The Benefits Homeowners Should Understand About Home Security Systems

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The number of property crimes in the country has been declining steadily since the 1980s. There are currently 3,520 property crimes for every 100,000 people each year. Nearly 42 percent of these crimes involved property theft. Over 60 percent of these thefts targeted residential homes. A home security system will help to protect a house and family from this type of crime. Security systems monitor many different aspects of a home. Some sense when doors or windows are opened. Others detect motion in different rooms. Homeowners who are considering installing a security system will want to understand some key benefits.


The main benefit of a security system in the home is safety. All systems will sound an alarm if an intruder attempts to enter the home while the sensors are active. The alarm could be a loud sound or a combination of visual and audio indicators. The alarm might also automatically alert local authorities that an intruder is trying to enter the home. This can prevent property theft or damage. It will also alert anyone inside of the house so that members of the family can stay aware and get to a safe location.


Home security systems are very valuable because they will work constantly whether the family is home or not. Some even have backup power supplies so that the system works even if a storm or other issue causes a power outage. This means that families can travel for days or weeks at a time without worrying about the state of the house. Some larger systems have wireless cameras and other sensors that families can check from any location with an Internet connection. This provides peace of mind while away from the house.

Environmental Warnings

Modern home security systems often have a variety of different sensors in order to protect the residents of the house. A system could have sensors to detect carbon monoxide, smoke and fire. Some include thermal sensors that detect changes in temperature. All of these can be used to keep a family safe and a house comfortable. Wireless systems can even send alerts to a cell phone or email account informing the homeowner that some environmental condition in the house has suddenly changed. This could prevent damage from a fire or broken heating unit.

Deter Criminals

Criminals who attempt to break into a property to steal items are looking for the easiest target possible. Criminals are also looking for a property that presents the least amount of risk when compared to other houses in the area. A house with a security system usually has labels or other indicators on the doors and windows that state the home is being monitored. This acts as a deterrent for most criminals. 

Lower Insurance Rates

Many homeowners purchase insurance that includes some protection against theft and damage to property. The rates are based on many factors including the crime rates in the area and the security measures the homeowner has taken. A security system will lower rates by a noticeable amount. This is because the system makes theft less likely. A home monitored by cameras will also make it easier to apprehend anyone who does attempt to enter the house.

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This article was published on 2013/08/05