WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS BEFORE YOU BUY?
We’ve all heard the adage “the best defense is a good offense,” but when it comes to your home, the best defense is actually a home security system.
According to the 2018 American Time Use Study, the average American spends 7.9 hours (per work day) working outside the home — and that doesn’t include time spent commuting or pursuing pre- and post-work hobbies. That’s a long time to leave your residence on its own. If you’re considering a home security system, here are 7 things you should know.
1. Almost 75% of Americans with security systems feel safer than those without them.
The 2019 Home Security Survey reported that 38% of Americans own a home security product of some type. Three out of four respondents to the survey (74.3%) reported owning a security system or product made them feel safer. Cameras were the most reported type of security product, but monitored systems and smart locks were also popular devices to add peace of mind.
2. Eighty-five percent of burglaries occur when a home is unoccupied.
Don’t let that statistic discourage you. Research also suggests that up to 60% of convicted burglars chose a different home when realizing their initial target was protected by a security system.
3. Custom security systems don’t have to break the bank.
It’s a misconception that a security system will cost you hundreds of dollars per month. While cost varies depending on type of plan — and the company you choose — you can protect your home for under $60/month. That’s less than the cost of cable.
4. Professional installation means it’s done right.
When protecting your home, you want to know it’s done right. (That’s why all of our systems can be installed professionally, by our teams or our authorized partners. We’ve won awards for our professional installation, and our pro-monitoring.)
5. Wireless cameras are just part of a protected home.
It’s tempting to install some wireless cameras and call it quits, especially if you’re just renting. However, having a reputable company that monitors your home, and motion sensors on doors and windows gives you an extra layer of protection for the people — and possessions — you care about most.
6. You can integrate your home security with other smart devices.
We’ve come a long way from the days of big, bulky alarm panels in awkward places. Modern, custom security systems blend into your day-to-day life. With apps that can let you monitor your home remotely, to integration with smart devices, you can be sure you always know your home is safe.
7. It’s important to shop around.
You need to pick a company you can trust, at a price point that works for your budget. J.D. Power ranks Brinks Home Security #1 in customer satisfaction for pro-installed home security systems, two years in a row. Plus, we offer transparent pricing and a risk-free 30-day guarantee.
To find out more about protecting your home with us, visit brinkshome.com or call us at 866.923.4799.
Brinks Home Security received the highest score in the Pro-Installed segment in the J.D. Power 2018-2019 Home Security Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction with their home security system. Visit jdpower.com/awards.
Ananda Boardman is the manager of PR & communications for Brinks Home Security. She’s passionate about sharing the benefits of smart home security with her fellow North Americans.