I live in a relatively nice neighborhood. Can I still benefit from a home security system?

Anyone can benefit from a home security system, even if security isn’t your primary concern.

No matter how good your neighborhood is, a home security system can provide additional peace of mind. According to the FBI, there were nearly 1.3 million home burglaries in the U.S. in 2013, with an average loss of $2,315. Although the FBI doesn’t provide detailed information on the kinds of neighborhoods where these crimes took place, a security system may help you no matter where you live.

Take Control of Your Home

Some systems offer a suite of home automation, lighting and appliance control, and energy management features that can increase comfort and convenience while reducing your utility bills. For example, Vivint® offers mobile thermostat control, making it possible to let your house warm up during the day when no one’s home, helping reduce your air conditioning costs. Before you leave work, you can lower the temperature, so your home is comfortable by the time you get there.

Vivint’s lighting and appliance module lets you turn any number of home appliances on or off: start the crockpot from the office so dinner’s ready when you get home, or turn off the curling iron you forgot about this morning.

While you’re traveling, you can turn on various lights to make it look as if you’re home using manual control, or setting a daily schedule for devices to turn on and off.

Additional Dangers

In 2013, there were nearly 370,000 home fires in the U.S, causing $6.8 billion in damage. Every LifeShield home security system, as well as all Frontpoint® home security systems include fire, carbon monoxide, and flood monitoring to help protect against multiple threats, whether you’re home or away. Frontpoint also offers life safety monitoring for medical emergencies, making it easier to summon help from emergency responders no matter what the reason.

Watch Your Wheels

Aside from your home, your car is one of your biggest investments, so it makes sense to want to be able to keep track of it. Protect America offers GPS monitoring that allows you to know where your car is at all times. That offers more peace of mind against theft and makes recovery easier, but it also lets you monitor more than the car itself. If your kids borrow the car, GPS monitoring can help let you know they’re going where the said they would, that they’ve arrived safely, and whether they were speeding on the way there. GPS monitoring can even let you use your smartphone to locate your car in the middle of the mall parking lot on Black Friday.

More Than the Name Suggests

Security systems offer a number of benefits beyond what the name suggests, making them a valuable addition to any home.

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