8 Reasons Why Home Security Systems Are Important

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Woman holding iPhone controlling home security system (caption: Why Home Security Systems Are Important)Home security systems are important for many reasons. Not only can they alert you of unexpected activity in your home, but they can also give you peace of mind, save you money on bills and more. Read about 8 benefits to having a home security system.

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1. Secure Your Home & Family

The top reason to install a security system is to protect your family and property from intruders.

A burglary takes place every 25.7 seconds in the United States.1 And homes and businesses without a security system are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar.2

These stats show that the presence of home security equipment, yard signs and window stickers can be enough to protect you from a break-in. However, some burglars may still take their chances.

The good news is that when burglars enter a home with a security system, in most cases the alarm will be enough to send scare them off. And if not, you’ll be alerted in plenty of time to find a safe location inside or outside your home while the monitoring station dispatches authorities.

2. Early Warning Of Fire & Carbon Monoxide

A home security system can alert you and the monitoring station at the first sign of fire or CO (carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly, odorless gas emitted from cars, natural gas lines, and more) in your home. This can make the difference between saving family, pets and your home’s structure or losing lives and all your valuables.

Nest protect with smoke (image in text: best smoke detector)Many home security systems offer interconnected smoke detectors and CO detectors that notify you when they sense a hazard. Having these devices installed in your home can save your family’s lives.

Consider just one scenario: you’re at work and your children are at school, but someone accidentally left the iron on. One of your pets knocks it over and a fire begins to engulf your home. Thanks to the smoke alarms connected to your security system, the monitoring station dispatches the fire department to your home. Firefighters can contain the fire to a smaller area of your home and save your pets’ lives as well. Without the monitored fire detectors, your home may burn to the ground and your family would be mourning the loss of their furry family members.

3. Keep Tabs On Loved Ones

Many home security systems allow the owner to add other users or emergency contacts to the account. This can provide peace of mind for parents of school-age children, people with elderly parents or those of you with pets. Woman on floor with dog (caption: Best Home Security System For Pet Owners)

Parents can check in on their children when they arrive home on the school bus by viewing your home alarm system’s activity and cameras.

Additionally, people can make sure their elderly parents’ security systems are equipped with a medical alert system or panic button. And if you miss your furry pals during the day, you can check in on your pets to make sure they’re safe and happy. These devices can send help to a loved one at the push of a button.

4. Protect Your Valuables

Whether it’s a family heirloom with sentimental value or jewels worth thousands of dollars, we’ve all collected items that we don’t want to lose.

The average loss per burglary in 2018 was $2,799.3 That’s a big loss financially and an even bigger loss if the items stolen have sentimental value.

Your system notifies you the moment someone enters your home and  dispatches authorities. Not to mention, the sound of the alarm going off may deter the burglar enough to leave immediately.

5. Professionals Are Monitoring Your Home

Customer service rep at home security companySigning up for a professionally monitored security system means your home is being watched 24/7, even while you’re in a remote area of the world on vacation with your family. Monitoring professionals will respond to any emergencies that occur, giving you the peace of mind you need to relax on your trip.

If a sensor triggers while you’re away, the monitoring station will dispatch authorities to your home. This makes it more likely for police to find the thief and recover your stolen items, instead of you returning after a week-long trip unsure when the burglary took place and having to dig around to discover what was taken.

6. Save On Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance offers financial protection in the event of a loss or damage caused by various tragic events. But homeowners insurance can be a hefty monthly bill that many first-time homebuyers fail to consider in their budget.

By having a working home security system installed in your home, you can save on homeowners insurance or renters insurance.

The amount of money you can save varies by the company you use, but it’s not uncommon to save 5-15% on the policy.

7. Check In On Your Home Via An App

ADT Doorbell AppMany home security companies have apps that allow you to monitor your security system remotely. You can arm and disarm your system through the app and check to see if any sensors have been triggered.

Additionally, if you have any cameras, smart locks or home automation equipment installed, you can view and control these devices. Apps also allow you to grant someone access into your home (like a dog sitter) or turn the lights on or off to make it appear like you’re home.

8. Save On Your Energy Bill

Many home security systems offer integrated home automation equipment. Installing home automation equipment like a smart thermostat and lighting can help reduce your energy consumption. You can access the devices via an app and can turn off any lights you accidentally left on or adjust the thermostat, so it’s not cranking out the AC while you’re gone all day.

What Security System Should I Buy?

As you can see, having a home security system can provide many benefits. But which one should you buy? We’ve compared some of the top home security systems and ranked the top ones. Our comparison includes pros, cons, pricing, equipment lineup and more.

In your opinion, what’s the best reason to have a home security system?

Sources: [1] FBI Crime Clock, [2] Securing Home and Business, [3] FBI 2018 Crime Report 

About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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