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Is a home security system important? Do you need to install a security system outdoors? What security features must you include?

With robbery and crime rates up in almost all regions around the world, plenty of homeowners feel uneasy about simply relying on the protection of the law. Safety is your number one priority when it comes to your family and home. And home security systems have come a long way – they do more than just protect your home from burglars.

From controlling A/C systems and lights in your home through your smartphone to contacting emergency responders on your behalf, you need to have a security system in place. And though cost would definitely be a consideration when you work with a home security company, not installing a home security system may eventually cost you more.

Here are top five reasons for you to consider installing or upgrading your home’s security system.

1. Protection from intruders

Installing an efficient home security system will offer protection for you, your family and belongings from intruders. Properties without security systems are more likely to be targeted by burglars. The mere presence of an excellent alarm system is enough to discourage intruders from breaking in.

2. Protection from carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide, an odourless and colourless gas that has been known to cause home fatalities, can be released from burning wood, stoves, gas ranges, and heating systems. Due to the fact that humans cannot easily detect carbon monoxide, you and your family can be blindsided by carbon monoxide poisoning that has built-up for quite a long time.

Installing a carbon monoxide detector as part of your home security system is a smart choice. This device provides emergency service dispatch and calls paramedics to treat symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

3. Protection from fire accidents

Did you know that a small flame can become a full blown fire in just 30 seconds? And in minutes, your home can be filled with black smoke, which makes it impossible for you and your family to breathe.

Time is of the essence in the case of fires. A few seconds of fire may mean the complete destruction of an entire home and even death. Monitored alarm systems will warn you and your family of the presence of smoke in your home as well as unusual heat sources, and then contact the authorities to quickly respond to a house fire.

4. Remotely monitor your home

One of the biggest benefits of having the best alarm system is the ability to monitor your home even if you are away. As technology has improved, most home security systems today let users log on to their smartphones or computers to get access to their security systems.

This type of home security system will allow you to remotely arm or disarm your home’s alarm, monitor cameras, and turn off or on household lights and air conditioning or heating systems. Switching on the lights at a specified time will give the illusion that somebody is at home. New smart security cameras such as those by Arlo pro and Blink XT are very popular devices to improve home security in 2018.

Having access to the air conditioning and heating will help you prepare your home for temperature changes to prevent pipe damage. This will also help you save on gas or electric bills. Remote access may come with a small fee, but this feature will give you the opportunity to have control over your home even when you are out of town.

5. Have someone else monitor your home

A monitored home security system offers constant monitoring even if you can’t do so yourself. Leaving your house for an extended vacation or business can be nerve-racking even if you have an alarm system. By investing in monitoring services, there will always be someone who will respond to emergency situations.

This service will track important events as well as dispatch emergency personnel whenever necessary. Advanced home security systems will respond to alarms triggered by a carbon monoxide leak, a house fire, a significant increase or drop in temperature, or an intruder.

Under the watchful eye of a reputable monitoring company, such possibilities are minimized or eliminated. With continued advancements in technology, there is no reason for you to miss out on additional security services for your family and home.

Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.

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