We all know the sayings about home.
“Home is where the heart is.”
“There’s no place like home.”
“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.”
Home is more than just the house we live in. It’s where we grow up. It’s where we learn to be good people or become great parents. Every experience and memory in your home is priceless along with the people that live in it with you. If you can’t be there with those loved ones or if you’re all gone living life together on vacation, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to check in every now and then? Having that much peace of mind is priceless, but that’s just one of the many benefits of having the ability to check your home security video monitoring from a smart phone.
Worth the Investment
Another saying is that you have to spend money to save money, and this is actually true in more ways than one when it comes to investing in a home security system that includes app-based video monitoring.
The first of which is the money you’ll save every month on your homeowner’s insurance. When you consider the fact that homes across the US are burglarized approximately every 15 seconds and that homes without a security system are three times more likely to be targeted, it makes sense that insurance companies are more likely to offer incentives to homeowners who take steps to prevent that from happening to them. Their house doesn’t get burglarized and the insurance company doesn’t have to pay out thousands of dollars to cover their stolen and damaged property. It’s a win/win!
Another way you’re going to save money is an extension of the above-mentioned reason. Some insurance companies won’t cover certain damages or losses depending on a situation and having video evidence could be all you need to dispute a denial of your claim. It would be a major chunk out of your savings if you had to replace anything stolen or repair any damages out of your own pocket.
Not only can having home security video monitoring prevent insurance claim denials, but it can also deter potential intruders from even breaching your property. Keep the decals given to you by your security company visible and put some (but not all) of your security cameras in noticeable locations and they’ll be less inclined to try their luck breaking into your place.
Monitoring Elderly Loved Ones
Most people are resistant to the idea of moving out of their own home and into assisted living or even in with loved ones when they get older. If there’s any chance of extending our independence as far into our golden years as possible, I’m sure we’d all jump at the opportunity.
Using your home security video monitoring services to check in on your elderly loved ones from anywhere at any time of day gives them an added level of protection without sacrificing their independence. Should you see anything amiss on your random check-in from your smartphone, you would be able to make the necessary calls for them if they were unable to do so for themselves. If your system has two-way talk, you could check in to remind them of medications or just to say hi. Even though they’re adamant about retaining their independence, it’s still nice to know they’re never alone.
If your loved one is unable to take care of themselves and requires 24/7 care, wouldn’t you want to make sure the care they do receive is top notch? We all hear horror stories about unqualified caregivers causing harm to those they’re supposed to be looking after. Don’t let that be something you worry about when you’re unable to be home with them all the time. No matter where you are, you can quickly pull up the app and check the real time video feed at anytime during the day. There’s that peace of mind we keep talking about, and this time it could be the difference between keeping your loved one at home with you or being required to put them in a round-the-clock care home.
Home Security Camera Placement
Here’s another relevant quote: “Location, location, location!” What good is a home video monitoring system going to do if you don’t have coverage of the most important areas? Home security camera placement will certainly vary, depending on each homeowner’s situation. You’ll have to ask yourself what you want to be able to see at a moment’s notice. If you have a bedbound loved one, that answer should be pretty easy. One camera set up high with a wide lens so you have a view of the entire room would be sufficient.
But you can’t forget about the rest of the house. You don’t need cameras in bedrooms or bathrooms, but definitely in common areas like the kitchen and living room. Be sure to keep any ground floor windows in view of cameras as those tend to be preferred break-in points for intruders. If the cameras you have placed in the living areas don’t cover the main stairs or hallway, it’s a good idea to place one there as well.
It’s not a bad idea to have a couple views outside too, especially if you have a lot of expensive lawn equipment or tools you don’t want stolen. Set up a camera at the end of your driveway so you can see who’s coming before they even get to your house and then cameras at both the front and back door as well. And whether your garage is attached to your home or not, having video access in there along with your expensive cars and anything else you may have stored will add an extra layer of protection along with that peace of mind we keep bringing up.
The hardest part of leaving home is knowing that you’re leaving the security and comfort of everything you know behind, even if just for the day. Whether you’re heading off on your next adventure or backing out of the driveway to take the kids to school before work, it can be difficult if you know you’re leaving behind a bedbound loved one or if there’s been a string of break-ins in the area recently. This is when the peace of mind of having instant access to a real time video feed of your home security system would be invaluable. That level of protection is hard to beat and is absolutely worth the time and effort it would take to make it happen.
The good news is that you don’t have to put the effort in when you have a qualified company like Grand Slam to do it for you. Let our years of experience and care provide you with a top-notch home security system with an easy-to-use app-based video monitoring that is sure to give you and your whole family the peace of mind you need no matter where you are.