If you know someone who has had a home emergency or burglary, then chances are you are considering the option of adding an alarm to your home. Chances are also pretty good that you are asking yourself if you really need an alarm. If you care about your safety and the safety of your family, then the obvious answer is yes. While no security system is completely fail-safe, they do place the odds more in your favor.
Here are a few examples of how a home alarm could help keep you safe.
If you have children in your home, then there are several benefits to having a home alarm. You could install door and window alarms that will alert you when a door or window is opened. Children can be very resourceful and can unexpectedly open your front door, the door to your bathroom or basement, or a window. If you are in another room you may not know they have opened a door or window until it is too late. Door and window alarms are especially helpful in alerting you to a specific area, so you can locate it quickly, instead of having to run around and figure out which door or window has been opened.
Another option when you have children is to install video monitors. With a video surveillance system you can monitor when your child is in their bedroom, both while they are awake or asleep. While awake, you can easily check on them to ensure they are safe and not getting into something harmful. And while they are asleep, you can easily check that they are safe in their crib or bed, without disturbing their sleep.
With a sleepwalker, you never know what kind of trouble they could get into. If they are especially active, they can do serious harm, such as leaving the house or getting into harmful substances. With a simple alarm system, you can ensure that you will be awakened when a door or window is opened. You can monitor their bedroom door or window, and the front or back door. This could provide an incredible sense of security, as well as a better night’s sleep for the entire household.
A home invasion can be especially frightening. Some burglars are only after valuables, such as jewelry or electronics. But if you are present in the home, a simple burglary could turn deadly. A burglar could also cause lasting damage by stealing your identity or credit and causing extreme financial distress. With a home alarm installed, the chances of burglary are significantly decreased. If a thief sees that you have a home alarm in place, they will most likely move on to the next home. And if they do enter your home, the sound of the alarm could scare them away or ensure they are not able to steal very much. The alarm will also alert you to the danger if you are in the home, and you will be better equipped to get yourself and your family to safety. The alarm can even summon help if you are not able to do so.
Aside from burglary or home invasion, a home alarm system can help in other emergencies, such as fire or carbon monoxide leaks. When a fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm is set off, it can alert a security monitoring service of the emergency. They can, in turn, contact the proper authorities for you if you are unable to call yourself, or if you are not at home at the time. In the case of a carbon monoxide leak, you could be at home asleep and already affected by the carbon monoxide to the extent that you are already unconscious and unable to respond to a carbon monoxide detector. A security monitoring service will be notified of the danger and they can summon help before the danger becomes fatal.
Another emergency a home alarm can help with is natural disaster. If there is a breach of your home from a falling tree or powerful winds, the alarm will be able to detect the breach and contact authorities for you in case you are injured or trapped. In this instance a home alarm system could be especially beneficial if you live in an area at high risk of natural disasters.
While home alarm systems can exponentially increase your odds of safety, they are not completely fail-safe. Every type of system has the potential of failure in one way or another. But they can greatly increase your odds and increase the amount of people who will be watching out for you. And isn’t that what we all need?