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Is Home Security Important?

The numbers are alarming: 1 in every 36 homes in the United States will be the target of thieves this year. In comparison with other countries, burglary rates in the United States are high. Areas such as Cleveland, Ohio, Memphis, Tenn., and Detroit, Mich. have some of the highest burglary rates in the nation.

The statistics are enough to make you never want to leave your home again in an attempt to prevent yourself from being included in that 1 in 36 figure. But you need not barricade yourself inside your home, prepared to protect what is yours. Even if you think you live in a safe neighborhood, robbery is not an act that is exclusive to the "bad" part of town.

Homeowners need not feel helpless, however. There are many ways they can protect themselves and their property from theft and damage. According to Consumer Reports, among the top seven ways to burglar-proof any home include kick-proofing doors for main entryways, choosing the right kind of locks for doors and lighting the exterior areas of your property during evening and overnight hours. Installing a home security system also ranked in the top seven ways to protect your home.

Home security systems are a great way to deter burglars from even considering your home on their list of targets. Advancements in technology have made home security systems not only a reliable means by which to protect your property, but also an affordable one. Current statistics indicate there are roughly 36 million security systems being used in the United States today, with over half of those in private residences. The average monthly cost to maintain the system can range from $25 to $100, depending on the number of “bells and whistles” your package includes.

The question many homeowners ask themselves is if they even need a home security system. If you are among the skeptics, there are many reasons to consider taking that leap and choosing an affordable home security system. First and foremost, many insurance companies offer a discount on home insurance premiums to customers whose homes are protected by a security system. Those discounts can equal 15 to 20 percent annually.

Another reason to consider installing a home security system is that they deter crime from happening, and can lessen the length of an act-in-progress. Thieves who hit a home that already is protected by a security system are likely to flee quickly once they realize they have burglarized a home that soon may be surrounded by police.

Home security systems also can protect your home against other threats, such as fire. Many home security companies offer fire protection as part of their coverage. Also, for those living alone, for elderly customers, or those with medical conditions, the ability to use their wireless transmitters to summon emergency help is a huge benefit to having a home security system.

There are many options when selecting a home security system, so be sure to do your research before deciding on one to ensure you have chosen the option that best fits your individual needs.

Dallas police officer dies after shooting, 2nd officer and Home Depot security guard remain in critical condition

A Dallas police officer died Wednesday after a shooting that wounded another officer and an employee at a home improvement store, the city's mayor said. Mayor Mike Rawlings was presiding over a city council meeting when he announced the death of Rogelio ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:27:00 GMT



Home Depot Security Guard in Critical Condition Following Tuesday's Shooting

A Home Depot security guard is in critical condition after Tuesday's shooting at a Home Depot in northeast Dallas. According to an arrest affidavit, loss prevention officer Scott Painter was found on the ground of the store's security office with ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:09:00 GMT



This $26 home security cam sells out every time we cover it, and it's back in stock on Amazon

Every single time we cover the Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera, it sells out. Usually it sells out within a few hours, or shipping estimates at least start to slip back within that time span. So consider yourself warned, because it's ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:12:00 GMT



Protecting Your Employees' Home IT From Cyberthreats

However, there are enough commonalities to at least create a general home IT security framework. I've culled the best practices below from years of experience in defending against dynamic threats. These tips can help empower your employees to protect ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:18:00 GMT



Sponsored: One secret gives your home the extra security it needs

How many people visit your home on a daily basis Between your spouse, your kids, your parents, the in-laws, the babysitter, housekeeper, pool guy and more, there's always someone coming and going. You've taken the right step by protecting your home with a ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:43:00 GMT



Reolink Go wireless security camera breaks away from home routers

Earlier this month, Anker's eufy EverCam launched on Kickstarter. As well as offering a 365 day battery life, the security camera wirelessly connected to a home router meaning totally cable-free set it and forget it installation. But you'd still need a Wi ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:55:00 GMT



Home Security Maximized with These Apps

Home security tools such as cameras and alarm systems are generally regarded as expensive methods to ensure the protection of the home. However, the introduction of mobile apps and various tools have enabled home owners to add an extra layer of security at ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:40:00 GMT



Choosing home security cameras for remote caregiving

A video monitoring system allows a caregiver to remotely watch and listen to the person under care. A video monitoring system allows a caregiver to remotely watch and listen to the person under care. (Getty Images) If you need to regularly check on people ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:05:00 GMT



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Activation Fee and 42-Month Monitoring Agreement at a minimum of $49.99/mo., home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Local permit fees and/or sales tax may apply. Services not available in all areas.

 

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