4 Questions to Ask About Your Home Security
Just how protected is your home? When disaster strikes, how safe will you and your loved ones be?
These are the questions that every homeowner needs to ask if they want to get serious about their home security. Whether you're already using some type of alarm system, or just relying on your dog to alert you when someone is wrong, you need to determine if the methods you're using are really working.
Use the questions below as a basic guide to figuring out how protected your home is against the worse-case scenarios.
- Is your home being monitored 24/7 by professional dispatchers? The best home security systems are monitored 24 hours a day for burglary, fire and other dangers. Without 24-hour monitoring, a disastrous event could take place at your home, and nobody would know about until it was too late. But with a monitored alarm, your system will signal for help at the first sign of danger, whether you're at home, asleep or away.
- What would happen if carbon monoxide gas spread throughout your home? Do you have a CO detector in your home? If so, is it monitored? If you answered "no" to either of these questions, then you're putting yourself at risk. Carbon monoxide is deadly. Worst yet, it's completely odorless – you can't smell it; you can't see it. If, for example, your heating system malfunctioned and spread this gas throughout your home, you could be knocked unconscious and you'd never wake up to know what happened. Scary, right? This is why a monitored CO detector is so important for every home.
- Do you know what's happening in your home when you're not there? If someone invaded your home when you were gone, how would you know? When would you find out? What if your kids were home alone when it happened and couldn't call for help? With a Total Connect system from Security Doctors, your alarm system would immediately alert a dispatcher at our monitoring center – plus, you could be notified by email, text message or a direct alert on your smartphone. Not only that, you could see what's happening at your home with real-time streaming video.
- Is your security company up to the task? If you're using another security company, what is their experience? How trained are they? How many other homes do they protect? And how long have they been doing it? These are important questions to ask to determine the expertise of your security company and their ability to protect you when it matters most. At Security Doctors, our own independent monitoring center protects the homes of more than 100,000 families nationwide and has been doing so for more than 30 years.
These are only a few of the many questions you should be asking about your home security. Give us a call at 855-293-5500 to speak to your local Security Doctors Authorized Dealer, who will be happy to answer your questions and evaluate your home's security risks.