For many, the decision to install a home alarm system can be a big one. It can be an added responsibility and an extra outgoing. Some people may consider the cheaper substitutes of a DIY system or a dummy alarm box to deter thieves.
But these deterrent options are not always effective.
In 2018, Australia had the 5th highest rate of burglaries in the world. Over 400,000 households experienced a break-in or attempted break-in. Over 70% of those households successfully broken into were robbed and nearly 12% experienced a confrontation between someone in the household and the perpetrator (Australian Bureau of Statistics).
Australian households have an average of $69,400 worth of contents which can be difficult enough to replace before you start adding up irreplaceable jewellery, heirlooms, laptops and computer file storage. And that’s not the only damage you’re facing, houses that reported break-ins last year also reported smashed doors, broken locks, shattered windows, destroyed furniture, and vandalised walls.
Let’s not forget the most valuable things in your house: you and your family. Studies have found that even two weeks after the event, victims of home burglary are more anxious, hostile, depressed, tired, and confused. They can often suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after the incident, the effects of which can be felt for years to come.
Comprehensive home alarm systems can alert people inside the house, alert neighbours and send would-be burglars running. In a survey, 31% of detained burglars admitted that improvements in home security are contributing to a gradual decline in home break-ins. Visible, monitored alarm systems linked to external security companies can vastly reduce your risk of encountering an attempted break-in, protecting you and your family so you can sleep easy.
Can a home alarm system reduce the cost of home insurance?
Because of the impact on preventing property crime that installing a home security alarm can have, many insurance providers are offering reduced premiums to households with comprehensive alarm systems.
Some Australian insurance providers now only offer cover on homes fitted with burglar alarms. Hiring a trusted alarm system provider to install alarms, additional locks, deadlocks, and lockable bolts on your windows could mean paying less in the long run and having a wider choice of policies to choose from when it comes to protecting your home.
Will an alarm system be prone to false alarms?
It’s true that some lower-quality home alarm systems are notorious for false alarms but a trusted, expert security firm and a high-quality system can avoid this.
Protection Plus Security NQ can give you true peace of mind with over 30 years of experience within our technical department and offering a full end-to-end service from consulting through to planning, installation, handover, and training for you to confidently operate the system.
The biggest causes of false alarms are fault equipment, incorrect installation, and pets triggering motion detectors. Protection Plus Security NQ has a wealth of experience in both residential and commercial system installation, tailoring to pet-friendly sensors.
We can build and design a system to not only suit your needs but also your budget.
While DIY and dummy alarm boxes may seem like a tempting, cheaper alternative to the real thing, the safety of you and your family is worth more than that.
When you need top notch security for your business or home, you need to call us at Protection Plus Security NQ.
We are the largest locally owned security provider in North Queensland with branch offices in Townsville and Cairns.
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