Why You Need Monitored Security in Your Home

By Crystal Newton on Aug 13th, 2014 11:18 AM

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Merriam-Webster defines "home” as "the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives.” If you are like most people, your home is so much more than the four walls and roof where you return after a hard day’s work. Your home is your sanctuary. It is where everything that matters to you is. Your spouse, children, pets and possessions reside there, and all those things are well worth protecting.

Whether you are home or away, you want to know that the things you value the most are being cared for. There are few better ways to ensure your property and loved ones are protected than by having a professionally-installed home security system.

  • Intrusion - When most people think home security, the first thing that jumps to mind is "burglary alarm.” Magnetic contacts on doors or windows, motion sensors and glass break detectors work in conjunction to notify the monitoring station that there is an unlawful intruder. If you are away, you can trust that the authorities have been contacted and will meet you there to help assess what damage has been done. If the unthinkable happens and you are home when an intrusion occurs, you do not have to worry about trying to reach out for help, yourself. The monitoring station has you covered 24/7, as long as the system is armed.

While intrusion detection is an important component, it is not the only function of a monitored home security system. In fact, fire and life safety devices are essential to having a well-protected home. They work around the clock, whether your system is armed or not.

  • Monitored Smokes - From cooking fires to electrical malfunctions, there are many potential causes for residential fires. They can happen quickly and without warning. Moreover, statistics from the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration show that 50% of all fatal fires occur between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. A home security system with monitored smoke and heat detection devices means that, no matter the cause or the hour, someone is getting help to you quickly.
  • Monitored CO Detection - The Centers for Disease Control describes carbon monoxide as "an odorless, colorless gas, which can cause sudden illness and death” and which "is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned.” Humans cannot detect it. A disturbing fact, when you consider that many household items, including furnaces, portable generators and charcoal grills produce this poison gas. The C.D.C. recommends the installation of carbon monoxide detectors near every sleeping area in your home. Monitored detectors would offer an extra level of protection for your family.
  • Water Detection - While a flooded basement, laundry room or water closet is hardly a life-threatening event, water damage accounts for 28% of the most frequent causes of homeowners’ insurance claims. A monitored water detection system is designed to alert you of the presence of moisture before any major damage can occur.Like life safety devices, they are monitored 24/7, and can be essential to helping you prevent the considerable hassle and expense of dealing with the result of a leaking or burst pipe in your home.

Detection of intruders, fire and other emergency situations can give you the peace of mind you want and deserve when it comes to your home and the people you care for the most; but these are just a few benefits to having a monitored home security system professionally installed and serviced by Bates Security. Contact usfor a tailor-made proposal suited to your family’s unique security needs.

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