A monitored home security system can protect your home in a variety of ways. While protecting valuables such as jewelry, cash, collectibles, or items of sentimental value or sensitive documents is a traditional application for a home alarm system, it is not the only one.
Case in point: last week, a 12-year old girl was startled by a would-be intruder attempting to enter her family's home at approximately 10:30 AM, while she was home alone. The girl told police that the perpetrator broke the glass on the front door and reached in, apparently in an attempt to open the door.
Police officials say the girl kept her cool and pushed the panic button on the family's alarm system. The loud siren drove off the intruder, and the security system simultaneously summoned police assistance. The suspect was apprehended by police about a block away from the home, still wearing the latex gloves he had apparently donned in an effort to avoid leaving fingerprints at the scene.
While the girl could have dialed 911, explained the situation, and received police response, it is likely the intruder would have made his way into the home before police arrived, and the girl could have suffered a much more traumatic experience. Her parents' decision to invest in a home security system possibly prevented a tragedy.
Your home is your family's sanctuary and escape from the pressures and stresses of the outside world. Unfortunately, there are those who would threaten your peaceful and quiet enjoyment of the home you have worked so hard to provide for your family. Relying on a false sense of security - the idea that "it can't happen in our neighborhood" - could lead to a tragic outcome.
At the very least, every member of your family should understand their individual responsibility for helping to ensure the safety and security of all other family members. It only takes one unlocked door, a garage door left open, or a similar oversight to create an opportunity for someone who already has sufficient motivation to do your family harm.
A monitored security system is still the best investment in your family's safety and peace of mind. And with security systems now more affordable, convenient, and easier to use than ever, most every family can benefit from electronic security protection.
About the author: George A. White is a state-licensed security professional based in the Chicago area. His passion for home safety and security has lead him to pursue training and certification in locksmithing; safe and vault installation and service; and alarm system installation and programming, including National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) certification. For more information or to receive a free home security assessment, please contact George at email@example.com