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    They’re Not Just For Break-Ins Any More

    When most people think about whether or not they should get a security system for the new home they think about break-ins. However many of today’s systems can protect your home from fire, carbon monoxide, and even medical emergencies. In fact, many insurance companies know how valuable having an alarm can be since some offer up to 20% discounts on homeowners insurance for homes with a security system.

    And for good reason. Homes with a security system are three times less likely to be burglarized 1 and nine out of ten convicted burglars agree they’d avoid a home protected by an alarm system.2

    But what if you’re moving to a “safe” neighborhood? Do you really need a security system?

    The fact is, one out of every five homes will have a burglary, fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning over the next six years. 123 Fortunately today’s advanced systems can help protect you from all of these dangers plus provide convenience features to make your life easier. So before you make a decision about a home security system, think about who and what you want to protect. Check out the following options now offered by some of the top security firms in the country:

    24-Hour-Monitoring

    Systems that are monitored by trained professionals not only sound an alarm but also enable the security company to call the police, fire department or ambulance in an emergency – even if you’re not home or can’t get to the phone.

    Theft Protection

    Most basic monitored systems feature door and window sensors, sounders, motion detectors and signs to deter criminals. More advanced systems feature glass break detectors that can help add even more protection.

    Cellular Back-Up

    For extra security, a cellular back up unit can be installed that will keep the system connected to the monitoring center if your phone line is cut or your service is out.

    Smoke and Fire Detection

    Every 24 hours, 20 people die by fire in their homes.6 Monitored detectors can sound an alarm to alert you and your family and send a signal to a monitoring center where a trained professional can call the fire department if you’re away or unable to get to the phone.

    Carbon Monoxide Detection

    Each year 1,800 people die and 10,000 people are hospitalized from exposure to this odorless, colorless gas.4 A monitored senor can detect this dangerous gas, sound an alarm, and send a signal to the monitoring center where a professional can call for help if you are unconscious.

    Temperature Control Monitoring

    Worried about your water pipes freezing? Sensors can alert both you and the monitoring center to low temperatures to help protect your home from damage caused by frozen and bursting pipes.

    Flood Detection

    Rising water in your home will trigger sensors that can alert both you and the monitoring center to broken water pipes or an overflowing washer.

    Medical Emergency Pendant

    This easy-to-use, lightweight device is ideal for seniors living alone who want to feel safe and keep their independence. That’s important for you to know when you consider that one out of every three homes will have a medical emergency this year.7 If something happens, a simple touch of a button alerts the monitoring center where a trained professional can call for help.

    Video Intercom

    Better than a peephole, this one-button door sentry system can let you see and hear who is at your door from anywhere in your home.

    Keychain Remote Control

    Don’t like to punch in passcodes? A wireless remote control small enough to put on your key ring can let you turn your system on or off or even let you turn on the lights in your home with the touch of a single button. Some systems also let you operate your system via touchtone phone from almost anywhere in the world.

    Lighting Control

    Lamp modules can be programmed to turn on your lights when your system detects fire or an intruder, or when activated by the keypad or remote control.

    Paging

    Some systems can be programmed to page you when your kids come home or alert you to an emergency condition in your house.

    Special Access

    Allows service or repair people to enter specific areas of your home while keeping the system armed in the rest of the house.

    References:

    1_ U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Victimization in the U.S., 1999.

    2_ U.S. Fire Administration, 1999

    3_ U.S. Department of Justice, 1999

    4_ North Have Professional Fire Fighters Association, 2000

    5_ National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, 2000

    6_News4NY

    7_ National Center for Health Statistics, 1999

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