Busting Home Security Myths

In the technological information age that we’re in it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction; the internet is a great resource, but since it essentially levels the playing field for who can provide data, it makes it that much harder to verify sources.

When it comes to home security it’s important to know the difference between data that is real and that which is myth. Here are some common myths that have been busted:

‘MYTH: A home security system is extremely unreliable. Phone cables can be cut, electricity can go out, and then there’s no way to monitor activity around my home.

Not anymore — older security systems could be unreliable as a result of someone easily cutting a telephone line or disconnecting a main power supply. Now, however, the majority of current security and surveillance systems have “multiple layers” of security, not just one. For example, most systems now have infrared and motion detectors that can pick I up body heat and very importantly, motion/movement, without resulting in a fake alarm call. Windows and doors have “trigger sensors” installed that transmit signals to a control panel via radio waves, completely eliminating the disarming of an alarm or security system by simply cutting a wire.

MYTH: Having a home security system doesn’t make any difference to home insurance rates.

Actually, most home insurance companies offer anywhere from a 2% to 15% discount on home insurance if they provide the insurance company with a certificate provided by a security alarm company.

MYTH: Home security systems are only good as home theft prevention, nothing more.

Even if that were true, what’s wrong with not allowing or having a thief being able to take their time searching through someone’s home looking for valuables or even worse, family members?’

It’s important to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction. At Henderson Security your Ottawa home security expert, we provide the best products, services and education on how to maintain an optimal level of safety.