When you purchase a monitored smart home security system, you get peace of mind knowing that your property is monitored at all times your system is active.
You also know that most home security systems have a lot of features to help protect you such as: video surveillance, motion sensors, smoke and heat detectors, smart sensors, smart home connected devices, etc. But here are some other ways that a smart home security system helps protect you that you might not have considered.
1. Security for Unwatched Areas of Your Property
While it’s crucial to secure the most heavily trafficked areas of your house, burglars don’t always walk through the front door. Areas like your basement, garage, attic, or even areas of your yard such as your back porch, property lines, or tool shed, can have 24/7 video surveillance with a smart home security system through Guardian. You can keep an eye on places you rarely go in and around your home to help catch intruders.
Motion sensors can also help you keep tabs on less frequently used points of entry, such as doors and windows in the basement or the garage. They can also help monitor gun safes, medicine and liquor cabinets, or jewelry boxes.
2. Smart Devices Work Together to Help Protect You from Fires and Burglars
Z-Wave Smart Thermostats can be programmed to work with your smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors to turn off when heat fluctuations, smoke build-up, and carbon monoxide are detected. They also help reduce your energy consumption.
To scare away would-be burglars, you can also use smart devices with the Guardian IQ2 smart panel and program automation schedules to turn on your lights, TV, and music when you’re busy at work or on vacation to give the appearance that your home is active and occupied.
3. Smart Home Security Systems Help Protect Your Pets
If your pet is alone at home while you’re at work, video security can help reassure you that your pet is safe and sound. Some video units come with audio output so you can not only look in on your furry friend but talk and interact with your pet as well.
A 2012 ASPCA study of 1,000 households with pets found that 15% had a pet runaway within the past five years. Motion sensors can alert you if your dog or cat has escaped, as well as helping prevent escapes by reminding you of open doors and windows. Paired with the Guardian mobile app, they even trigger an alert to your smartphone when pets are detected in an off-limits part of the house.
In the event of a fire, you can also get a pet alert window sticker so firefighters know to look out for your pet. Guardian provides these pet alert stickers for free!
4. Video Security Helps Identify and Capture Crooks
Video surveillance is a powerful tool that can help lead to the capture of criminals. In a large-scale example, research by the Urban Institute evaluating the use of public surveillance cameras for crime control and prevention found that places where cameras were sufficiently concentrated and routinely monitored had reduced crime. Also, in a study conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to test the effectiveness of video doorbells, the neighborhood with doorbell cameras saw a 50% reduction in burglaries compared to the neighborhood without video security.
Even better, a streaming video recorder can store all your video recordings so you can provide evidence to the police in the event of a trespassing or attempted break-in.
5. Multi-Layered Deterrents with Monitored Assistance
Having an award-winning, professionally monitored smart home security system means you have someone watching over you, your loved ones, and what matters most 24/7 365. Couple that with all the different security devices Guardian offers, and you have what security experts refer to as multi-layered deterrents. The harder you make it for burglars to enter your house, the more likely it is that they won’t target your home. If your security system is armed and a burglar enters a secured zone, the siren immediately sounds, and Guardian’s monitoring center experts initiate a response in under 30 seconds.
Burglars take about five minutes to loot a home, according to a panel of ex-cons. The faster a burglar can snatch and grab, the better, but if a home has multiple security measures, alarms, motion sensor lights, and video cameras in plain view, many burglars are likely to retreat, especially if they believe the police are not far behind them whenever an alarm is triggered.
6. Security Systems Help Protect Your Neighborhood
Speaking of deterrents, a neighborhood with houses that have alarm systems are better at keeping burglars away.
A 2013 study to understand decisions to burglarize from the offender’s perspective was conducted by the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. What the study found was that 60% of surveyed, convicted burglars admitted that evidence of a home alarm system would be a deterrent, causing them to seek another target. A study in the Journal of Criminal Justice that analyzed burglar alarms and the choice behavior of burglars addressed the question of why some homes in a community are more likely to become targets for burglary. What the study found is that homes with alarm systems reduced the victimization rate. In other words, the homes with alarms deterred would-be burglars.
Learn more about how Guardian can help protect you, or call 1-800-PROTECT (1-800-776-8328).