In this day and age, protecting your loved ones is a lifelong dedication. According to FBI.gov, there were nearly 8 million property crimes in 2017 alone, as well as almost 1.5 million violent crimes. Needless to say, those numbers are staggering. At Mesa Alarm Systems, a Houston-based alarm company, we install and monitor state-of-the-art security systems to make sure you and your family don’t become a statistic. And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share numerous ways you can protect loved ones while you’re home or away. After all, there’s no greater gift than home security.
Get a Burglar Alarm
As reported by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 60% of burglars avoid homes with alarm systems. That’s incredible considering the number of break-ins that occur each year. On average, it only takes a thief less than 10 minutes to break into a home and retrieve the items they desire, which are more often than not in the bedroom. 30% of intruders enter through an unlocked door or window and the average loss for each break-in is over $2,200! However, perhaps the scariest statistic is that 3 out of 10 burglaries occur when someone is home. Imagine how your loved ones would react and the danger they would be put in. Thankfully, there are advanced burglar alarms and high-tech solutions available to combat these unwanted visitors. Burglar alarms have come a long way in recent years. Not only can you be aware of a triggered alarm through a smartphone app, monitoring services can ensure you and your family are safe while the proper authorities are contacted.
Get a Fire Alarm
It only takes a few seconds for a fire to get out of hand. Before you know it, it can engulf entire hallways and keep loved ones from escaping. Not surprisingly, 3 of every 5 fire-related deaths occur due to missing or non-functioning fire alarms, according to a report made by the National Fire Protection Association. In addition, from 2009-2013, only 53% of home fire alarms were triggered in reported fires. If a fire flickers to life while you’re loved ones sleep, what’s stopping it from putting their lives in danger if you don’t have proper fire alarms? Fire systems have also come a long way due to advancements in technology. Today premium alarm system companies such as Mesa Alarm Systems are capable of integrating your fire alarms with your other security systems, so you’ll be notified via smartphone when your alarm is triggered, no matter your whereabouts.
Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector
According to CDC.gov, over 2, 244 deaths were related to carbon monoxide poisoning from 2010 to 2015. Many of which occurred during winter months—36%, in fact. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is detrimental to your health. Carbon monoxide is made up of fuels like oil, gas, wood, and coal that can’t be processed or burned in full. Several household appliances use these fuels and can leak if they were improperly installed, too old, or poorly maintained. Carbon monoxide can cause the body to have several symptoms: headaches, confusion, dizziness, stomach pains, nausea, and shortness of breath can all be warning signs that a leak is in the house. However, the best way to be aware of leaks in your home is by installing a carbon monoxide detector. Also, we recommend having your appliances regularly maintained by a trained professional.
Get a Monitoring Service
Another great way to protect the ones you love is with a 24/7 monitoring service. If you aren’t aware, monitoring services have become an invaluable method to keep families and properties safe in recent years. Imagine having an on-call professional monitoring your home during every minute of the day. Whether you’re asleep or away, they would make sure the proper officials are contacted when it matters most. It’s not just for burglars either. If you have an integrated security system installed in your home, a triggered fire alarm can notify a trained professional who will call you to confirm your safety and contact the local fire department, if needed. No matter how busy life gets, have confidence that nearby security professionals are there to ensure the safety of your family and property.
Get a Dog
Lovable pups can do more than offer heartfelt companionship—they can keep burglars away. In agreement with 12 former burglars, thegardian.com revealed that among other security measures, barking dogs were a key deterrent for many of them. In fact, dogs were their second most common deterrent behind home security cameras. Dogs are naturally faithful and protective of their masters and are capable of rousing the house when an intruder tries breaking in. It’s no wonder our precious pups are considered man’s best friend. If you’re looking to protect your family, aside from installing state-of-the-art alarm and camera systems, consider taking in a loyal dog to watch over your loved ones and offer unparalleled companionship.
Whether you’re home or away, you can have peace of mind that our team of professionals will alert you and the proper officials if an intruder triggers an alarm. Our 24/7 monitoring services are there to protect loved ones, not just during Valentine’s Day, but all throughout the year. Give your family the gift of protection this Valentine’s Day by contacting Mesa Alarm Systems today. Houston owned and operated, we’ve been helping keep Houston strong and secure since 1990. It’s time to get serious about security; it’s time to call Mesa.