I received a sales call today, and it was not annoying. The call was from the home security industry (specifically representing ADT) and our conversation actually gave me pause allowing me to consider about a new way I can serve my clients. With the shorter days, and less sunlight, not to mention winter holiday travel plans for many folks, I thought this would be a good time to share what I learned today about keeping your home, possibly your largest financial asset, safe and sound. 

Nowadays home security systems do a lot more than protect your family against burglaries and break-ins. Many systems also provide advanced warning services for fire, carbon monoxide and even medical emergencies. As an added benefit, many insurance companies will reward home owners for installing and using an alarm and offer discounts to home owners.  According to REALTOR.com, "Statistics show that homes with a security system are three times less likely to be burglarized. In fact, 9 out of 10 convicted burglars admit that they typically avoid a home protected by an alarm system."

Here in Louisville, Colorado, we feel pretty safe on a day to day basis, but we don't want to let our guard down and become lazy and unaware.  Here's a statistic that surprised me from REALTOR.com: "Even if you are moving to a relatively ‘safe’ neighborhood, you should consider installing an alarm or security system. One out of every five homes will have a burglary, fire or carbon-monoxide poisoning over the next six years." Wowza! That is 20% of homes! 

Thanks to a wide range of advanced systems there are many ways an alarm can protect you from potential dangers while providing features to make your life easier. Before you decide on a home security system, think about who and what you want to protect. Consider the following options recommended by REALTOR.com, and offered by some of the top security firms in the country:

24-Hour Monitoring
Systems that are monitored by trained professionals not only sound an alarm, but also enable the security company to call the police, the fire department or an ambulance in an emergency  even if you’re not home or can’t get to the phone.

Theft Protection
Most basic monitored systems feature door and window sensors, sounders, motion detectors and signs to deter criminals. More advanced systems feature glass-break detectors.

Cellular Backup
For extra security, a cellular backup unit keeps the system connected to the monitoring center if your phone line is cut or your service is out.

Smoke and Fire Detection
Every 24 hours, 20 people die by fire in their homes. Monitored detectors can sound an alarm to alert you and your family and can send a signal to a monitoring center, where a trained professional can call the fire department if you’re away or unable to get to the phone.

Carbon Monoxide Detection
Each year 1,800 people die and 10,000 people are hospitalized from exposure to this odorless, colorless gas. A sensor can detect this dangerous gas, sound an alarm, and send a signal to the monitoring center, where a professional can call for help if you are unconscious. (It is now a law in Colorado to have CO monitors installed in homes)

Temperature Control Monitoring
Worried about your water pipes freezing? Sensors can alert both you and the monitoring center to low temperatures to help protect your home from damage caused by frozen and bursting pipes.

Flood Detection
Rising water in your home triggers sensors that can alert both you and the monitoring center to broken water pipes or an overflowing washer.

Medical Emergency Pendant
This easy-to-use, lightweight device is ideal for seniors living alone who want to feel safe and keep their independence. That’s important when you consider that one out of every three homes will have a medical emergency this year. If something happens, a simple touch of a button alerts the monitoring center, where a professional can call for help.

Video Intercom
Better than a peephole, this one-button door-sentry system can let you see and hear who is at your door, from anywhere in your home.

Keychain Remote Control
Don’t like to punch in passcodes? A wireless remote control small enough to put on your key ring can let you turn your system on or off or even let you turn on the lights in your home with the touch of a single button. Some systems also let you operate your system via touch-tone phone from almost anywhere in the world.

Lighting Control
Lamp modules can be programmed to turn on your lights when your system detects fire or an intruder, or when activated by the keypad or a remote control.

Text Messaging Alerts
Some systems can be programmed to page you when your kids come home or alert you to an emergency condition in your house.

Special Access
Certain security systems allow service or repair people to enter specific areas of your home while keeping the system armed in the rest of the house.

If you have been following Louisville Realty Associates on social media you will know that we provide regular updates on what we think home owners and home buyers may be like to know.  We also provide snapshots of market data for East Boulder County. While it is easy to get lost in the multitude of statistics available for everyone to look at online, we always keep our data sweet and simple. Check out East Boulder Town market statistics here.  At Louisville Realty Associates, our wonderful agents have the experience, energy and depth of knowledge to help you list your home for the best price. You can reach me anytime at @cory@louisvillerealtyassociates.com

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