It’s impossible to overstate the importance of making sure that your home and your family are always safe. According to FBI crime statistics released last year: “There were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for an estimated $390 million in losses (average dollar value of stolen property per reported robbery was $1,190).
Without technology, some simple ways to reduce the likelihood of a burglary included things like:
- · Making every household member aware of some basic safety rules, like locking doors and shutting windows.
- · Teaching children how to dial emergency services and ask for help.
- · Removing house keys from hiding places.
- · Chaining long ladders in the garage so nobody could use them to climb up to the upper story windows.
While these commonsense security measures were helpful in deterring petty criminals, they didn’t afford as much security as alarm systems that are now available for a low monthly fee. Today’s technological security measures can even outsmart the most seasoned burglars. In fact, even if someone managed to break in when nobody was home, everything they did could be recorded while authorities were being alerted about the burglary.
While there is a wide choice of security technology that you can use to safeguard your home, the most practical and efficient systems include alarm monitoring services.
Benefits of a Monitored Home Alarm System
While the most obvious benefit of a monitored home alarm system is to protect families, household assets and valuables, as well as deter people from even trying to break in, they provide many more benefits.
Here, for example, five benefits you may never have even thought about before:
- A monitored home alarm system lets you get remote access to your home.
If you’re driving to work and remembered that you forgot to lock the front door but there is nobody at home to call about it, you don’t have to drive back home to lock the door. You can just use your smartphone to lock it. You can also check other things you may have forgotten to do using your smartphone—like adjust the thermostat or turn off the bathroom lights or switch off the curling iron.
- A monitored home alarm system lets you monitor rooms and control house lights during your vacations.
If a neighbor calls while you’re on vacation to say that he heard some suspicious noise in the house, you can monitor what’s happening in the house via cameras that have been installed throughout your home. You can also record clips if you do see someone prowling around the house which can be used for police evidence in identifying the burglar.
Additionally, you can turn the lights on in the house in the evenings, giving the impression that someone is home.
- A monitored home alarm system lets you lower your homeowner’s insurance.
Home insurers are willing to lower insurance costs by as much as 20% once you inform them about your monitored alarm system.
- A monitored home alarm system lets you monitor elderly people and children.
If you’re on a business trip and worried that your teenage children are having wild parties, all you have to do is to use your mobile app to access your remote cameras. Similarly, if there is an elderly parent living at home, you can monitor if they’re doing okay when you’re at work.
- A monitored home alarm system lets you monitor your home environment.
If you’ll be away from home for some time, you can set up an arrangement with local authorities to be notified if there are any smoke, fire, flood, or carbon monoxide dangers. It’s also possible to monitor your home for things like temperature and humidity.
- A monitored home alarm system lets you get immediate notification of a break in.
A burglary monitoring system will notify you if anyone tries to force open the door or windows or break the glass. A motion detector will also notify you if someone is prowling around the garden inspecting the house for an entryway.
It’s About Peace of Mind
Knowing that you have a comprehensive home safety plan of action that includes burglary monitoring, environmental monitoring, live camera streaming, remote access, and home automation gives you peace of mind when you’re away from home.