Washington State sure is a great place to live and raise a family. Though sad to say, a reported 20% increase in violent crime in 2021 has struck Seattle. One of many cities that have seen an increase. Even small, historically safe Washington neighborhoods are experiencing a spike in crime.
One way to keep you and your family safe is with a home security installation. What exactly are the benefits of home surveillance? How can they help you to feel secure in your Washington home?
Let’s explore seven reasons why you should invest in a home surveillance system.
1. Protect Your Valuables
It’s sometimes easy to think that we don’t have many valuables in our homes. But small items that you may have forgotten the price of can quickly add up. And not everything can be measured in monetary value — there’s a sentimental factor, too.
These days, most family members have a cell phone, tablet, and usually a laptop as well. Consider the amount of information we store on them, as well as having to make a claim on your insurance to replace them!
And what about those sentimental items? Your grandmother’s old brooch might not be worth a lot in dollars, but it’s priceless to you.
Thieves check carefully for security systems and often move on to a different home if they see one. Installing a home surveillance system makes your home much less of a target, ensuring your valuables stay right where they belong — in your home.
2. Monitor 24/7
No matter where you are, you can always know what’s going on at home.
The best home surveillance systems will stream footage of your property straight to your cell phone. Some systems can also notify you when suspicious activity has been detected. You can typically view live footage of your home, or rewind and see what triggered the alert.
You can be as good as there with a 24/7 camera feed sent directly to your phone. So, there’s no need to worry about leaving your home unattended while on vacation or even being out of the house for a handful of hours.
What’s more, the protection doesn’t end with security monitoring. Integrate the system with other smart home gadgets and you’ll have even more control over your household. You can add a smart doorbell to know who’s calling at the door, turn off lighting, draw your window coverings, and more right from your smartphone for added privacy.
3. The House Is Left Unattended
Whether you live alone or with your family, chances are your house is left unattended at least a portion of the day.
Despite remote work and homeschooling being more common these days, 75% of families don’t live this way. And no matter how great your watch dog may be, you won’t find them dialing 911.
That means your house is all alone for periods on end and vulnerable to thieves. Call AV Smart Solutions to install and maintain your surveillance products so you feel reassured that your home is safe while you’re away.
4. Lower Insurance Premiums
Homeowners insurance is a necessary grudge payment most household owners have to make. When calculating your premium, insurers focus on risk as well as other factors, such as the type of house you have and the neighborhood it’s located in. Anything that you can do to lower your risk will translate into lower payments.
If you decide to install home surveillance, get on the phone with your insurer straight away. Let them know that you’ve decreased the risk of break-ins and see if they can reward you with a discount to decrease your potential payout.
5. Discreet Yet Always Watching
Home surveillance systems aren’t nearly as noticeable or old-school as they used to be. Those bulky white cameras that stuck out like a sore thumb are a product of the past. And fortunately at that, because most homeowners aren’t pursuing that look.
The latest home surveillance systems aren’t invisible — you want them to be seen by would-be intruders — but they’re discreet enough to blend in with your home decor. You get protection without losing your home’s curb appeal.
Some of the best home security advice is to identify and secure potential entry points. Home security installers can assess your home and ensure that these points are thoroughly monitored.
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6. Keeping Up With the Neighbors
We’re not talking about vanity here. We’re talking about not being the only house on the street that isn’t protected.
Burglars will weigh up their options and look for the easiest target in the neighborhood. If all of your neighbors have security systems and you don’t, there’s an increased risk that thieves will move on to your residence.
You reduce the risk of being targeted by investing in a reliable home security installation that diverts burglars.
7. Protect Your Loved Ones
You might have a multi-generational family in your household with vulnerable family members (such as grandparents) at home during the day. Or, you might have older children that are in the house by themselves before you get home from work or while you’re running errands.
Perhaps you have a nanny who watches your baby, but you still want to keep tabs on them. Security is a viable option for all types of households regardless if you have children, although it’s certainly more of an incentive.
Home monitoring allows you to check in on an elderly family member to make sure they haven’t had an accident. Of course, it’s a good idea to let anyone living or working in your home know about this arrangement first.
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Choose AV Smart Solutions for Your Home Security Installation
Your home is your sanctuary, and a home security installation can help it remain that way.
Home surveillance allows you to be in-tune with the happenings of your household, even when you’re thousands of miles away. You can protect far more than just your valuables, but also the people and pets that you love and want safe.
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