What are the statistics?
Every 18 seconds a home is burglarized in the U.S. with an average value of $2,251 in property loss. In 2017, forced entry accounted for 57.5% of all burglaries. And the front door is the most common point of entry.
A fire department responds to a fire, in the U.S., every 24 seconds. Home structures account for 72% of all structure fires. And the leading cause of those fires is electrical failures or malfunctions.
These days, home monitoring systems are about more than just preventing burglaries. They’re about protecting your home and property from theft, fire and even water damage.
What kind of system is best for you?
Many systems don't even require the typical touchpads, key fobs or monthly monitoring fees. There are many easier, cheaper and more versatile alternatives you can access in a smart home using something that's probably already in your pocket — your smartphone.
In some cases, monitoring homes remotely can be a minimal, do-it-yourself effort by using products that provide a single device you can control from your phone. But for a more comprehensive service — some including 24-hour monitoring by security professionals — the latest generation of smart home systems goes far beyond smoke detection and intrusion alerts. Many include options for real-time video monitoring, motion-activated recording and even night vision. Systems also can monitor air quality, temperature and humidity.
Remotely-controlled ovens, water heaters and washing machines are here, too, although still in early stages, and many more items are in development.
What smart home activity can be monitored or controlled remotely?
Devices that monitor fire activity
Devices that monitor water activity
- Moisture detection — This could include anything from a leaking washing machine or dishwasher, to burst water lines, to overflowing sump pumps.
- Automated water valve shutoff, stopping water at the source when a potential leak is detected
- Temperature sensors (to help avoid frozen pipes)
Devices that monitor crime activity
- Broken glass alert
- Door or window opened alert
- Motion detection
- Locking of doors
- Motion-activated camera
- Turning on lights
Devices that help with care monitoring
- Control home temperature for sick and elderly household members
- Video monitoring
- Activity monitoring
- Medical alert options
- Carbon monoxide detectors
Devices that provide convenience
- Connected electrical outlets
- Appliance shutoff
A home alert protection discount may be available to State Farm® customers who install fire, smoke or burglar alarms. Please see your agent today for more information.