Having thieves and burglars break into your home is enough to give most people nightmares. The number of reported burglaries decreased by 5% in Australia over the past 12 months according to the ABS. But, there was still a massive 168,031 burglaries committed countrywide.
It’s important to be vigilant, instead of always thinking it’s not likely to happen to you. Luckily, there are ways you can reduce the chance of your home being burgled. Let’s take a look at how you can protect your home from burglars with a security alarm system.
What Does a Home Security Alarm System Do?
A security alarm system protects your home, family, and belongings from thieves and burglars. It detects any unauthorised entry to your home by using movement sensors.
If a break-in is detected 2 different alarms will sound. There are usually 1 or 2 indoor alarms called screamers which emit a very loud, high pitched alarm which is designed to disorientate and confuse burglars. There is then also a loud outdoor alarm which usually has a strobe light. This is designed so that it draws the attention of neighbours who may then notice a fleeing burglar and may then be able to assist police with identification.
There are a few types of sensors that trigger the alarms. There are infrared sensors that pick up movement and there are other sensors that can detect whether a door or window is open or broken.
Depending on the type of system you have, the home security alarm system will then send a notification to your phone indicating that the alarm is going off. You can then open an app to check the status and even disarm the alarm if it is a false alarm. Many houses now have IP CCTV camera systems which can be used to look to see if anyone is around.
Other security alarms are what is known as a ‘back to base’ alarm. This means that your alarm is monitored by a security company and if the alarm is going on at your house, it will send an alert to the security company. They will then take action based on the situation. First, they will call you and see if you set the alarm off by accident. If that isn’t the case, or they can’t get in contact with you, they will then:
- Send a security guard to your home to check that it is secure.
- Call the police or emergency services.
Having a security system offers extra peace of mind, as well as greater security and protection for your home and belongings.
Do Home Security Alarm Systems Work?
How well a security alarm system works depends on the quality of the system installed. Generally, any security system will be very effective in keeping your home protected.
If someone does break-in and doesn’t have a passcode, the alarm will instantly sound. This alone is usually enough to scare most thieves off.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a trip of a lifetime, at work, or enjoying a night out, thieves can strike at any time. Having a security alarm system can give you peace of mind, as well as extra protection for your home.
Security alarm systems also provide a strong visual deterrent to potential thieves. They make thieves think twice before even entering your home. Seeing a security system usually makes thieves change their mind, as they tend to pick an easy target.
Pros & Cons of A Home Alarm System
To help with your decision on whether to get a home alarm system, we’ve covered the pros and cons.
- Protect Your Valuables
A home alarm system can help keep your belongings safe. Think about the value of your contents, and if you would be able to afford to replace them.
- Visual Deterrent
A home alarm system is usually visually enough to deter thieves. The sound of the alarm acts as a deterrent too.
- Unauthorised Entry Detection
You’ll receive an instant alert if someone breaks into your home or if they enter without using the passcode.
- Security Monitoring
With monitoring by a security company, a guard can be dispatched immediately or the police can be notified.
You need to remember to arm the alarm system each time you leave home. As well as disarm it as soon as you return.
- Can annoy neighbours
If your alarm continues to accidentally go off, or if you have a cheap alarm system that is set off regularly by false alarms, it could make your neighbours’ patience wear thin.
- Can lead to a false sense of security It’s easy to get complacent with a security system. But having one is still no guarantee that your home won’t be targeted. You still need to maintain proper security of your home as you did before you had an alarm.
Is It Worth Getting A Security Alarm System?
A home security alarm system is an investment that provides additional peace of mind that your home and belongings are safe. Of course there is no guarantee that it will keep your belongings safe from thieves and burglars but it acts as a strong visual deterrent.
It’s the best way to give your possessions more protection. There are certain items targeted in robberies including jewellery, electrical appliances tools & power tools.
A security alarm system may even lower your home and contents insurance premiums. Many insurance companies offer generous discounts. This is because it increases home protection and reduces the chance of making a claim.
Are you looking to get a security alarm system to keep your valuables safe, and add extra security? Kenner Electrics are residential, commercial, and real estate electricians in Blackburn. We proudly serve Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs. For a free consultation and quote, call (03) 9996 0663, or contact us.