Did you know that 90% of convicted burglars say they would avoid homes with smart security solutions?
Statistics show that every 14.5 seconds, a burglary is reported to the police. Montecito homeowners who don’t want to become part of that statistic have choices when it comes to security. But safety from a robbery is just one of the many benefits of today’s smart alarms. A built-in alarm system can also detect smoke and other hazards, offer advanced security with video doorbell and surveillance systems, allow you to access your security remotely, control the temperature in your home and add value when it comes time to sell.
Here are 5 reasons to buy or upgrade your current built-in alarm to one of the many smart security solutions now:
- Smart Security Solutions Are Extremely Affordable Now
Thanks to advances in technology, home security is more affordable today than it has ever been. (Of course, you can’t put a price on protecting your family.) Today, these systems cost between $330-$1,040 to purchase and install. Plus, by utilizing smart technology for your security needs, you cut out the need to hire an expensive security company.
Homeowners can feel empowered knowing that security alerts will come directly to their phone. Plus, monthly subscriptions for smart security solutions usually cost a lot less than what you’d pay to subscribe to a traditional security service.
- Pays You Back When the Time Comes to Sell
Buyers are looking for homes that offer added safety and convenience: something the right security system can offer. And those buyers will pay for it. I’ve blogged before about the top home improvements that pay you back, but the list didn’t include any of the smart security solutions.
- A Significant Drop in Neighborhood Crime
According to a Rutgers University study, neighborhoods, where several homes installed smart alarm systems, saw a significantly lower rate of crime. That’s benefitting the entire neighborhood.
It’s a fact, burglars are looking for homes that aren’t protected by home security, and entire neighborhoods where they can easily break into multiple homes without getting caught. So, not only would you be protecting your home and family from break-ins, you’d be adding value to the entire neighborhood. Since safe neighborhoods are desirable to would-be home buyers, a smart security solution can help you sell your home faster and at a higher price.
- Save Money with A Smart Alarm System
Many homeowners can save up to 20% on their insurance just by adding a smart alarm system. That’s because the decrease in incidents that could result in damaged properties shows insurance companies that homeowners are less of a risk, which qualifies them for discounts. Not only can they reduce their insurance costs, they can also save money on buying these security systems if they ask about discounts.
Smart alarms also reduce theft claims. Most burglars enter homes through the front or back door or a first-floor window: breaking them in the process of getting in. The cost of fixing a broken window or kicked-in door can cost more than your valuables the thieves take. Even if burglars do get into your home, if you have a smart security system, they’re much more likely to leave quickly, with fewer treasures.
- Help Law Enforcement to Identify and Apprehend Criminals
Video surveillance can actually help law enforcement identify and apprehend criminals. If you watch the news, just about every day you’ll hear a story about how video surveillance helped solve a crime. And since video surveillance keeps evolving, new features like facial recognition and auto-zoom can go a long way toward preventing future crimes.
When selecting which video surveillance to use, experts suggest you look for a camera with high resolution and test the angle regularly. That way, you’ll be sure your camera is always pointing in the most advantageous direction to capture all the critical areas of your property. They also suggest you review the quality of the feed regularly to make sure the resolution is optimal.
Take the popular Nest Cam Outdoor, for example. This system allows homeowners to monitor their home in 1080p high definition video accessed via a smartphone 24/7/365. The two-way audio feature allows homeowners to use their voice to frighten away would-be intruders. You can also give instructions to delivery people and make sure your packages are safe on your front porch.
While smart security solutions aren’t foolproof, they’re defiantly worth it, if for no other reason than your peace of mind. I recommend you choose from the 10 best smart security systems for your Montecito home listed on www.consumeradvocate.org. They have an editorial team that researches thousands of things like smart home security solutions.
Many of the upscale homes I represent already come equipped with smart security solutions or are pre-wired for them. So, if you’re looking to move in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, please call at +1.805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I spend my time researching the luxury real estate market in the Santa Barbara area’s most sought-after communities and neighborhoods and will happily find you a new residence while adding your listing to my portfolio of fine homes in the area.