Can security systems reduce my insurance costs?

With the cost of living rapidly rising, it’s no surprise that individuals and businesses are looking for ways to reduce their outgoings.

One key thing that we all need is insurance, be that for our property, cars, travel, pets and so on. Therefore, cutting back on insurance is one of the harder things to do, especially when you consider the likely incurred costs should something go wrong.

Did you know that security systems could reduce the cost of your insurance?

If you have a working burglar alarm in place, then some providers may offer you a reduced premium. You can also ask them to consider other security measures you have in place, though this is less common, and you shouldn’t expect your insurance to change drastically. Your premium is also dependent on things like where you live and what sort of building you live in.

In some postcodes, insurers will only cover you if you have at least got a working burglar alarm. If you want a higher level of cover – for example if you own lots of gadgets or jewellery – then your provider will definitely want to see that you’ve thought about how well protected your home is.

Not all security measures will lower your insurance though. Insurance companies want to see that you have thought about security and how to protect your home – but there are loads of different types of security systems to choose from.

There are lots of security measures you can consider to protect your home, and they are all different. Your basic burglar alarm will react when tripped, usually with a very loud noise. But you can also get a monitored system, this is a system which is automatically connected to call centres, which will let the police know if there’s something suspicious going on.

Security cameras are a very good idea as no burglar wants to be recognised. They also may help track down your possessions if you are unfortunately burgled. There also probably not as expensive as you may think. The newer cameras are cheap and easy to install, which means you can protect your home and save money. As with everything nowadays, home security systems have been updated and are now far easier to use than you may be imagining. The very newest systems can be controlled through your phone, though obviously these are a bit more expensive than standard ones.

You may be envisioning big ugly security cameras perched on the side of your house, but don’t worry. The newer cameras are far smaller and discreet than you fear.

You can even get sensor control hubs for your home. These can control the lights, and let you know if there’s unusual activity when you’re out.

What are the likely costs of a security system?

As with most things it depends on your needs. For a very small amount of money you can get systems which include an alarm and wireless motion sensors. You can even protect your sheds and outbuildings with very cheap wireless alarms, making it easier than ever to protect your home.

You can buy security systems which will record and monitor everything for you, and while these will often more expensive that a simple system, you will get that extra degree of peace of mind that could be worth it.

So are home security systems worth it?

This very much depends on your own personal preferences. If you have possessions that are worth a significant amount of money than it’s worth investing in a security system. But even if you think you don’t have anything of significant value in your home, it’s worth sitting down and going through what you own.

The average contents of a three-bedroom house are worth £55,000, and once you start to go through all the phones, tablets and jewellery in your house you’ll see how much it adds up.

Knight and Day Security Limited can provide your home or business with security systems that will securely protect your assets. Get in touch today on 0800 009 6977 for a free quotation.

Source: Money Expert