Home Monitoring: What? Why? How?
With burglaries and break-ins becoming more and more rampant, your home is never really safe. It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural area, urban area, or in a metropolitan city; burglars operate everywhere and cause much harm to property and life. Home monitoring systems provide you with the much needed alert systems that can, to a large extent, reduce the chances of burglaries and break-ins. It has been seen that homes with a home security installation in place are 3 to 4 times less likely to get burglarized. Home monitoring systems consist of a set of gadgets that can deter or detect burglars or people breaking into your house. The basic aim of these home monitoring systems is to alert you or your trusted people of any kind of unwanted movement in your house, either during your absence or while you are asleep.
Home monitoring systems not only let you sleep or holiday in peace, but ensure that you or your loved ones don’t have run-ins with criminals. Many a times there are situations when an owner has walked in while burglars are at large inside the house. In such a situation, we can never predict what the criminals might do and hence is certainly very risky. It is always safe to have a home security installation in place to avoid such risky encounters. After all, life is more important than any number of possessions!
A Home security installation can be of many types, configurations, and prices comprising of one or many gadgets to perform different tasks. Most often, they consist of sensors, which are placed at your doors and windows to detect any kind of movement. There are some sensors that are programmed to reduce the number of false alarms that you might get. The number of sensors needed for your home security installation will depend on the size of your house and its vulnerable entry points. Apart from sensors, your home security installation may consist of panic alarms which allow people inside the house seek help in case of emergencies. There can be a siren or light which gets switched on if unwanted motion is detected, deterring the burglars who certainly wouldn’t like to work with a full glaring light on their face and a honking siren in their ears! Additionally, there are smoke, flood, or carbon-monoxide detectors, which can be provided with the home security installation to warn you of fires or floods. These gadgets can be of the wired or wireless variety. The wireless variety is of course easier to install but if you want to save money, the wired option is for you.
You can either monitor your alarms yourself, or get a home monitoring agency to do it for you. There are many home monitoring agencies which monitor your alerts 24/7 for a monthly payment and alert you and the required authorities (police, hospital) in case of emergencies. Many a times, even if you get an SMS or mail or phone call alerting you of an unwanted situation at your home, you may not be in a situation to notice it which can delay action. If you have a home monitoring agency employed to keep an eye on your alarms, you can have some peace of mind, rather than having to check your phone every few minutes!