Busting Myths: The Real Security Scoop
What do you think of when you think of “home security”? Do you envision an armed guard? Do you see a home shuttered in steel plates and ready for a zombie apocalypse?
There are so many myths about what home security actually is, and it’s changed so much over the years. It isn’t just a bell on a wall anymore; personal home security has evolved so much over the years as technology has made it easier to get connected with our homes.
Collecting all the answers to “What home security really is” can take a lot of time and effort. Lucky for you, we’ve done a little research and have put it all together!
Studies show: a sign doesn’t do everything. In burglaries, homes with security systems had 38% less losses than the homes without. Monitored alarms and the response by law enforcement play a big part in protecting your property.
By their own admittance, 90% of burglars report that they avoid homes with a security system. A burglar doesn’t break into homes indiscriminately. By protecting your home, you’ve also reduced your risk! Think of it as your security aura!
As advancements in technology have made cameras much less expensive and easier to manage than in the past. It’s easier than ever to have a home that’s plugged-in against crime! You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on state-of-the-art Hollywood cameras to get video protection. There are lots of capable and affordable options available to choose from!
Some people think that alarms “don’t actually help catch anyone.” What they don’t know is that with a fast response from law enforcement and affordable security cameras, it’s far easier to catch, identify, and prosecute burglars.
Modern motion sensorscan be easily calibrated to avoid your lovable family members. You don’t have to choose between having a protected home and your furry friends anymore. Just remember to put them outside when you test your alarms as loud noises can give them quite a scare.
“I have insurance so I’m covered. Right?”
Home insurance claims can get expensive. When a claim is filed for a burglary loss, the homeowner is responsible for the cost of the deductible as well as the possible spike in insurance premium. A security system protects you against these events occurring in the first place. Check to see if your monitoring company has a complementary protection such as SafetyNet which covers up to $1,000 of your deductible in the event of a loss. Or, check with your home insurance company to see if they offer discounts to people who have a monitored home security system.
“Home security is too expensive and it’s not available in my area!”
There are so many options available for home security monitoring that you can have it customized to fit your needs and budget. Monitoring is available for less than $1 per day, and getting your system installed is affordable as well. Check with your company about what offers are available for upgrading or installing a brand new system.
“My home security doesn’t lower insurance rates”
According to a recent study by the Electronic Security Association, a security system can make you eligible for insurance discounts. This makes it even more affordable to protect your home and protect your budget!
“I need a dedicated phone line in my home.”
Time’s have changed – and security has too! Home phone lines aren’t as common as they used to be, but that’s not an obstacle. Alarm panels can connect to monitoring stations by using GSM signals and cellular based technology. Think of it like a cell phone for your alarm system – convenient, simple, and it saves you money.
Understanding how security works allows you make more informed decisions on what is best for your family. Making choices that help you stay educated and connected can be extremely rewarding for your home and your family!