ESA Helps Consumers Get Smart About Home Security

Yes - You Can Deter a Burglar!

IRVING, Texas, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wondering how to use new smart home security technologies to outsmart a would-be burglar? The Electronic Security Association (ESA) has some advice.


"If you interview a single convicted burglar - he or she may tell you there is nothing you can do to deter them," says Angela White, president of ESA. "This is simply not true. In fact, new smart home security technologies have the potential to undermine criminal behavior and tip the scale in favor of consumers."

For example, 65 percent of home burglaries happen between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. while most consumers are not at home, according to FBI statistics. The most common hours for a burglary are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The electronic security industry is using such data to develop and customize smart home security systems that can detect potential criminal activity while consumers are away from home. These systems continuously capture and analyze everyday activity in and around the home - and automatically send alerts to a user's smartphone or professional monitoring center when there is unusual activity or a sensor is triggered.

Through integrated video and audio technologies, homeowners and trained professionals at monitoring centers have the ability to see and hear what is taking place in real time so the appropriate authorities are alerted immediately. This gives a burglar much less time to seek out valuables and escape detection.

Additionally, smart home security technology enables users to remotely control their security systems. If a homeowner forgets to arm their security system before they leave home for work, the day or a longer vacation - they can do so remotely via their smart phone.

Another way the electronic security industry is helping consumers thwart home burglary attempts is through door and window sensors, as well as keyless electronic locks.

Most burglars report entering a home through open or unlocked doors and windows - or by forcing windows or doors open. The sensors can alert a homeowner if a window or door is left open, so they can close them before leaving. These systems also alert homeowners via their smart phone and professional monitoring centers if a window or door is breached while they are away.

Keyless, electronic locks that communicate using Z-Wave and other technologies can also be incorporated into a home security system. Certain electronic locks can be accessed remotely, so a homeowner can lock their door through their smart phone if they forget to do so before departing.

"As new security technologies are entering the market daily, ESA is committed to helping consumers navigate the world of smart home security," says White.

ESA has developed Alarm.org to serve as an online security resource for consumers and businesses. The site includes information about choosing, installing and operating an electronic security system, as well as security facts, news and tips.

ABOUT ESA

With more than 2,300 member companies representing more than 500,000 industry professionals, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) represents the best of what the security industry has to offer. It is the largest professional trade association in the United States with the purpose of representing, promoting and enhancing the growth and professional development of the electronic life safety, security and integrated systems industry. For more information about ESA and its members, visit ESAweb.org.

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