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The Benefits of Home Security Systems
You may think that the benefits of a home security system are pretty clear to see. So why have so many people not taken the time, money or effort to invest in securing their biggest asset, their home?
The statistics tell much of the story when it comes to choosing whether or not to implement an up to date home security system and some of them are pretty shocking.
The key statistics as reported by safeguardtheworld.com are as follows:
- There are up to 2 million burglaries reported each year in the US.
- Almost 66% of all burglaries in the US are at domestic properties
- Homes without security systems increase the risk of burglary up to 300%
The final statistic there is the key one. Ultimately, a home security system is a deterrent to intruders and the smart home automation systems that are on the market today make it increasingly difficult for burglars and much easier for home owners and savvy renters to protect their assets.
In addition to the feeling of safety and protection that comes with the installation of a home security system, there comes a host of other benefits.
Personal Safety Brings Peace Of Mind
Having shelter is a basic need of survival, just like feeling safe. The peace of mind that a home alarm system provides is priceless when it comes to feeling safe and secure in your own home.
No more sleepless nights worrying about the noise coming from down the hall.
No more creeping down the stairs in the middle of the night because you thought you heard a strange noise just to find a dripping tap.
Being able to rest easy is important for everyone, and this benefit of home security systems cannot be underestimated.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Many smart home automation systems now include fire and carbon monoxide detection systems so you do nott need to worry about installing a separate system. Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer and there is no excuse for not having a fire alarm. Some systems will even automatically contact the emergency services in the case of detection, something that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Priceless.
Lower Cost Homeowners Insurance
Running a home is a costly affair and every expense adds up. A significant benefit of installing a home security system is that it is most likely going to reduce your homeowner insurance premiums. Insurance companies are all too aware of the fact that without a security system your home is 300% more likely to be targeted by burglars,therefore it stands to reason that they will offer reduced rates for homeowners who have taken steps to reduce the risk posed to their homes.
Protect Your Belongings
On average, each of the estimated 2.5 million burglaries that take place across the United States cost the homeowner in the region of $1,700. Not only are you reducing the risk to your personal safety when you implement an effective home security system but you are also protecting yourself financially. In addition to the cost of replacing personal possessions you are also likely to see an increase in insurance premiums should you need to make a claim. What about those items of sentimental value? You cannot replace those, so minimizing the risk should be a top priority.
What is Smart Home Automation?
Smart home automation is often referred to as the internet of things. But what does this mean? In a nutshell, smart home automation is the notion that almost every aspect of our homes has their own IP address, its own way of communicating with a network that you control.
From security to energy management and from surveillance to entertainment; smart home automation systems are designed to be practical, useful and fun.
In most home automation setups there will be a central control panel located within the home that will offer the homeowner complete control over the various automated systems that they have installed. Often these are configured by the homeowner who chooses a home automation system that meets their needs. This is particularly useful if the homeowner is on a budget and just wants to start off with the necessities but may want to add to the network at a later date.
It could be likened to buying a computer and then upgrading the graphics card at a later date. The core is still intact but the system has been improved.
So what exactly can a smart home automation system do?
The honest answer to the question is that there are now very few limits to what a home automation system can do. Of course, the cost will vary depending on what features you require but the most common uses of a home automation system include:
- Outdoor and doorbell cameras
- Central control panel
- Video recording
- Smart locks
- Garage door controls
- Element thermostats
- Water pressure monitors
- Music streaming systems
- Environment management
- Lighting controls
One of the key features of modern home automation systems is the way we control them. The popularity of smartphones has paved the way for mobile devices (and more specifically – mobile apps) to provide the perfect platform to control our homes from. Gone are the days of needing a bulky desktop computer to do this job, now our palm sized cell phones have the power and usability to enable us to have convenient and on demand control over how our homes are run.
Can Home Automation Actually Save You Money?
There is no doubt about it, home automation is fun. It is also pretty convenient. But can it actually save you money? The energy efficiency element of the home automation can certainly help you save energy and although the standard thermostats in your home will effectively do the same job, it is the instant nature of home automation that can really help drive costs down, add to this the simplicity and ease at which you can control temperatures and monitor for water leaks and you will soon start to see how the potential savings can stack up.
How Alarm Systems Have Evolved
Most of us will know of older generations who commonly use phrases such as we never used to have to lock our doors back in our day, and it is certainly true that security was far less of an issue in the early twentieth century than it is today, but then there were perhaps other things to worry about!
Post World War 1 was when the onset of crime and particularly burglaries really started to increase. An increased awareness amongst American citizens led to an increased demand for home security systems with basic alarm systems being the highest in demand. There was also a programme that went by the name of door shakers that meant people who subscribed to the programme would have their door checked each night to ensure it was locked. However, even back in the 1940s, the more advanced home alarm systems would raise an audible alarm through the use of a battery and a bell and a series of electromagnets attached to doors and windows to raise an alarm should there be an intruder.
By the 1970s we saw the introduction of video surveillance systems but nothing like the unobtrusive systems that we might have today.
Quite the contrary.
The video alarm systems in the 1970s and 1980s consisted of very bulky motorized cameras that sent a live signal to a video monitor (usually located in the home) but the images were generally lacking in quality and were not recorded.
The term smart home was originally coined in 1984 (which just so happens to coincide with the aptly titled book about video surveillance) but it was not until the mid 1990s when Garentechnology was introduced in homes of the elderly that we really saw smart home automation that even slightly resembles what we know of today.
By the turn of the millennium the term domotics had been created to mean the connection of domestic appliances to robots and computers but a lack of investment and a high cost of research meant that this never really took off.
In 1998, the UK led the way with home automation and introduced the first smart home that had fully automated heating, security, lighting, door and garden systems. This home, owned by a cell phone company, led the way for further research and crucially showed that there would be a demand for such innovation in domestic property.
The advent of mobile internet, being connected everywhere and the technological advances with smartphones (that are effectively mini computers) means that the platform is now set for home automation systems to move to the next level. Many people would argue that we are already there, after all, not so long ago we would never have imagined that we might be able to talk to a system and tell our lights to dim,and they actually do it. In fact, 22 years ago, Amazon had only just been founded, now we talk about Amazon Echo and most of us know exactly what it does!
Home Security Cameras in Today’s World
In George Orwells novel 1984 (written in 1949) the idea of omnipresent government surveillance is a principle theme. The technology did not exist, but perhaps this brilliant piece of dystopian literature started to light the imaginations of the worlds greatest minds who went on to create the home security cameras in todays world.
Gone are the obtrusive, low quality cameras of even decades after Orwells masterpiece. Now there are so many options to choose from that it is almost an embarrassment of riches, with the exception that you do not need to be rich to own a home security camera.
Remember, homes that do not have a security system in place carry a 300% higher risk than homes that do. So purchasing a home security camera is a sound investment to make and one that is easier than ever to do.
To take an in depth look at some of the top home surveillance cameras on the market today, we thought we would focus on Vivint, our favoured smart home automation provider.
Vivint Ping Camera
This discreet device allows you to place it anywhere in your home so you can check in at any time and from anywhere you have an internet connection. The high quality camera can be viewed in real time and can also provide smart clips (20 seconds of footage) for up to the last 45 days. If it is dark then that is no bother either, the night vision mode will enable you to check in no matter what time zone you are in and at a time that is convenient to you.
Vivint Doorbell Camera�
Possibly the least obtrusive camera that money can buy. This camera sits in the doorbell and is hardly noticeable except for the luxury finish. The device that provides super high quality video will even detect when someone approaches your front door and stream the footage straight to your phone.
The camera is a wide angle 180 degrees and is perfectly clear whether it is day or night with built in night vision. It has a built in microphone and speaker so you can interact and speak back and forth using the microphone on your mobile phone, this is a seriously beautiful piece of kit and as well as deterring unwanted visitors it will create a seriously good first impression for the visitors you do want.
Vivint Outdoor Camera
The outdoor camera is the classic. It is the one that really sends out a statement to a potential burglar. Big enough to see but small enough to be unobtrusive or impact negatively on the exterior design of your home, the outdoor camera is the ultimate in home security and burglary prevention.
The Vivint Outdoor Camera provides full high definition video footage and can again be viewed live or viewed via the on demand 20 second smart clips. One of the best features of this outdoor camera is the motion detection that alerts you via an update on your mobile phone if motion is detected.
You can record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if required and then go back and view the entire history if required. Night vision means that no matter what time of day you have a potential problem, every moment will be captured on the device.
The Vivint System
The Vivint home automation and security system is right up there with the best and you can tailor your system to your exact requirements. From smart phone app to every type of camera you could possibly need, you will not be left wanting with Vivint. Vivint SkyControl� is installed in your home is the final piece of a complete system that really sets a new standard in home automation and security.