You’ve seen those little signs poking out of flower beds or glued to windows — indicators that a home is protected by a security system. And you probably thought they were tacky. But perhaps you should think of them more like a home’s bodyguard.
According to a study by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation, 83 percent of home invasion offenders said they’d look for that little sign (along with cameras, etc.) before considering breaking in. For them, it’s just not worth the hassle, forcing many of them to move on to another house.
For most of us, our homes are our important assets, so why not make sure we can do everything to protect it as well as its occupants? If you have not yet thought about adding a home security system, here are a few things to consider.
Peace of mind tops the list — as long as you don’t just install the system but use it daily. Today’s security systems are nothing like previous generations’ versions. Smart home systems can be controlled from a mobile phone app, enabling you to control motion detectors and window sensors for whatever you deem necessary.
Today’s security setups are much more visually subtle than those of the past, but what they add to that peace of mind is no small matter. No longer must you answer a doorbell from a solicitor or canvasser when you have the ability to see who is at the front door using your phone.
Law enforcement officials generally endorse the use of security systems as a tool and agree they are more effective than a barking dog. Now more affordable and more customizable than ever, security systems offer you the power to either automatically or manually turn lights on and off at different times of day while you are away. Illuminate your entry light at 8 pm, your family room lights by 9:30, and turn your kitchen or master bedroom lights on and off after that — pretty much as many times as you want using your smartphone or setting it all up ahead of time. TVs or radios can be controlled remotely, making would-be thieves think twice after putting their ears to the window.
It’s possible to install your own system, with kits available online, but it’s also wise to see which features may not be included compared to systems professionally installed and proceed accordingly. Having the assurance that you can press a button and summon the fire department or law enforcement may make you reconsider installing a self-contained DIY system.Source: TBWS
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