Home Security Systems in Las Vegas

Home Security Systems in Las Vegas
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Home security systems provide peace of mind by helping protect your loved ones and property. An unfortunate fact of living in beautiful Las Vegas and Summerlin, including communities such as Summit, The Ridges, and Ascaya, is that property crime has been increasing in recent years, bucking the national trend.

When asked whether a home security system actually helps prevent crime, many security installers cite research by Rutgers University in 2009. That study reflected that over a five-year period, burglary rates in Newark, New Jersey, decreased substantially as the number of burglar alarm installations grew.

At AMP Systems, we consider the findings of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) more on point. After surveying over 400 convicted burglars, UNCC researchers found that 83% of the burglars said they try to determine whether an alarm is present before attempting a burglary, and 60% will actually seek another target if they find a security system on site.

That’s right – a single-family home with a security system is over 60 percent LESS likely to be burgled than a similar home without an alarm.

It’s no wonder that insurance companies offer big discounts to those who install a home security system or home automation system which has a security component – as much as 15-20% on annual homeowners premiums, according to the Electronic Security Association.

What Are the Top 5 Benefits of a Home Security System?

The five reasons commonly cited by Las Vegas and Summerlin area homeowners as to why they want a home security system are for peace of mind, for protection, as a burglary deterrent, to lower their home insurance premiums, and for the energy savings and convenience. Let’s take these one at a time.

Peace of Mind

Installing a home security system provides peace of mind from knowing that when you are traveling or just inside sleeping, your home is protected. And with today’s wireless security systems, you can check on your home from anywhere via the internet.

Protection

Obviously, the reason you install a home security system is to protect your home and loved ones from home intrusion, burglary, fire, burst pipes and similar incidents. In addition to the system itself, which you can monitor when you are home, you will want to add professional monitoring to be on watch when you are away or unaware of a problem due to illness or sleep.

Burglary Deterrent

As noted in the UNCC study, burglars are deterred by visible signs of a home alarm system, such as outdoor surveillance cameras, yard signs, and window stickers.

Lower Insurance Premiums

In addition to getting a discount for having a home security system in place, don’t forget that actually suffering a burglary incident will likely increase your insurance premiums. On average, one burglary claim can raise your premium by about 20%. A second claim can raise it another 17%.

Energy Savings and Convenience

Many home security systems are part of a more comprehensive home automation system. Even when not, however, the security system likely has some automation capabilities that provide energy savings as well as convenience.

Most Important Features in a Home Security System

Ground zero of a home security system is its hub, or base station. This is often a wall-mounted touch screen, but may be a device with an integrated keypad that’s kept on a countertop. The hub is the central communication point for all of the sensors included in your security system. A quality system such as Crestron, Control4, or Vivint will have such features as:

  • Battery backup to keep the system operating if power goes out
  • A cell radio that you can use to communicate with the monitoring center in the case of a power or wi-fi outage
  • Built-in communication protocols (such as Bluetooth) to allow an easier expansion into a more comprehensive home automation system

In addition to the hub, good basic systems will include motion or contact sensors and a siren. Additional hardware that many homeowners choose in order to “beef up” their system include surveillance cameras, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms, water leak sensors, and more.

One of the most useful features of wireless home security systems is that you can access them from the palm of your hand. All the home alarm systems offered by AMP Systems have a smartphone app that makes managing your home security as easy and convenient as possible.

Summary

When it comes to choosing a company to equip and install a home security system in the Las Vegas or Summerlin areas and in communities such as Summit, The Ridges, and Ascaya, homeowners count on AMP Systems for our meticulous approach to quality and superior customer service.

Contact us today to discuss your home security needs.

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