You may be asking yourself if you really need a home security system. In 2019, it was estimated only 38% of Americans owned some type of home security product or system.
According to a Safety.com review of home security products, the main reason why people purchased these systems was because they just wanted to add security to their homes. And this is perhaps the best reason for getting a system. It can protect your home and, most importantly, your family.
Let’s consider why you should get a home security system.
What Is the Risk of Burglary?
The good news is the number of burglaries in the United States has gone down. The bad news is that there is still about a burglary each minute.
If you think most at-risk homes are in metropolitan areas like California and New York, you’re wrong. Rural states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oklahoma top the list of the most burglarized states. If you live in an area where burglaries are common, a home security system can help deter thieves from choosing your home.
Is Your Home At-Risk for Home Invasion?
Home invasion is one of the scariest crimes. Technically, home invasions are when persons with criminal intent forcibly enter a residence. Residents don’t need to be in the house for it to be considered a home invasion, and most burglars aren't looking to enter an occupied property. That said, it still happens from time to time, and it can be a very scary experience.
A home invasion can take away your notion of safety at home. A home security system can warn you that someone is lurking around your home that should not be there, allowing you time to scare them away, call the cops, or protect your family.
Do You Have Increased Risk for Environmental Dangers?
Some homes have an increased risk for environmental dangers that threaten their safety and property. A home security system with environmental sensors can warn you of:
- Carbon monoxide – If you have an attached garage, fireplace, gas stove, or gas/oil-fueled heater, there is always a risk carbon monoxide gas could seep into in your home.
- Flood – You may live near water or in flood-prone areas, but your home could also be flooded by a broken pipe or appliance. A flood sensor is a must to detect wetness or a steep increase in humidity in your home.
- Smoke and fire – Everyone should have some type of smoke and fire sensor, especially if someone smokes, you have a fireplace/wood-burning stove, or clothes dryer.
Environmental sensors integrated into your home security system could save you and your family from injury or death and help protect your home and property from damage.
The Peace of Mind That Comes with Home Security
A quality home security system can provide you with peace of mind: your property can be protected whether you are home or not. If you’re on the fence about whether you need one, think again. Home security is always a good investment.