Washington State sure is a great place to live and raise a family.
Unfortunately, Seattle reported a 20% increase in violent crime in 2021, and the rate remains steady. It’s only 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 high-quality home security installation. But what exactly are the benefits of home surveillance systems? How can they help you feel secure in your home?
Let’s explore seven reasons you should invest in a home surveillance system.
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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 cost of can add up quickly. And you can’t measure everything in monetary value — there’s undeniable sentimental value, too.
These days, most family members have a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other smart device. Consider the amount of information we store on them, as well as the process of making 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 they often move on to a different home if they spot one. Installing a home surveillance system makes your home much less of a target, which ensures your valuables stay right where they belong — in your home.
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2. Monitor Your Home 24/7
With home security installation, you can always know what’s going on at your house — no matter where you are.
The best home surveillance systems will stream footage of your property straight to your smartphone. Some systems can also notify you when they detect suspicious activity. You can typically view live footage of your home, or you can rewind and watch what triggered the alert.
You can be as good as there with a 24/7 camera feed sent directly to your phone. With that assurance, there’s no need to worry about leaving your home unattended while on vacation — or even leaving the house for a few hours.
Furthermore, the protection doesn’t end with security monitoring.
When you integrate a surveillance system with other smart home gadgets, you have even greater 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 do more right from your smartphone. Overall, you can maintain both your privacy and security.
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3. Watch an Unattended House
Whether you live alone or with your family, chances are you leave your house unattended at least part 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 sharp your watchdog may be, you won’t find them dialing 911 (they simply don’t have the dexterity).
That means your house goes unwatched for extended periods. In turn, that makes it more vulnerable to thievery. Call AV Smart Solutions to install and maintain your surveillance system so you have reassurance that your home is safe while you’re away.
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4. Lower Your Insurance Premiums
Homeowners insurance is a necessary grudge payment most folks with houses have to make. When calculating your premium, insurers focus on risk as well as other factors, like the type of house you own and the neighborhood it’s in. Anything you can do to lower your risk translates into lower payments.
If you decide to install home surveillance, get on the phone with your insurer straightaway! Let them know you’ve decreased the risk of break-ins and see whether they can reward you with a discount to lessen your payout.
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5. Have a Discreet Yet Constant Lookout
Home surveillance systems aren’t nearly as noticeable or old-fashioned as they used to be. Those bulky white cameras that stuck out like a sore thumb are products of the past. And that’s fortunate because most homeowners aren’t going for that look.
The latest home surveillance systems aren’t invisible — you want would-be intruders to see them — but they’re discreet enough to blend in with your home décor and design. In other words, you get comprehensive 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 your surveillance system thoroughly covers those points.
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6. Keep Up With the Neighbors
We’re not talking about vanity here!
On the contrary, we’re talking about not being the only unprotected house on the street.
Burglars will weigh their options and look for the easiest target in the neighborhood. If all your neighbors have security systems and you don’t, then you’re much more likely to be the prime target.
You reduce your risk of being that target when you invest in a reliable home security installation. Plus, you’re not only discouraging burglars — you’re also keeping the whole block safer.
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7. Protect Your Loved Ones
Naturally, this is your most important reason for home security installation. After all, your loved ones are your most precious assets. And they’re irreplaceable.
Here are a few situations in which a high-quality home surveillance system might be of special benefit.
First, you might live in a multigenerational household. Some vulnerable family members (such as grandparents) may be at home during the day. Or you might have older children who are home by themselves before you get off work and back in the house.
Next, perhaps you have a nanny who watches your baby, but you still want to keep tabs on them. Security is a fantastic option for all types of households, regardless of whether you have children — but children certainly add incentive.
Finally, you may have a family member with an illness or disability. Home monitoring allows you to check on them to make sure they haven’t suffered an accident. Of course, it’s a good idea to let anyone living or working in your home know about this arrangement.
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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 stay that way.
Home surveillance allows you to be in tune with your household’s happenings, even when you’re thousands of miles away. You can protect far more than your valuables — you can watch out for the people and pets you love.
AV Smart Solutions offers an advanced Home Surveillance System. Our customizable systems are discreet and highly effective, and they provide 24/7 monitoring that you can access anytime.
Call (425) 655-5052 or complete our contact form to further discuss your smart home options.
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