When torn between investing in a home security system and otherwise, the simplest way to arrive at a decision is to consider that while you have to put down some money to acquire a home security system, not using one can cost you much more when the consequences set in (on the average, a break-in leads to over £2,000 in loss).
In addition, a home security system—whether you make use of multiple door and window locks or use security alarms and CCTV surveillance—comes with many benefits and you should have those benefits in mind while you decide. Here are some of them:
Protection from Intruders
An attempted burglary occurs every 45 seconds in the UK. And every 76 seconds, a successful one happens, 59% of which results in property damage or loss.
A study published in the National Archives suggests that people with multiple home security devices are associated with lower risk of being a victim of burglary, while another study suggests that over 70% of properties that suffered burglary had no burglar alarm system.
This shows how vital a home security system is for protection against intruders. While quality locks will make break-ins difficult, an alarm system can alert you, your neighbours, and the police of an intrusion, and a CCTV surveillance system can help identify intruders.
Protection Against Fire
Home security isn’t only meant to protect you and your home from external threats but from internal ones too. That’s why there are alarm systems (like heat and smoke detectors) to alert you and, sometimes, the fire service department, of fire outbreaks or even an impending one. There are also windows with special fire glass (toughened or laminated) that can prevent fire and heat from transferring from one side of the window to the other side.
Remotely Control and Monitor Your Home
Whether you want to keep an eye on your home when you are away, or have a security company do it for you, home security systems have evolved to make it very possible. With CCTV cameras, you can check on what’s happening in your home by simply using your mobile phone or laptop with an internet connection. You can even program your lights to turn on and off at certain times of the day and night to create an illusion of you being at home. You can also use motion detector lighting to expose and repel unsuspecting intruders at night when you aren’t around.
Know Who’s at the Door
Some home alarm systems are equipped with security cameras that can be stationed on the outside of your home. Thus, when someone knocks or rings the bell, you get to see who it is first and whether the person has a weapon out before you open. In this case, if it’s an unfamiliar face, a suspicious one, someone that has been harassing you, or some other form of threat, you can easily refuse to open the door and then call the police. Even if the threat decides to break in, you have at least already gotten a head start.
Quick Access to Medical Help
With the many advancements in technology, there are now medical alert pendants or emergency pulls you can procure from your lock and security system provider. With a simple press of a button or pull of a cord, your security company will have emergency medical help dispatched to your home.
While this is not a standard home security feature, it can be extremely beneficial if you have an elderly person or children living with you.
In the society we currently live in, security and safety are necessities. Give your home the best security system it can get and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you, your family, and your belongings are safe and secure.