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Why home security systems are worth the investment

Content writer, Aus-Secure

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Jade Buckland is a content writer for Aus-Secure. In between writing blog articles related to business and home security, he spends his free time planning her next travel adventure.
September 13, 2017

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With inflation outstripping wage growth, most of us are trying harder to find ways to save money.

We might cut down electricity usage and avoid unnecessary expenses. Perhaps, you consider a home security system as a luxury you can’t afford.

However, when the well-being and safety of your loved ones are so important to you, you might consider a reliable home security system as a valuable investment – especially when it can lower your insurance premiums and actually save you money.

We’ve prepared a list of this and other advantages to installing a good security system.

Peace of mind

It is undeniable that we live in a dangerous world. In Australia alone – where I live – there are more than 200,000 burglaries every year. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, 20% of burglary victims will have their homes broken into more than once.

If this happens to your family, it can take a long time to recover from the trauma.

Burglars are finding ingenious ways to steal cars without even entering the house, making security gates a worthwhile investment

And it’s a similar story in the UK and other advanced economies.

Your loved ones should feel safe inside your home and consider it as a safe haven. While alarm systems do not guarantee 100% security, they can still make a huge difference.

Protect your assets

We also want our family to live a happy and comfortable life. That is why we spend most of our waking hours trying to provide for them.

It can be devastating to have all our hard-earned possessions taken away from us in one night.

Burglars are finding ingenious ways to steal cars without even entering the house, making security gates a worthwhile investment.

Burglars often take items with sentimental value to us too. What if they steal the last piece of jewellery that a departed loved one gave you? What if they take a mobile phone filled with pictures of your kids growing up?

When you install a reliable security system, you can prevent this from happening. It is better to be prepared and spend a little over your budget than be regretful in the end.

Visual documentation of the crime

Burglars themselves have told that CCTV cameras (along with barking dogs) are the best deterrent. And where they don’t deter, they can visually document the crime and be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution.

Monitor your home

We often worry about home security the most when we’re away on holiday or a business trip. Luckily, security systems and surveillance cameras can now be monitored remotely from your phone and send alerts if a break-in is suspected.

If burglars see CCTV or motion detectors installed around your property, they’ll probably remove you from their hitlist

If alerts are triggered then you can visually verify if there’s an intruder and alert the police if so; if you don’t get an alert, then you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

Discourage burglary attempts

Burglars only need about eight to 12 minutes to accomplish their goals. However, when they hear the blaring siren of your security system, they usually make a quick exit without taking much or anything, knowing that the police are just a few moments away.

You can mount motion detectors on your windows and doors. When someone comes near them or tries to damage an entry point, the sensors will either light up or sound the alarm.

Before committing the crime, burglars usually observe the house they are targeting. If they see that you have CCTV or motion detectors installed around your property, they will probably remove you from their hitlist.

Thieves prefer to commit crimes in darkness and cameras and light triggering motion sensors pose a big problem.

Protection during a fire

Investing on a smoke alarm is also necessary – especially when you live in a bushfire zone or you have elderly people in your house. When someone forgets to turn off the stove, you can be alerted and take preventative action.

But what if the smoke alarm goes off and no one is in your home? What if no one hears the alarm?

Well, you will be delighted to know that there are smoke alarms that can be connected to a third-party monitoring company. So even when no one is at home, someone can alert the authorities and dispatch firefighters to your house.

Lower your insurance premium

When you improve the level of security of your home, you can get lower home and contents insurance premiums. When your insurance company sees that you are taking preventative measures in securing your home, they will consider your house as less of a risk.

You can even ask for a discount on your premium.

Emergency medical assistance

If you live with elderly loved ones or with relatives who suffer from certain medical conditions, you can find systems that can be customised to include medical emergency features.

Your loved ones can wear a pendant that can be connected to the security system. In the event of a medical emergency, they just have to press the button on their pendant and a medical team will be dispatched to your home right away – giving you peace of mind when they’re at home alone.

Home security systems are definitely a valuable investment. To enjoy maximum benefits, you can contact a security specialist and ask them about other safety features you can install, such as roller shutters, security doors and infill grills.

 

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James Anderson
James Anderson
May 15, 2018 1:39 am

I totally agree that installing a reliable security system helps prevent the theft of one’s hard-earned possessions and at the same time ensure that the people inside the house or establishment are safe. One of our friends mentioned that he will be putting up a business that will hold an inventory. I’ll mention this to him so that he can consider getting a security system installation to take care of the alarms for him.

Heidi Bookenstock
Heidi Bookenstock
August 3, 2018 7:57 pm

My family and I live in a pretty safe area. Even so, my husband thinks it would be a good idea to install a security system at our home. I had no idea it could lower the premium on our insurance because our house will be considered less of a risk.

Olivia Pearson
Olivia Pearson
October 29, 2018 1:44 pm

I like how you said that burglars get discouraged by a home alarm system going off. I think that in addition to this, if burglars even see that you have a security system, they will leave and not even attempt to enter your home and put themselves at risk of being caught. My husband and I just moved into a home in a new neighborhood. We’ll have to find a home alarm installation service in our area that can help us protect our home and family, and discourage even the attempts of burglary.

https://regionalsecuritynsw.com.au/alarm-systems/

Henry Killingsworth
Henry Killingsworth
January 31, 2020 11:07 pm

I found it helpful when you explained that one of the advantages of a home security system is that it offers a physical deterrence to keep potential thieves from observing your property. The front of my house has some big windows on it, and I am worried that someone will eventually be tempted to try and break through them. It seems like it would be a really good idea to have a security system installed.

rachel frampton
rachel frampton
February 12, 2020 11:10 am

There was a stealing incident at my dad’s house last week, unfortunately, this happened due to the lack of security. I guess you made a pretty good about how installing a CCT or motion detector can help discourage burglars’ attempts. I guess we better start looking for an alarm security system.

Bob Newton
Bob Newton
February 20, 2020 4:14 pm

It’s good that you point out that a home security system is a great way to protect your home and family. I want my family to be as safe as possible in our home, so I’m considering having a security system installed. I’m going to look for a good company that can sell me a home security system.

Jenna Hunter
Jenna Hunter
March 4, 2020 11:12 pm

My cousin is thinking about getting a home security system so that he can protect his belongings and feel more safe. He would really like to get it from a professional so that he can keep an eye on it and be altered when it is tripped. I liked what you said about how it will be able to detect when people come up to them and when they are damaged. https://absolutessi.com/burglar-alarms/

rachel frampton
rachel frampton
April 15, 2020 12:27 am

I have been planning to have an alarm security system installed in my house because burglars were able to penetrate my property the other day. I guess I made the right decision because according to you, visual documentation of the crime can provide solid evidence. Also, I never knew that a security system can be monitored via phone. https://onguardsecurity.net/alarm-system/