Home Surveillance Systems

What is a Home Surveillance System?

A home surveillance system is a set of automated electronic devices that help to protect you, your family and your property from threats. A sophisticated home surveillance system will keep you from becoming a victim in your own home. Contact HS Tech Group to find out more about installing a home surveillance system on your property today.

What are the Benefits of a Home Surveillance System?

A quality home surveillance system by HS Tech Group offers myriad benefits to the homeowner. Once you have your system installed, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.

Deter Criminal Activity

Home surveillance systems deter criminal activity on your property by letting criminals know ahead of time that their actions are being monitored. Surveillance equipment like cameras can act as visible warning signs to criminals that they are being watched and videotaped. Criminals know that video can also be legally admissible to prove activity and charge them with a crime. As such, the mere presence of a home surveillance system can help prevent a crime being committed on your property.

Enhance Personal Safety

Affluent families often feel vulnerable against the threat of illegal action against them. Living under the safeguard of a quality home surveillance system by HS Tech Group enhances the feeling of personal safety for you and your loved ones. Your family will feel better knowing that your home is being carefully monitored and protected 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s no better way to protect the ones you love than with an automated home surveillance system from HS Tech Group.

Legal Protection

One of the little-known benefits of a home surveillance system is the legal protection it can afford your family. This is especially evident in the case of a liability suit against you or a member of your family. For instance, many affluent homeowners have workers in and around their property while the homeowner is away. This may include landscapers, painters, roofers, cleaning crews, etc. If one of these workers is injured, they may claim negligence on your part. Without the homeowner being present, how is it possible to ascertain for certain that the injury actually did occur on your property, and how can you prove that you were not in fact negligent? The answer is with a home surveillance system. Since home surveillance equipment can be installed indoors and out, worker movements can be recorded and used if necessary to defend homeowners against fraudulent liability claims.

Indoor Protection as Well as Outdoor

Home surveillance systems also include indoor protection as well as outdoor. Your system can include monitoring equipment to keep an eye on homecare workers, babysitters, cleaners, and children who are home alone. Also, if there is danger in your home like a sprung water pipe, electrical fire or some other disaster, your indoor home surveillance system will be invaluable in enabling you to act quickly.

You have had that nagging feeling for a long time now that you need to ramp up your home security efforts. So, what is stopping you? A sign? How about seven?

7 Signs You Should Invest In a Home Surveillance System

1. Home security can be a crime deterrent.

Most people don’t think about home security until a rash of crimes in their neighborhood force them to begin examining whether they will be targeted next. This reactionary approach is effective only if you have not yet been the victim of a break-in or theft. Instead, put yourself in the criminal’s shoes. Since most thieves are opportunistic, they would rather avoid homes with obvious security systems and instead opt for an easy lock to pick or window to break.

2. You travel often.

Despite your efforts to make it look like someone is home if you often travel your home is at risk for a break-in. What’s worse, is that the crime would likely stay undiscovered until the perpetrators have long since fled the scene. Those that travel for work or pleasure can take solace in their home’s safety with a security system, especially one that is designed to alert the authorities should there be a breach.

When you invest in a home surveillance system, one of the first things you should do is contact your local police to let them know of your system. When you do this, they will be apprised of your commitment to home and neighborhood safety. Should you ever have the need to call the police for support in the event of suspicious activity, your local police will know immediately that the threat is real even though you are away from the home, since you have home surveillance equipment installed. This enhanced relationship with the local police is just an extra safety measure that an investment in a home surveillance system brings.

3. You live in a poorly lit area.

If your street is not fully lit, you may want to invest in motion sensor lighting

Again, since criminals tend to be opportunistic, a lack of lighting in your neighborhood automatically makes it a target for would-be thieves. Even though it is possible to petition the city for more street lights or install bright motion detector lights to shine on your property, a lack of lighting throughout the neighborhood gives intruders lots places to hide.

Automated motion sensor lighting from HS Tech Group not only helps to light up your property. It can also help with lighting up the areas on the sides, front, and back of your property. This is an essential aid in areas with low or no street lighting because it can help to prevent accidents on and near your property. This is particularly helpful in regions where it gets dark early in the evening, or dawn doesn’t arrive until the kids have to leave for school. Motion sensor lighting can ensure that people can see where they’re walking, preventing slips on black ice, or missteps on debris. Kids will be easily visible as they wait outside for the school bus to arrive. These are just some of the many reasons why motion sensor lighting is an integral part of a comprehensive home surveillance system.

4. Your area is known for its criminal activity.

There are great neighborhoods amidst communities where criminal activity is common. In these situations, home security systems can help neighbors -become more aware of those who would cause harm to life, limb or property. If an alarm sounds, neighbors are immediately alerted and can, in turn, speak to authorities where they may otherwise be unaware of a crime.

In the case of a neighborhood where crime is rampant, an automated home surveillance system that includes motion sensor lighting can actually reverse the trend, which ultimately can lead to higher home values for everyone on the street.

5. Your homeowner’s insurance premiums are high.

One of the largest discounts homeowners don’t take advantage of are those associated with a home security system. Since these systems greatly reduce the risk of intrusion and property damage, insurers are willing to pass any savings along to the consumer. Some even offer a discount as high as much as 20 percent on your premiums.

Be prepared to present proof of purchase for your insurance company as well as detailed information about the areas of your home that you’ve protected with a home surveillance system. It’s also worth speaking to your home insurance representative first, since installing specific additional equipment may help to lower insurance rates even further.

6. You have valuables you would like to protect.

Whether it is your grandmother’s jewelry or high-end art, it is possible to insure costly items for their value but they are irreplaceable should they be lost or stolen. A home security system can protect new electronics, proprietary or personal information or other valuable tangibles.

Video of the crime can also help with an insurance claim, should you find yourself in that position. This valuable piece of evidence can also be used by the officials to help identify any stolen items.

7. You have children you would like to protect.

As strange as it may seem to consider your children’s safety when talking about home security, it is possible that an intruder can try to gain access to your home while your children are there alone. Intelligent systems that are connected to Wi-Fi and a smartphone app can allow you to see when your children enter or exit, who is there with them and whether someone is trying to gain access without your permission. These systems can even alert authorities in an emergency.

For older children who can understand the concept of home surveillance, it’s worth it to let them know of the system and to instruct them how to contact authorities, turn alarms on and off, and how to operate the system if an emergency does occur while they are unsupervised.

Conclusion: In this day and age, a home surveillance system is a necessity, not a luxury. There’s no better way to protect your possessions and your property from criminal activity. There are a multitude of systems available, and you can pick and choose components to suit your individual needs.

For more information about the home security system that is right for you, call HS Tech Group for a free consultation.