UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | A total of 41,950 theft cases were reported in Uganda last year. This a reduction of 24.6 per cent from the 55,704 cases reported in 2019, according to the 2020 Annual Crime Report. Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, attributed the reduction in theft cases to the COVID-19 lockdown measures, and the installation of surveillance equipment.
Surveillance equiptment is just one component of a security system that can be installed in your home. Home security systems can comprise numerous physical and electronic components that work together to keep your home protected.
A home security system not only offers protection for your property, but your loved ones as well. In addition, a security system can do more than deter burglars. The right system can keep you linked to your home no matter where you are. The components in a security system can include security cameras, sensors, movement sensors, smoke detectors, alarms/sirens, and more.
Depending on the components you install, a security system can even let you know when doors are opened and closed, or if attempts are made to access sensitive areas such as liquor cabinets.
The components you install will also determine the cost. Security systems can be expensive; not only is there the hardware to consider, they often come with monthly fees, especially for professional monitoring and the internet.
Therefore, Let’s explore the benefits of installing home security systems so you can weigh up if it is worth the investment.
Even before different components of your home security system come into action, by merely installing them you are already preventing crime. Have you ever wondered why there are security signs/stickers outside some houses? They are there to deter criminals from breaking in or even attempting to plan any criminal activities on the property.
The majority of burglars will seek an alternative target if they know there is a security system with an alarm on the property, so just the fact that you have one goes a long way to keeping you more secure.
Intensifies Security and Safety
The core components of a home security system include sensors to detect an unwanted entry, a loud siren, and the ability to communicate with a remote monitoring team. If a criminal tries to enter a house with a fully functioning security system, the house owner will immediately know. When the alarms go off, the security company will call the police on your behalf directly. Once the criminal hears the alarms, they are likely to flee your property.
Hence, if you have a home security system in place you will be safer, even if your property is breached.
Smart Safety Alerts
Some security systems have components that can alert you if there are any issues with your houses, i.e., fire or gas leaks. Depending on your system, you can call the police yourself or have your security company contact them.
The home security system can also have features like alerting you through your smartphone if you leave your front door open, movement detection or if you have left your back window open. This works when you have a smart home or smart devices at home with door and window sensors. These features, along with live streaming options, can allow you to check on your homes even when you are away.
Live streaming is also a great tool to watch over your pets, or to keep an eye on your nanny looking after the children when you are away at work!
However, home security systems also have disadvantages. Sometimes, false alarms go off, which waste everyone’s time, including the police. And finally, you may forget to turn on the security system, which is perhaps your security system’s biggest weakness.
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