Discuss home security with an industry professional and you are likely to cover topics like preventing burglary, catching porch pirates, and providing evidence that can be used in court. All are tangible benefits and good motivation for installing a monitored home security system. However, there are intangible benefits as well.
Not every benefit afforded by a home security system is easily recognizable. Some are not even understood until after a home security system has thwarted a potential crime. Indeed, some people never grasp the intangible benefits until after being victimized by a criminal.
According to Vivint Smart Home, a leading provider of home security and automation equipment in North America, today’s home security systems do more than just prevent burglary. They offer families numerous intangible benefits that are as valuable as their more obvious counterparts. Three such benefits are described below.
1. Less Anxiety with the Kids
Today’s families are mostly dual-income families. Both parents work while the kids are in school. Unfortunately, many working parents are anxious for their children during those hours when the kids are home alone. A monitored home security system can relieve that anxiety to some extent. How? By the creative use of video surveillance cameras.
Just from a security standpoint, installing a surveillance camera to monitor the front door – along with another one in the main living area of the home – is standard procedure. Just those two cameras can effectively deter burglaries. But think about them in another way. The same video feeds that alert you to burglars can also help you keep an eye on the kids.
You can utilize video surveillance to make sure the kids get home from school on time. Depending on where cameras are placed, you can observe your kids while they do their homework or make dinner. And if you utilize the services of a babysitter for younger kids who aren’t yet in school, video surveillance lets you keep an eye on the sitter.
2. More Carefree Vacations
It is no fun to go on vacation and have to constantly worry about your home while you’re away. A monitored home security system may not alleviate all your worries, but it can certainly reduce them considerably. You can monitor your home for burglary, fire, carbon monoxide leaks, and flood – all while enjoying yourself on a sunny Caribbean beach.
The nice thing about monitored home security is that you do not have to be in the local area to notify the authorities in the event of an emergency. Your monitoring provider does it for you. That means fewer worries about not being there.
Combine the benefits of a home security system with a couple of key strategies for making your home look occupied while you’re away on vacation can all but prevent burglary. The key is making it appear as though you are home even though you’re not. A burglar who cannot be sure is one who will look for a softer target.
3. Greater Peace of Mind
This third intangible benefit might be the most important of all. Installing a monitored home security system can give you greater peace of mind all the way around. Even when you are at home. Anyone who has been victimized by a burglar can tell you just how important this truly is.
Burglary victims often talk about being robbed of more than just possessions. They also feel robbed of their safety and security. A monitored home security system gives back some of what has been taken from them. But why wait to be a victim before you consider monitored home security?
Having a system in place means you go to bed at night knowing that your house is armed and monitored. It gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your family will be alerted should a fire break out in the middle of the night.
There is little doubt that monitored home security offers plenty of tangible benefits. Those benefits are good motivation to install a system. But when you step back and think about the intangible benefits discussed here, it should become clear that there really is no good reason not to have a home security system.