Peace of Mind
Whether you live in rural areas, such as those found near Wildwood and Bushnell in Sumter County or Leesburg and Clermont in Lake County, or in densely populated developments such as The Villages or The Plantation, security should be a primary concern for every homeowner.
In minimally populated rural areas, neighbors may be sparsely located or may be away during work hours in the daytime. In highly populated developments, vans and trucks associated with home maintenance or construction may be regular visitors to a neighborhood… so regular that thieves may easily disguise their vehicles and cruise communities unnoticed.
According to the Florida Uniform Crime Report, there were more than 71,000 burglaries, 41,000 vehicle thefts and 16,000 robberies in Florida last year. The great news about these numbers is the fact that Florida is much safer than many other states… but we have to face the facts, crime can occur anywhere.
That’s why it’s important to protect your property with a home security system.
Systems can be as simple as a set of outdoor cameras or as complex as systems that monitor every window and door in your home. Many systems connect directly to electronic personal assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to help monitor and report crime in real time.
Doorbells, such as the Ring Video Doorbell by Amazon, monitor home entrances, allowing homeowners to see whomever approaches their doors. Then can then speak to the person, take a still photo or save an entire video clip of any interaction taking place. If a break-in or theft occurs, the homeowner can immediately call authorities and give a full description of the criminal, many time expediting their arrest and recovery of any stolen items.
Video doorbells also allow homeowners to see who is at their door on a home computer or smartphone before opening the door. This allows and extra measure of safety, especially late at night.
Camera systems add even greater security. Cameras can be hardwired directly into the home’s electrical system (with battery backup for power outages) or run completely on battery power. They can be motion-activated or run continuously.
Complete home systems can be installed and monitored by companies such as ADT or you can self-install using systems such as SimpliSafe. Whichever way you choose, your home can be protected from burglary or illegal entry for just pennies a day.