Safe and sound: why your home security is no longer a luxury

Your home is your castle. It contains your valuables and, most importantly, your family and as such should be as safe as humanly possible. Unfortunately, in today’s crime climate, a home security system is a necessity and no longer a luxury.

The safety of our valuables and family is often at the forefront of everyone’s minds as we close the door and leave for work in the morning, and this is why it is important to have a home security system in place.

Why is a home security system so important?

A home security system offers more than one barrier in order to deter criminals. One main component is a CCTV system, much like those offered by Oculus Innovations. These barriers reduce crime and also deter criminals from entering your property, and offer many other benefits.

Your valuables are protected

A security system will ensure that your valuables are well protected when you are away from home. Many of us know of someone who has lost expensive electronics, sentimental and irreplaceable jewellery, or other high value-items during a break in. Installing security cameras, burglar bars and an alarm system will allow you to be forewarned that a break in is being attempted, and the alarms will notify authorities when they are triggered.

A security system deters crime

Criminals see CCTV cameras, burglar guards and alarms as deterrents. This means that they will more than likely move on to another property or simply leave the neighbourhood alone, rather than deal with being caught. Crime rates have dropped in areas that have houses with alarms and CCTV systems, according to a 2009 study, which means that a home security system not only protects you but enhances the safety of your neighbourhood.

Allows remote access to your home

Many modern CCTV systems are incorporated with remote access viewing, which means that you can access the camera feed from your cell phone, tablet or desktop computer. From here, you can monitor what is happening in your home, and can even alert authorities yourself if you see suspicious behaviour. Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes, and this modern feature of home security allows for just that.

You will have evidence of crimes

If you are involved in the unfortunate event of a home robbery, you will need to have as much evidence as possible to provide police with in order to catch the thieves. If your system includes CCTV cameras, you will be able to offer up video evidence of the crime. Even if nothing was taken, you will need to make a claim with your insurance for any damages, which is why a CCTV system is vital for evidence for claim accuracy.

Your home is always monitored

One of the major reasons why a home security system is so important is that your home is now always monitored. Leaving town for a few days or even simply going to work leaves your house vulnerable, even with an alarm. However, with an alarm company, your home is always watched over. Alarm and armed response companies receive notifications for any suspicious activity, and will be at your home in a matter of minutes, meaning that you have one less worry on your mind.

Insurance costs will be lower

Homeowner’s insurance is a mandatory aspect of owning a home, and it can amount to a significant amount each month. If you have a stable and working home security system in place, however, your insurance costs may go down by a large amount. This insurance covers both the property and the items inside, and so having evidence of crimes committed and having a system in place to protect all items will show your insurers that you are taking steps toward ensuring the protection of your asset.

You will have peace of mind

Perhaps the most important benefit and reason for having a home security system is the peace of mind that comes with it. You will not have the extra stress and worry on your mind about the safety of your home and valuables, and this will make you a more productive and happier person. Going on holiday will also be less stressful, as you can lock up your home and travel happily in the knowledge that it will be safe and sound while you are away.

Conclusion

There are numerous reasons as to why a home security system should no longer be considered a luxury. Having one ensures that your home is always protected, and that your valuables no longer need to be hidden away in safes when you leave for a day at the office or out and about.