According to the 2015 semi-annual uniform crime report published by the FBI, reported robberies increased from 2014 to the first half of 2015. In mid-sized cities like Detroit, that increase was especially notable. With this in mind, protecting your family and your home is increasingly important.
Before selecting the technology you will use to protect your house, it’s important to understand the options available. Many people are confused between the term “wireless products” and “wireless monitoring.” Looking at a home security system, you can customize a number of wireless products that serve to notify you when something takes place. When an event happens, these wireless products trigger an alert or alarm. There are countless examples of wireless products:
- Glassbreak detectors can trigger an alarm when a window is opened or the glass is broken.
- Motion sensors will trigger an alarm or send an alert when motion is detected once your system is armed.
- Security cameras can take still photos or video clips when an event takes place.
Wireless monitoring is the service that allows the control panel (a wireless product) to communicate with the central monitoring station. When any of your wireless products indicate a problem, the wireless monitoring sends a signal using cell phone towers to ensure action takes place following the event. For example, if your are out of town and have your alarm set, you can program your system to send you a video clip when the alarm is triggered. Before the Detroit police department is called, you can review the video clip and communicate with the monitoring company to determine if that’s necessary or if there is a logical explanation for the event.
The best part of using a combination of wireless products and wireless monitoring is that you can build a comprehensive plan to ensure safety in the home and protection for your family. Beyond the traditional scope of preventing robberies, you can protect your home from radon, fire, carbon monoxide and flooding. You can make your home more comfortable by using automation to control temperature and access. You can provide safety for elderly family members with medical alert systems. Most importantly, you can do all of this with the touch of a button. Wireless products and monitoring provide comfort, peace of mind and security. Most importantly, with the right combination of products for your home and family, security can be right at your fingertips.