Security systems are a wonderful evolution of modern technology that help protect many homes and businesses. There are quite a few options on the market, ranging from simple alarms in a break-in to sophisticated monitoring services that can trigger human intervention and attention from afar if any of a number of indicators are set off.
Given all the options that are out there and the spread of price points you might be looking at, it can be quite overwhelming to make the right choice for your home or business.
1) Temperature Monitoring
Some home security systems are equipped with sensors that detect changes in the temperatures inside a residence or structure. Low-temperature sensors might get activated when temperatures are dangerously low, which can help you prevent related damages, like burst pipes.
Conversely, heat sensors might help you know when temperatures are dangerously high, so you can keep people and pets safe all the time.
2) Flood Monitoring
You can protect your property from possible water damage during a storm or flood. Once alerts are noted, the system can warn occupants, or if there is connected monitoring, system professionals might call or contact you so that you can get back to the property and take any actions or steps you can to intervene in possible damage.
3) Burglary Monitoring
Burglary alarms can often emit loud warning noises to ward off perpetrators and draw attention they don’t want, although others might notify a monitoring centre that can audibly warn off the persons while alerting you and first responders both.
4) Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
CO or carbon monoxide leaks can mean serious problems for you, your loved ones, friends, customers, and coworkers. This is because humans can’t detect a carbon monoxide leak without a dedicated warning device in place.
5) Medical Alert Monitoring
You never need to feel alone or stress over leaving someone vulnerable and alone. A single push-button might be used to connect someone needing emergency response through an intercom with a professional.
Older relatives can be monitored discretely through the use of pressure-plate bedside rugs and bath mats so that it’s known they’re up and active once a day or so.
6) Smoke And Fire Monitoring
These can not only warn people to get out in the event of a fire, a monitored system can result in an operator dispatching fire response teams even if you’re not home.
7) Video Monitoring
Being able to see who is at your front door before you open it makes it much safer to answer the door. You can even have a remote control to decide who has access to your home when you’re away, and the possibility of locking your home or business remotely.
The presence of cameras can also deter visitors to your property from doing anything they shouldn’t. For that matter, having camera coverage over the yard and surrounding terrain can be quite useful in the prosecution of perpetrators or even in pursuing a financial or legal settlement in a civil action.
8) Warning Labels And Signs
Just letting folks know your place is being watched by a security system is usually enough to prevent situations from happening.
The right security systems can not only help you keep your loved ones, friends, co-workers, and customers safe, they can also protect your property and wealth. In fact, the best systems might even help law enforcement authorities identify perpetrators and possibly even prevent theft and loss from happening in the first place.
Security systems come in combinations of a one-time purchase, packages of installation fees and recurring-use charges, or no-cost installation with monthly obligations. Balance your budget versus your needs to choose the options right for your home or business. Do keep in mind that some insurance programmes and policies will give discounts for active security systems, which can help you offset the cost of one or even pay for it.
On a similar note, some policies actually mandate their presence and use, so not having one or not maintaining it could actually void your coverage and result in denied claims.