To some people, a home security system may seem excessive. After all, you lock your doors when you leave home and live in a safe neighborhood. But the FBI reports that in 2013 (the latest crime stats), there were an estimated 8.6 million property crimes. And although that’s a drop from the previous year, it’s still a number that can leave you worried. However, as we’ll discuss more below, one of the best ways to protect yourself from home burglaries and theft is to equip your house with a home security system. Need more information? Read on to find out why this is a great investment.
1. Keep an eye on your house when you’re not home. About 75% of all burglaries are residential, and most of those break-ins occur between 10AM and 3PM when homeowners are at work. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of new technology is that it gives you a way to be in several places at once. Even if you’re at work or on vacation, a sophisticated alarm system can send instant updates to your phone. You can know the moment someone enters or exits your home, or even have notifications sent to you when a contractor arrives or your child gets home from school. Having a home security system eliminates the possibility of unknowingly coming home to a burglary or emergency.
2. Prevention is possible. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that homes with security systems are 60 percent less likely to be the victim of a burglary. Just the presence of an alarm system can be enough to thwart a thief.
3. Protect your valuable belongings. In 2011, victims of burglaries suffered a loss of over $4.8 billion, with the average loss per burglary offense being $2,185. While it’s certainly a wise idea to invest in a safe for expensive and important items, that still won’t cover any property damages or arbitrary items stolen to pawn off.
4. Save money on homeowners insurance. In many states, including Texas, you can actually get a discount for installing a home security system or fire alarm. Some companies offer discounts of up to 20 percent! With the combination of insurance and a competent alarm system, you can have peace of mind that in the event of an emergency, your home is safe. Investing in your security truly pays off.
Installing a home alarm security system in your house may seem like a huge undertaking, but if you let the pros take care of it, your job will be easy. All you’ll have to do is customize your security system to meet your needs.
If you’re interested in finding out more about AllWire’s customized security systems, home safety is just a phone call away at 210-301-1402.