According to the FBI, there were an estimated 7,196,045 property crime offenses in the United States in 2018 alone, costing Americans an estimated $16.4 billion in losses. There are plenty of other reasons to invest in home security too, like higher property values, lower home insurance premiums and everyday convenience that simply can't be understated. Our team of security experts at AAA Smart Home has compiled a list of some of the highest priority reasons to install a home security system. Whatever your experience has been, we can all relate to at least a few of them.
In 2018, a burglary occurred every 26 seconds. Maybe you've read the news or seen worrisome statistics about break-ins in your own neighborhood. A home security system empowers you to prevent and address intrusions immediately and effectively. You can know exactly when a door or window opens with smart sensors that alert you via AAA Smart Home's app, and notify authorities if you know it' wasn't a neighbor's fly ball breaking your window. Plus, you can monitor, arm, and disarm your home remotely. Data supports the value of this investment too --- homes without security systems are 300% more likely to fall victim to burglary.
Researchers have found that certain households experience burglary at higher rates, such as those located along a thoroughfare or on a quiet residential street --- as opposed to homes with restricted access or in high-density neighborhoods, respectively. (A freeway or major road offers a clean getaway, and a lack of witnesses helps burglars work quickly and unnoticed.) Homes are also more likely to get burglarized when their guardian is away, and the home appears unoccupied. While the location of your home can't change easily, research indicates that simply having a home security system lowers the odds you'll experience an intrusion.
Along with open windows and doors, AAA Smart Home's app informs you when certain natural disasters are on the way. We've all seen harrowing videos of wildfires, and in some areas, they're a fact of life. Receive extreme weather alerts for your area, covering natural disasters such as these, as well as tornadoes and tsunamis. You'll also know about the safety of your home environment --- when smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, or flood sensors go off, even while you're away. Our flood sensor (monitored in Basic Monitoring) can let you know when water damage is occurring, so you can respond right away and save hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. A smart smoke alarm not only beeps when there's a fire in your house, but sends a push notification so that you can verify the threat and alert the fire department right away. Whether it's saving your plumbing budget or your priceless photos, a home security system helps you outsmart life's disasters.
If you work full-time, live far away, or otherwise can't check on them, installing a home security system can help keep your elderly loved ones safe, and you, sane. In case of a medical emergency, it's crucial to know what's going on right away, and get help as quickly as possible. With your parents' or grandparents' safety covered, you can put your mind at ease while you're far away.
Your suitcase is packed, you've checked in for your flight, and invested in sunscreen --- or skis. (Alternatively, your keynote deck is polished, your laser pointer is charged, and business cards are in your pocket.) Perhaps you've booked or insured your travel with AAA, and saved on a rental car with your Member discount. You haven't divulged travel plans to strangers, but you have asked neighbors to keep an eye out. Maybe you hired a house-sitter, or tasked a friend with checking in and collecting your mail. What's left? With AAA Smart Home, you can:
Know when windows and doors are open while you're away (Basic)
Get alerts for suspicious activity and send emergency services immediately (Basic)
Get alerts for floods, smoke, or carbon monoxide (Basic)
Lock and unlock your doors remotely (Smart)
Use light automation to give the illusion you're home (Smart)
Watch and record video inside and outside your home (Smart)
Small children are a delight and also a lot of responsibility. These curious ones can get into a lot of trouble, fast. While you know they need constant supervision and do your best, you're only human, and possibly a little sleep deprived. Outdoor cameras help you keep an eye on backyard games, and indoor cameras show you who keeps drawing on the dining room wall. Or, perhaps you have teenagers you'd like to keep an eye on. Eliminate back-and-forth with indoor cameras under our Smart Monitoring, so you can see if something unsafe is going on. Set a curfew and enforce it with a motion detector. With Basic Monitoring, you'll receive a push notification when someone enters your house, and you can know when your son or daughter is home even if it's after your bedtime. (No more waiting up for them in the kitchen.) Or, you can use footage from your outdoor camera to defend your new driver. (Video recording of a fender bender in your driveway can help you determine who was at fault.)
Most home insurance companies will offer a discount on your premium if you provide them with a security alarm certificate from your provider. Home insurance providers understand that there's a lower likelihood of a claim such as burglary, theft or damage to your home due to a home security system. Most home insurance providers offer discounts of up to 5% for basic security and 15-20% for one with professional monitoring. This discount on your premium can offset the cost of monitoring and installation. Security cameras can increase your home's value, and can couple with alarms as a competitive advantage if you're selling a home. While the actual impact a home security system will have on the price of your home, it adds to its intrinsic value by preventing damage through break-ins or fires. Like a home's amenities, a home security system with a reputable provider adds to the sense of safety and security potential owners have about the home. Buyers may also appreciate having a security system built in without having to set it up (or test its efficacy) themselves. This goes for indoor and outdoor cameras, control panels, garage door openers, alarms and smart locks, all part of our Smart Monitoring plan as well.
Many criminals are opportunistic in that a home security sticker in your window will deter them. But some will press on, and these career criminals have trade secrets that will make you shudder. They stalk your travel photos on social media, look for an overflowing mailbox, ply your guard dog with treats, and dumpster dive for sensitive documents. (Quick PSA: shred those papers.) Aside from avoiding the usual pitfalls, there's only so much you can do on your own. At a certain point, it's time to call in experienced professionals who install equipment properly and provide 24/7 monitoring. Statistics indicate that comprehensive home security works. In High Security Home's 2019 burglary research, they found that home security systems encourage intruders to move onto another house, preventing break-ins before they even happen. In fact, they found 83% of burglars would choose another home if the one they were casing had an alarm system.
Ever wonder how your pets behave (or misbehave) when you're away? Now you can know, and use our indoor camera with two-way audio to talk to them. Imagine making sure they're okay, seeing their adorable antics while you're gone, and even communicating with them remotely. You can also keep an eye on your dog-walker, and make sure they're caring for your pup as expected.
Under our Smart Monitoring, you can control your home's lights, appliances and temperature remotely --- even during vacation and while you're away from home. Program your AAA Smart Home thermostat to automatically turn off while you're away and turn on just before you get home. Our Smart Thermostat can reduce your energy consumption by 9-16% while heating and 15-23% while cooling. It uses data from other sensors in the home to regulate the temperature of the rooms you use, and avoid using energy on the others. With our Smart Lighting, you can dim your lights and make sure their bulbs last longer, helping you spend less on electricity. Whenever your AAA Smart Home System is set to "Armed Away" mode, smart lights (and plugs) automatically shut off, reducing energy usage while you're not at home. This dovetails with vacation protection and everyday safety too --- never come home to a dark porch, and make your home appear occupied while on vacation.
Maybe it's your grandmother's china, an award, a limited edition text, or a souvenir from distant travels. These are just a few items that could be expensive and time consuming to replace, if you even can. Don't risk losing sentimental valuables --- it's not worth the heartache. AAA Smart Home's cameras can be programmed to focus on a specific area or item in the house, so that your masterpiece is always supervised. You can receive a push notification when one of your kids gets close to that model train you've labored on for years, or when an intruder has found their way to your safe. With an indoor camera's footage, you'll be able to contact the authorities when you receive alerts and even catch the suspect on camera, so police know who they're looking for. Most of us relate to some combination of these factors, along with our own unique experiences. Our in-house team can address your specific concerns, customizing a system that's right for your needs and your budget. If you'd like more information on how AAA Smart Home helps you outsmart these common issues, request a quote today.