According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 8.27 million property crimes were reported in 2014. The total amount of losses was around $14.3 billion. As for the arrest rate, it was 74.9 per 100,000. That’s just 6,200 people arrested, a pretty small number if you think about it. Arson isn’t even a part of these numbers. The United States Fire Administration states there have been 15,925 injuries and 3,240 deaths in 2013 alone from the 1.24 million fires of the same year. The property loss amounted to $11.5 billion.
Don’t let your home and family be part of these statistics. Invest in the best security system you can get your hands on. If you are unsure what home security systems to get for your home and family’s protection, maybe this list can help you out.
Be Smart, Invest in Smart Locks
With many car companies introducing keyless vehicles, it should no longer be a surprise that there are keyless door locks available for the public. While some smart locks operate via keypad, there are some smart locks for which you will need a certain device to make it work. Don’t worry, it’s not some out of this world, expensive device you have to order from Timbuktu. In fact, you might even have one in your pocket or purse right now. Yes moms, it’s the smartphone. The smartphone will wirelessly communicate with the lock via either bluetooth or Wi-Fi. All you need to do after installing the smart lock is download the app, set it up and voila! a wireless smart lock. Some companies will even allow you to assign a “key” to your family member, allowing you to track whoever enters and exits the house.
Wires? What Wires?
Try to recall any of the movies or shows you watched recently that had a break in or two in it. What was one of the most common ways they disabled the security system? Wasn’t it by simply snipping a wire or two? In fact, the wire cutting scene can become quite intense especially if the thief cannot decide which wire to cut (The blue one! No, the red one!). Snipping any wiring they think is connected to the home security is the burglars’ favorite method when breaking in a secure home. . Don’t let these thieves in by installing a wireless home security system like Honeywell Security Alarm Systems.
Let There Be Light!
Sometimes it can be unavoidable to leave the home empty until late at night. And your home will be at its most vulnerable during this time as not only will it look dark and spooky, but its destituteness will have thieves crawling through your home in no time. An easy way to solve this problem is by installing timed lights. These lights will switch on at your programmed time, allowing certain rooms in your home to be filled with brightness. This system will definitely ward off any thief who wants to break into your home.
While your video camera may record what the burglar is doing, it will be even more effective when coupled with a motion sensor. While some may think that motion sensors are just for high-risk areas like a museum or bank, it’s also useful at home. Once an intruder comes within proximity of the motion sensor, it will immediately set off an alarm to alert you. Now, if you are worried of it setting off every night due to your pet’s nighttime roaming, you can also opt for a pet-immune sensor to exempt your beloved furry creatures from its detection. If you have rooms from which your children are banned from entering, you can also use the motion sensors to alert you if they do enter said areas.
Monitor The Kids From Afar
Sometimes moms will need to do errands, attend an event or have a date night with the hubby and cannot help but leave their kids with the housekeeper or babysitter. These instance can be nerve-racking for mothers, especially for a new parent. Have some peace of mind by choosing a security system which allows you to have remote video access from any place with an Internet connection. These cameras are useful not just for monitoring you child, but their caretaker as well. You will be able to see how the caretaker is looking after your child. A camera will also be highly beneficial for reviewing what happened while you were gone should a bruise suddenly appear on your child’s arm.
No Smoking Area
With 202 fatalities, fire and smoke inhalation is the third leading cause of death among children age two to14 in 2013, according to the National Safety Council. Install a smoke/carbon monoxide detector on the ceiling of the room to protect your children. This device can also be connected to your security system to alert the authorities should a fire occur in your home.
I See You (Even if You Don’t See Me)
You might be wondering what’s the difference between hidden cameras and remote video access. First of all, remote video access is pertaining to cameras inside the home. Its main purpose is to monitor your child. Second, as the name indicates, hidden outdoor cameras are situated outside the home to record anyone who dares enter your home without your authority. These cameras can be hidden in a birdhouse (like the image above), camouflaged in a drain pipe or even as a decor. With 81% of break–ins done via the front door, you must make sure sure the cameras are in a position where they can easily record anything going on near the exterior entrances of your home such as the front door and garage.
When it comes to security, one must not pertain to just delinquents, you must also consider your child’s safety from their greatest adversary: themselves. Little children are more prone to hurting themselves and when it comes to windows, the lure to look outside can be quite irresistible. A window sensor can detect not just burglars, but your child as well. Once that alarm sounds, rush into the room because, who knows, that sensor may be the only thing preventing your child from becoming among the 5,000 kiddos rushed to the emergency room after falling from a window.
Your child will only be young for a short time, don’t make it shorter by skimping on their security.
Be a smart parent and install these security systems. Yes, you may have to spend a little, but would you rather have your family pay for their lives should preventable troubles arise? Always remember, safety above economy.