Most people think of their pets as full-fledged family members and want to do everything possible to keep them safe, healthy and happy. According to Marketplace.org, Americans spend at least $50 billion per year on their furry, feathered and scaly friends, with the average dog or cat owner spending more than $600 per year on health care for a companion animal.*
Have you ever wondered if your home security system
can help keep your pets safer? It turns out that there are numerous ways home security systems can help protect your furry friends. Here are five such ways…
1. Home security systems help protect animals targeted by thieves.
Burglars generally target small, high-value electronics, cash and jewelry; but presented with the opportunity, some thieves will make off with high-value pets as well. In fact, birds and exotic pets, which are often small enough to be easily portable, may be targeted by burglars as they try to maximize their gains from a burglary. A monitored home security system that immediately alerts law enforcement when a break-in is detected can help reduce the chances of a thief making off with a beloved family pet and causing the heartbreak that would follow.
2. Smart home technology helps keep pets safe and healthy.
Today, increasing numbers of home security systems can be tied in with "smart home" technology, which helps homeowners manage lights, thermostats, and other home systems in an economically efficient way. Some smart home sensors can alert homeowners if the temperature inside the home drops below or exceeds a certain level – a level which could be dangerous to some family pets. Dogs, cats, and other pets can be harmed by extreme temperatures just as humans can, and smart home technology can help ensure that these temperature extremes are corrected, or that owners can arrange for pets to be taken to a safe location if they are in danger.
3. Properly aimed sensors prevent false alarms while maximizing safety.
Many homeowners worry about dogs and cats tripping motion detectors and causing false alarms. While false alarms are problematic with some home security systems, systems installed by trained and skilled professionals include properly calibrated and properly aimed sensors that minimize the chances of a pet triggering the system. In the absence of well-aimed and calibrated sensors, some homeowners may be tempted to disarm the system, potentially putting their home and pets at increased risk. At Protect Your Home, our motion sensors feature pet immunity, meaning that the motion detectors won’t detect animals weighing less than 60 pounds.
4. Home security systems are a safety net to your pet sitter.
Home security systems bring increased peace of mind to homeowners who are traveling for work or on vacation. Many pet owners choose to enlist the services of a pet sitter to care for pets while they're away, to minimize stress on pets that may not do well when boarded in kennels. Those with home security systems can set up their system with a temporary access code that the pet sitter can use to enter the premises. During the times when the pet sitter is away, homeowners can feel confident that if the system is triggered, monitoring personnel will notify them. Additionally, giving a temporary access code to a pet sitter means that you can go back and check when the pet sitter came and went.
5. Window cling decals inform emergency personnel.
People with home security systems often place signs or decals on the premises warning potential burglars that the home is protected by a security system. In many cases, window decals are available with space homeowners can fill in to inform emergency responders that there are animals inside the home. This helps keep animals safe, because emergency responders learn upon arrival to be on the lookout for family pets. Such decals add extra protection to a home safety and security strategy.
Most families consider their pets to be family members and want to do everything they can to keep them safe, healthy and happy. Home security system providers offer many protections that give pet owners added peace of mind of knowing that their beloved pets are less likely to be victims of burglary and are more likely to be rescued in the event of an emergency.