
  • Only 13% of reported burglaries are solved by the police.
  • Only 15% of property that is stolen in burglaries is ever recovered by the police.
  • Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths between 2005 and 2009 were the result of fires in homes without smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

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12 responses to “Top 10 Reasons to Install a Home Security System”

  1. it is a very well written blog covering all the aspects of home security. Not just theft, but CO poisoning, fire, remote monitoring, and insurance is also covered. After all home is the place which is supposed to be the safest place for any individual.

  2. To protect your family from any threat or to keep your property safe or to protect your pets or to protect your home from fire and other potential threats, you should install security camera in your home. It will helpful in keeping an eye to your home.

  3. I’ve been selling security and home automation for 5 years door to door for a very big company that I will leave un named on here. Due to my own insecurities and love for other human beings I tried to guilt my self for selling people and charging their accounts 44-80$ every month, I realize this is only because I’m the one selling it so I’m hard on my self. At the end of the day even trying to beat my self up over being a sales man bottom line it is a good product.
    I sell very honestly I just feel bad for people that are poor that really want one and can verily afford it or even worse people that want one or can’t afford it or have bad credit. At the end of the day I will all ways have one for my wife and especially
    Once I have kids.
    I truly feel the safety and peace of mind and cool factor of controlling your home remotely out weighs the cost of monthly monitoring! You can actually stop drinking soda or choose 1 bad habit that waste money and 1
    1.75$ cent soda a day cutting that out of your daily routine can actually afford you a home alarm system with some automation pieces as well. I spent 10$ today just on kimbuchas drinks and water. I could of easily drank tap water and afforded it. I think at the end of the day if people’s priorities are straight they will get a system if it isn’t genuinely taking food off the table.

    As a salesman I am honest and would love to keep doing my job door to door for years to come. So I appreciate this article and glad to hear that what I’m selling is a great thing. I think so but I get so much rejection only cuz it’s door to door that some people get in my
    Head. Even with how hard I criqtizue myself at the end of the day I stand behind his product.

    Unfortuneately we live in a world where everyone needs one. Even though I have made a ton of $ over the last 5 years due to the horribleness of the world and me selling a solution I wish we lived in a world where people don’t need one but that isn’t the case in 2017. I’ll have to keep overcoming these mental walls and I will give my 100 percent all to honestly provide the best service and set up and customize the systems and love every single one of my

  4. This is some very valuable information for any homeowner or parent. I had no idea that security systems could provide protection from fires and gas leaks. And I do agree that simply having the system installed makes you feel safer immediately, and peace of mind is a huge asset. Thanks so much for writing, this was very helpful in my decision-making process.

  5. At the end of the day, you're only as safe as your neighbor. If you have a house that's:

    • more readily accessible
    • doesn't appear as secure
    • doesn't have an alarm system (or security system yard sign)
    • you have a predictable pattern of entering and exiting your home
    • you live closer to the city center

    then you're more likely to get burglarized.

  6. As a professional alarm installer, my personal Top Two Reasons for installing a home security system are:

    1. An alarm system removes the element of surprise and danger associated with a burglar breaking into your home at night UNANNNOUNCED while you are inside sleeping.  The MOST IMPORTANT usage of a residential alarm system is when you are the most vulnerable, which is when you are asleep.  No physical harm can occur to you if you are away from your residence while it is being burglarized.
    2. Upon returning home and disarming your security system, even from a very brief absence while you were at the corner convenience store, the alarm keypad will immediately indicate to you that: “While you were gone nothing happened” or “BE CAREFUL – – Here’s what occurred in your absence”.  The alarm keypad’s warning message will prevent homeowners from walking into the home and confronting burglars who may still be inside the residence.

    My reason Number 2 is especially important for homeowners who don’t have interactive notifications from their alarm panels being sent to their cell phones advising them that an alarm has occurred at their home.  Additionally, some homeowners have “local alarm systems” that are not subscribed to monitoring services while others have monitoring by a telephone line that the burglars have cut before entering the home.

    I don’t like the over-usage of the word “protection” within the alarm industry, especially when it is applied to security systems.  “Protection” is best obtained from armed security guards with trained attack dogs.

    Alarm systems cannot guarantee “protection” to homeowners, which you have clearly indicated.  Alarm systems reduce the risk of being victimized and in your own words are “an early warning system which notifies the authorities”.

    You’ve made an excellent recommendation that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in all homes.  While they could be stand-alone devices which are not connected to the alarm panel, you’ve pointed out the advantage that a monitored smoke detector could save the life of a pet in an unoccupied home, which most people may not recognize.

    Additionally, a monitored smoke detector may enable the homeowner to receive additional discounts  on their home insurance policy, (on TOP of the 5 – 10% rebate that you indicated was offered for having an alarm system), since the Fire Department is dispatched SOONER by the monitoring station staff, when the fire is still smoldering.  If the smoke detector is not monitored, the Fire Department might only be called when the neighbors see the flames gushing out of the home’s windows and roof.

    One the greatest unmentioned advantages of a monitored smoke or carbon monoxide detector is that the home’s siren(s) which are connected to the alarm panel will ALSO sound if a smoke or carbon monoxide detector is activated, in ADDITION to the alerts produced from the actual detectors.  There will be much more NOISE inside and outside the home with a monitored smoke detector connected to your alarm panel, which helps ensure that people will be awakened if the fire breaks out during the night.

    Home automation and energy reduction through an interactive alarm system is relatively new, so it is great for you to point this out to your readers.  Only a few short years ago, home automation would have cost thousands of dollars!

    The biggest benefit of “tying”’ your alarm system into your home heating system is that the temperature in the home will be reduced automatically every time that the alarm system is armed in AWAY mode.  It will be automatically raised when you return home and DISARM the security system.

    Instead of heating your home when it’s empty, the interactive system lowers the temperature for you since it “knows” that everyone will be AWAY!  This can add up to substantial savings in a year.

    Thanks Amy for another GREAT article!

  7. This article brings up several great points. A lot of these items people never consider. While I already knew about protecting your home from carbon monoxide and such, I had never thought about the green aspect of home defense. I knew you could adjust the lighting to make it appear as though someone is home, but never considered using this feature to cut energy costs.

    I've been considering a home security system for quite some time. I'm especially interested in companies that allow you to control the system from your smartphone and give you the ability to lock down your home with a simple click of a remote located on your keychain.

    Also, as a pet owner, being able to protect my pets while I'm away is very important. I think every pet owner was drawn to the ADT commercial that featured a dog being saved due to the fire alert part of the system. Who doesn't want to keep their pets safe? However, I'm not interested in going with a company like ADT, due to their poor reviews. I've been more interested in do it yourself systems that are a bit more costly, but aren't controlled by a shady company.

    • I love the company I sell for. Won’t even name them cuz I want it to be genuine. But that’s what we specialize in. 5 years into my door to door career I have been through a lot and I love all the features you just mentioned

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