Even if you don’t live in a dangerous neighborhood, burglaries and intrusions can happen at anytime and anywhere. Keep yourself and your family protected at all times by installing your own home security system or having one installed by professionals.
Still on the fence? There are numerous reasons to have a home security system installed. Here are just a few:
Why You Should Have a Security System Installed Sooner Rather Than Later
In many areas of Wisconsin, burglary and intrusion rates are rising. To protect your family and property, the best thing you can do is install a home security system.
With modern-day systems, you can monitor your home for suspicious activity while you’re home and while you’re away. While at work, watch for package deliveries and make sure no one steals them from your front door. On vacation or work trips, keep track of who rings your doorbell or any activity that raises flags. The best systems allow for real-time video surveillance of your home’s entrances and sometimes, other areas of your home’s interior.
If you own a seasonal home that’s not lived in for much of the year, a security system even enables you to monitor the premises there.
In addition to taking care of your properties and reducing the likelihood of burglaries, home security systems, of course, help keep your family safe as well. Intrusions can happen to any home, but with a security system in place, you’ll either deter the intruder in the first place or catch them in the act before anything dire takes place.
What Features Should You Consider When Choosing a Home Security System?
Preferred Installation Method
Essentially, you have two choices: professional installation or DIY installation. The latter may be less expensive, but if it’s a complicated system you purchase, you’ll need some know-how to make sure it’s installed correctly.
Hardwired vs. Wi-Fi Systems
While a hardwired system may be more reliable as the technology is older; for some homeowners, having wireless access to their security system is crucial.
Video Surveillance Features
Video surveillance is generally part and parcel of any good security system. But what features do you want? For example, do you want to be able to move or zoom the cameras via your smartphone video feed? Do you want to be able to take snapshots (for example, if there’s someone suspicious at your door)? Would you like night vision capabilities? Do you want 24/7 video surveillance or just video when you’re not around?
Breach of Security Options
When someone breaches your home security, what do you want the system to do? You can be notified yourself via an alert on your phone; you can have bells and lights go off immediately, you can have the authorities immediately notified, or choose from a host of other options.
Home Automation Features
Some security systems allow you to modify systems in your home from your smartphone or computer. You may be able to lock or unlock your doors, change the temperature, turn on or off the lights, or even disable an alarm if it goes off accidentally.
Did you know that some insurance companies offer discounts for home security systems? This isn’t true for all insurance companies, nor is it true for all types of security systems, but it’s an option you may want to look into. For more information, feel free to contact G&L Insurance. Our agents would be happy to sit down with you and answer all of your insurance-related questions or concerns.