Do I Really Need a Security System?
Being able to have peace of mind in your home is one of the most important things a homeowner can hope for. Your house is your castle and you should feel well-protected and safe when you go to sleep at night or leave on vacation. However, the news tells us that robberies happen every day, regardless of the neighborhood in which you live. Thoughts of break-ins or thefts may be keeping you awake at night or causing you to think twice about taking that trip, but a home security system can help set your mind at ease. While some would argue that the feeling of safety is priceless, one of the biggest hurdles to adopting a burglar alarm system is price. Read on to discover how Van Natta can help you weigh these considerations and make the right choice for your home and your family.
According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were about 2,103,787 burglaries in the United States in 2012. This means that roughly every 15 seconds, a robbery was committed. These sorts of statistics, combined with daily TV news and newspaper reports on crime, have made homeowners nervous that their house may be the next target. While locks on windows and deadbolts on doors are great deterrents, according to burglars themselves, an alarm system is the greatest deterrent they face. Answering a survey from the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation, 60% of burglars said they would look for a different target if they encountered a security system when they were casing a house for a robbery. Additionally, over half of the respondents said they would stop a burglary attempt in progress if they discovered an alarm.
In addition to your personal safety, setting up your security system with an alarm monitoring service can be crucial to protecting the safety of your home. Even while you're away on vacation or at work for the day, a company can monitor your home, send you status updates, and even alert the police if a break-in happens. This 24/7 monitoring can be invaluable for your home, your possessions, and your peace of mind.
Cost of a Security System
Often the main factor holding a homeowner back from implementing a security system is the cost. This can vary widely depending on what type of system you install and what type of alarm monitoring service contract you go with. There is actually evidence to suggest that implementing a security system could save you money in the long run. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the average burglary dollar amount was $2,119 and most home burglars are not caught. This cost should be factored in to your decision when considering whether or not a home security system is financially feasible for you. In addition to these potential savings, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 20% on your homeowners insurance just for having a security system installed. Obviously, the financial aspects of installing this type of system are quite complicated and should be seriously analyzed before a decision is made one way or the other.
If you decide you would like an estimate on a home security system or would simply like more information, the home security experts at Van Natta Mechanical can help. We can help you estimate your cost and potential savings and we can set you up with a brand-new, state-of-the-art system, with 24/7 alarm monitoring services. In addition to alarm systems, we also install security cameras, motion detectors, and fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors. Contact us today by filling out our web form, or give us a call at 201-391-3700.