Home security is important to all of us. Crime is always present and in our current horrible economy it’s even more of a problem. I live in an upscale development but our neighborhood newsletter now mentions nearby crimes in every issue. Syliva, our guest author today has some good advice for all of us.
More than 20 percent of homeowners have a home security system of some kind. Security systems provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their home and loved ones are safe. Alarm systems protect your home against burglars, floods, fires and carbon monoxide.
However, security systems can do a lot more than that.
The latest in security system technology provides features that will not only protect your family, but also provide knowledge into what is going on in your home.
The following are four home security features your family should have:
1. A Customizable Chime
Every home security system is set to go off if an intruder opens the door while the system is “armed.” However, this won’t do you much good if your teenager is the one who is sneaking in and out of the house – via the windows.
As a result, it would be wise and safer for your family if you set up a “customizable chime” to go off every time someone opens a window. That way, you know when your adventurous children are sneaking out and if an intruder is sneaking in.
In addition, summer also happens to be the season when burglars strike the most. Open windows and screen doors only encourage easy break-ins. However, if you see “front window open” or “basement door open” on your screen pad, you’ll be reminded to close and lock everything before leaving your home.
2. Special Codes
During the summer, it’s likely that you and your family will be out of town for a few days on vacation. In situations like this, setting up the “special codes” feature is your best bet in protecting your home and letting neighbors into your house to walk the dog or water the plants.
For example, home owners will often risk leaving their systems deactivated because they don’t want to share the master code with visiting neighbors. However, this feature allows you to set up a special code for your visitors that will only work during their scheduled visiting times.
In addition, if your dog walker happens to be a bit “forgetful,” then you have the option of activating the Automatic Shutoff and Reset feature. This feature allows you to program your system to leave a “window” of access into your home for a designated amount of time.
3. “I’m Okay” Monitoring
The summer weather is ideal for people who love outdoor activities; however, it can also be dangerous for the elderly who are forced to stay indoors. If you know that your summer schedule will prevent you from checking in on your elderly relatives, it might be time to set them up with the “I’m Okay Monitoring” feature.
Unlike standard motion detectors, this feature will alert the alarm monitoring station if the system does NOT detect any motion for an extended period of time. This feature is ideal for anyone living alone because if the alarm does go off, a family member will be notified.
4. Remote Access
If a friendly neighbor calls to tell you that a package was delivered to your home and the postman left it on your door step, there isn’t much you can really do – unless you have remote access to your security system.
Remote access allows you to control your entire system through your smart phone or computer. In this case, you would be able to deactivate your system for a short time period in order to let your neighbor inside your home.
A home security system will keep you and your family safe. However, these advanced features will keep you and your family informed. Whether it’s your teenager sneaking out at night or elderly parent in distress, you’ll know what is going on in your home at all times.