Up until the time it actually goes off, most homeowners never recognize the value of their home security system or burglar alarm. That’s the story I got from my next door neighbor at four in the morning a week ago this past Friday. The wake-the-dead racket of his residential intruder alarm had ripped me from deep sleep roughly thirty minutes earlier and after the authorities had departed, Johnny – Johnny lives next door to my little piece of heaven – explained to me how grateful he was to have a security system. Although the authorities showed up too late to make an arrest, it appears the flashing lights and loud siren of Johnny’s home security system had scared away the burglar and stopped him or her from getting into my neighbor’s residence.
If what happened to Johnny is just not enough to convince you that home alarm systems can be a smart investment in the future of your home and family, you might want to consider the fact that insurance providers will appreciably discount the cost of insurance premiums for a private home equipped with a home security system or security alarm. My own insurance carrier discounts my home owner’s policy by twenty percent because I have a security system installed and monitored by a nationally credentialed enterprise. The savings make a big difference in defraying the expense of my security system.
Burglar alarm systems come in many different types and are able to detect everything from unwanted entry to smoke, fire and also threatening levels of carbon monoxide. A basic installation includes a keypad, motion detectors and a link to a monitoring center that informs the police or fire brigade in the event of an alarm. Fees for a basic system commonly amount to approximately one hundred dollars for assembly and then a regular monthly monitoring fee that typically costs between thirty and forty dollars.