Posted: October 25, 2017
Home security systems are wonderful things. They help protect your family and your valuables. Peace of mind is always within your grasp. That’s kind of the point, right? Of course. But, unbeknownst to many homeowners, home security systems offer more than just what meets the eye. Outside of deterring crime and helping protect your family, the additional benefits of a home security system include:
Provide peace of mind for visitors, babysitters, nannies, caretakers, and house sitters
Help you keep tabs on kids and elderly family members
Gives you flexibility for managing your pets
Offers extra protections against natural disasters
Could offer reductions in insurance premiums
Allow you to integrate with other home automation
Protect your loved ones in a medical emergency
Monitor invited guests
This collection of benefits will help ensure that you aren’t caught off your guard.
Are you at home all the time? For most of us, the answer is no. With the constant demands of work, extracurriculars, vacationing, and childcare, you may be enlisting the help of others to help you manage your home. In addition to making you feel safe and secure, home security systems have the added benefit of helping to safeguard any caretakers, house sitters, dog walkers, or babysitters you employ.
You got a home security system to keep the bad guys out, but it also helps you keep your loved ones in. For those with small children or elderly loved ones to care for, a home security system can be just the ticket for making sure they are safe and sound inside your home.
Elderly relatives with dementia or Alzheimer’s are known for going missing. Disorientation and confusion can cause adults to wander. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “6 out of 10 adults with dementia will wander.” Toddlers can also be clever little stinkers, letting themselves out the door without your consent. These wanderings can occur in as little time as it takes to start a load of laundry or use the restroom. Most home security systems come with door sensors so that you are immediately alerted if these doors are opened without your knowledge.
Juggling a busy schedule is difficult, but even more so if you have to search for missing loved ones.
For added peace of mind, a monitored system can even alert emergency services if a medical emergency should occur. In these situations, seconds can make all the difference. Monitored home security systems ensure someone always has an eye on your home and that emergencies are dealt with in a timely manner.
The possibilities for what you can do with your home are amazing. For those who grew up watching Star Trek, the technology available for homes seems almost like the future is now the present. Although your home security system can’t beam you from one room to another, it can integrate with lots of home automation products to help you achieve a better protected smart home.
Many home security systems can connect to
By tying it all together, you increase efficiency while helping to protect your home.
Our pets. We love ‘em. They are near and dear to our hearts, almost like our children. Door sensors, personalized codes, and camera feeds make it easier to manage the needs of your pets. Use your home security system to give your dog sitter access to your home or check in on your furry bundle to make sure they aren’t out roaming the streets without your knowledge. Protecting those you love is important, and that means making sure Fido is safe too.
Keeping shady characters out of your home is clearly an advantage of home security. But, what about those that you knowingly let into your home. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you or a family member mistakenly trusts someone that should not be given that privilege. If you have cameras installed as part of your home security system, you can keep tabs on untrustworthy people (even if you don’t know they’re untrustworthy).
Sadly, caretakers and family members can sometimes be the culprit in child victimization. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that
With startling numbers such as these, it is important that you use every tool at your disposal to help protect your family.
Many major insurance companies offer deductions in homeowner’s insurance for homes that are protected by monitored security systems. However, you should consult your agent if you are hoping to take advantage of reduced insurance premiums. Most insurance companies have regulations and require that your security system meet certain specifications to qualify.
Get the most bang for your buck by taking advantage of these extra benefits of home security.