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Little Known Benefits of a Home Security System

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:

  1. Provide peace of mind for visitors, babysitters, nannies, caretakers, and house sitters

  2. Help you keep tabs on kids and elderly family members

  3. Gives you flexibility for managing your pets

  4. Offers extra protections against natural disasters

  5. Could offer reductions in insurance premiums

  6. Allow you to integrate with other home automation

  7. Protect your loved ones in a medical emergency

  8. Monitor invited guests

This collection of benefits will help ensure that you aren’t caught off your guard.

comforting the caretakers

Comforting the caretakers

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.

Know who’s coming and who’s going

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.

automation and protection

Automation and protection

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

  • Video cameras are essential for monitoring. Some have the capability of recording footage, while others can show live feed via a smartphone app. Either way, video cameras can help you keep tabs on your loved ones.
  • Smart locks give you the ability to open and close doors with an app and assign codes to visitors.
  • Smart thermostats allow you to manage your energy consumption with learned habits, remote access, and customizable programming schedules.
  • Flood sensors let you know if flood conditions exist in your home before problems occur.
  • Smoke alarms integrate with home security so that you can perform tests to make sure they are functioning correctly. Integration also ensures that you receive notifications for low batteries and the appropriate authorities are notified in an emergency.
  • Smart lighting can connect with home security to automate lighting for burglary deterrence and to conserve energy.
  • Voice technology like Alexa can be used to control your home automation with simple voice commands.
  • Garage door openers can also be connected so that you can enjoy remote control of garage access. Your home security system can also send notifications if the garage door is mistakenly left open.
  • Smart doorbells: Products like the Ring doorbell come equipped with a video camera. You can see who is at your door even if you aren’t home.

By tying it all together, you increase efficiency while helping to protect your home.

fortifying fido

Fortifying Fido

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.

Friend or foe?

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

  • Family members are responsible for 53.3 percent of crimes committed against children
  • Acquaintances commit 36.7 percent of crimes against children
  • Caretakers account for 4.2 percent of crime against children

With startling numbers such as these, it is important that you use every tool at your disposal to help protect your family.

who doesnt love saving money

And who doesn’t love saving money?

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.