If you're worried about crime in your neighborhood occurring, you're far from alone. Every 30 seconds, a burglar strikes somewhere in the United States. As common as property crimes are, most Americans find themselves unprotected against a home invasion.
Only 38% of Americans have security systems on their properties, despite it being one of the most effective home security measures. When most burglars pick their targets, they've carefully studied the homes in an area. They don't want to run into a confrontation with a homeowner, or worse, the police. They want to get in and out, steal what they can find and move on to their next target.
That makes a security system in your Spanish Fort home an effective deterrent to potential thieves. A security system is your best defense because home security can alert the police promptly when someone attempts to gain unauthorized access to your property. Most burglars will see security cameras, signs and other parts of your system and won't bother going after your home. If a burglar is very determined, they might ignore them and hope to get lucky, but an alarm can force them to keep their search to no more than a minute before they have to flee. Given that the average burglary costs upwards of $2,000 to homeowners, that alarm can help keep your costs down should an invasion occur.
As technology keeps improving, so does the technology available to deter specific threats against your home. One of the most common parts of a home security defense is installing cameras to help you recover lost items should a thief make a getaway. Cameras can pick up footage of criminals, so the police know the suspect's body type and possibly identify the person with information from other crimes. Most thieves cover their faces, but if a criminal leaves their face exposed, a camera can pick it up and help police match it to a potential suspect's profile.
Motion detectors go even further than cameras in protecting your home against potential threats. While a security camera installation is an excellent first step, motion detectors monitor areas in the home and alert law enforcement to an intruder's presence. Most thieves don't have time to get far once they set off an alarm. A simple action by the sensor is enough to trigger the system to call the police and get them to your property. If you have to be away from home for several hours, it's a great layer of defense.
Glass break sensors add to that security by going off when there's a forced entry to the home. Usually, intruders don't get this far against your home's defenses before giving up and moving to another target. Still, if they do, broken glass can alert the police before a thief even has a chance to enter your home. As soon as there are any signs of a forced entry, the system calls for help, ensuring you've got backup on the premises as soon as possible.
When you opt for a smart home security system in Alabama, you'll get a proven system set up to defend the areas where criminals are most likely to try to gain entry. Your security professional will install a security panel in a place that's easy for you to access and show you how to arm and disarm the system. You'll need to know how to do both for evenings at home when you don't want to be disturbed, as well as when you leave home for travel or business.
If you have motion sensors and video surveillance, your security expert will review their placement with you and explain how they work. Once your system is installed, your security camera systems expert will test the system with you and ensure it's properly activated. If there's an issue, they'll figure out what it is and how they can fix it before they leave your home.
If you want to improve your security and get peace of mind, our Smart Home Security team can help. We understand how criminals think when they target potential homes, and we're proud to help homeowners stay one step ahead of them. Contact us today to discuss your options for security systems to protect your home.