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Do You Need a Security System? 5 Ways to Tell

As a conscientious homeowner, you do a lot to keep your home safe. You lock all your doors. You secure all your windows. You even save emergency numbers to your mobile so you can call the appropriate help at a moment’s notice.

But as a homeowner, you also want to save money. You don’t want to spend your hard-earned cash on upgrades and devices that don’t do their job or live up to your expectations. You wonder whether a home security system merits further investigation, or if you would be better off training a dog to guard your family.

Before you decide, take a look at the following list. If you fall into any of these categories, ask an expert to install a security system for your home.

1.  You Live in a Dangerous Neighbourhood

The crime rate in Brisbane, Queensland and the surrounding areas is relatively low compared to the rest of Australia. But that doesn’t mean your neighbourhood will stay exempt from theft and property damage.

Use the Western Australia Police website to search for crime statistics in your area. If you see recent cases of assault or burglary, you’ll want to install extra security in your home.

2. Your Business Has More than 5 Employees

As a business owner, you’d like to think the best of all your employees. Perhaps you have an extensive interview process in place and perform background checks on all your new hires.

But even the best employees may try to take advantage of your hospitality, and the more employees you hire, the more your business may be at risk for theft, misconduct and false workers’ compensation claims.

A security system can act as an extra set of eyes and ears when you have to leave for a conference call, and the right system can also monitor when employees enter or exit the building.  

3. You Recently Made a Large Purchase

You work hard to afford modern conveniences, such as your latest surround sound theatre system or your newest HD 3D TV. And you love to entertain your visitors with your new system and show off what the hardware and software can do.

But word about your expensive items spreads quickly. Even if your neighbours have high moral standards, you don’t have a guarantee that their relatives or friends will have the same beliefs. To protect your big purchases from theft, opt for a security system that alerts both the police and you whenever someone breaks into your home.

4. You Want to Lower Your Insurance Costs

Do you feel your home insurance takes a significant bite out of your income? Many insurance providers view homes without adequate security as a potential risk in their investment. Homeowners without these systems are more likely to make claims than those with measures in place, so providers charge more on their premiums.

If you want to lower your insurance premiums, install alarms, deadlocks and other devices that will deter theft.

5.  You Crave Peace of Mind

If you live alone, or you worry about protecting your family, you may stay up late at night wondering if you forgot to check the window. Or if you travel frequently, you may have a difficult time enjoying your time away from home if you worry that you left the garage door unlocked.

With the right security system, you can put those fears to rest. Some systems enable you to lock your doors and windows remotely, while others will simply let you know when someone stops by your home.

Talk to your local security and communications provider to learn more about which systems work best for you and your family. 

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