Your home is your castle and castles always require defending. We’re not talking about digging a moat here, of course, but with a decent home security system installed, you’ll be amazed what good it does for your home and how many other benefits it can bring with it.
Protection – A burglary happens on average around every 13 seconds. Even if you think you live in a secure and friendly neighbourhood, there is still every chance that your home might be broken into and installing a security system is the least you can do to prevent that from happening.
Prevention – Security systems are not only able to detect criminals that break into your home, but they are also more likely to prevent them from even attempting it. CCTV cameras (which can often be set up by TV aerial installers) have particularly been proven to dissuade burglars from even attempting to break into a home.
Medical assistance – For elderly homeowners, or those with debilitating illnesses, security systems can be equipped with medical alert pulls and switches to alert the emergency services.
Holiday worries – Many modern security systems allow you to hook into the feed wherever you might be, whether that’s at the office or whilst you’re lying on a beach halfway around the world. Not only do these systems allow you to see what’s going on at home, but you can remotely trigger alarms and even carry out more menial tasks like turning the air conditioning or heading off.
Fire protection – Many home security systems also help prevent fires by acting as heat detectors that can determine if a fire might be building in an area of your home.
Remote control – Speaking on remote activation, perhaps one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your home whilst you’re away is to invest in a remote controlled light switch. These will allow you to trigger lights in any room in your home, so you can make it look like someone is in, even when you’re on the other side of the globe.
Home insurance – Installing a decent security system will have an immediate effect on your home insurance premium and it can also be used as evidence if there are any accidents in the home or police incidents that require proof.
House value – The cost of the system purchase and installation will almost certainly be offset by the increase in value it will bring your home.
The little things – If you can’t realistically legitimise the purchase of a full-blown security system, there are other, smaller ways you can improve the security of your home: Invest in deadbolts for the front and rear doors, make sure the windows are double-glazed, put locks on all of your windows and never EVER leave keys under the doormat!
Peace of mind – It’s a little thing, perhaps, but it’s also perhaps the most important thing when it comes to home ownership.