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Whether or Not to Install Home Security Systems
Whether or Not to Install Home Security Systems?
Are you thinking about installing a better security system for your home? Are you wondering about the safety of your family or belongings? We have six questions you should consider when making your decision whether or not to install a security system
What do you have of significant value that you would like to protect?
If you live alone with minimal possessions and feel confident of your ability to protect yourself, then your home security needs may be truly minimal. A good dead bolt may be sufficient.
However, if you have children or expensive valuables to protect, you may want to invest in a security system. We all agree that our children are priceless. That may be enough rational for you to proceed. However, you may also want to feel more secure yourself. Perhaps your spouse works late and you don't like being in the home alone at night. Keep all these factors in mind.
Do you live in a high-crime area?
Lets face it, some places are safer to live. Do you live in a neighbourhood where you have a higher chance of being a target, whether because of age or financial status? Is the area prone to crimes such as break and enter? These kinds of factors also increase your need for home security. You might even want to do some research into the level of crime in your area. The police station, local library, neighbors, and local real estate agents are all good potential sources of information. If you know more about your level of risk, you can make a better decision about the true need for a security system.
Is your house a target for a burglar?
Some types of houses are more likely to be targeted. If you are a ground-level apartment, you obviously have greater risk than unit's that are higher up and only have access off a central hallway. Houses with natural cover, such as thick bushes, plants and trees, give burglars a place to lurk. If your doors and windows are visibly aged, including cracked frames or glass, these may also attract burglars.
Another thing to consider: In households where both husband and wife are out until fairly late and their schedules are predictable, criminals may be able to determine the pattern of your time at home. Criminals who monitor areas can take note of schedules and even make daring daytime burglaries.
In the end, there is one primary question: Does your home invite or deter crime? Your answer will help you make a decision about whether you need a home security system.
Does your homeowner insurance carrier offer discounts for home security systems?
A security system could be a great way for you to save some money on your home insurance! In some cases, the discount could go a long way towards the cost of your system, if not completely defray all costs to you. Some security systems can now be monitored for as little as $10 a month. If your insurance company will give you a $10 discount per month for having the system, th...