The idea of alarm systems can be overwhelming. Denver homeowners accustomed to life without the technology may regard them as unnecessary or even ineffective. However, with $4.5 billion in property lost during 2013 home invasions, Americans should consider the risks of leaving their homes unprotected.
1. I Need a Landline
Some systems offer landline connections as an option, but smartphone technology is making them more reliable and manageable. Newer, state-of-the art systems offer features like remote notifications and password control. In most cases, all you need to, protect your home, is a cell phone.
2. Guard Dogs are More Reliable
Like people, guard dogs are subject to various types of assault. Those attacks can occur in the form of firearms, brute force, tasers, etc. There is no guarantee that a dog, regardless of its size, will successfully stop a burglary in progress. Alarm systems are triggered immediately after activity is identified at one of the armed locations. This is enough to turn away most burglars.
3. Alarm Systems Are Too Expensive
These days, alarm systems are moderately inexpensive, especially when compared to video monitoring. In fact,safety at home, is becoming cheaper than ever. Many Denver customers pay just under $50 per month for mid-grade services. High performance systems can range closer to $60, but generally, homeowners won’t need to pay more than that.
4. Safe Neighborhoods Aren’t At Risk
On the contrary, a number of residents living in Denver’s higher-end neighborhoods have been subject to theft. These areas may be more appealing to semi-professional burglars rather than opportunists, but break-ins can occur anywhere. In fact, homes with greater appeal are often targeted by experienced burglars. In these cases, installing an alarm system is the greatest deterrent.
5. It Won’t Happen To Me
An opportunist will strike where chances of easily slipping into and out of a home appear to be the greatest. Instead of targeting large items and safes, this class of burglar will look for smaller, easy to carry items. Cash, small electronics, and even prescription drugs are just a few items that commonly go missing from burglarized homes. Anything of moderate value is at risk during in-home theft.
6. An Alarm System Won’t Deter Burglars
A wise burglar will pass up a potentially alarmed home before risking arrest and jail time. Often, alarm system installations include decals and signs warning would-be burglars to steer clear. If the message isn’t explicit enough, the sound of an alarm screaming through the home will not only alert the security company, but neighbors as well. This will most likely send the culprit on his way.
7. Alarm Systems Fail When the Power Goes Out
Many alarm systems use back-up batteries as a fail safe, and they can be hard wired or programmed to work with smartphones. If a power outage occurs while a burglary is in progress, the system can still alert authorities. Modern alarm systems have become much more advanced in recent years, and manufacturers continue to find new ways to make their products more effective and competitive.