Home Security Opens up New Opportunities for Electrical Contractors

ThiefThe latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report that over 550,000 people experienced a burglary at their home or business in the year that ended in June 2016.  This is a sobering snapshot of how very many people have had to cope with this kind of crime that can be very traumatic and also have serious financial consequences.

A Growing Market

Little surprise then that a recent report produced by Research and Markets shows that the worldwide market for security system for the home is likely to grow at a rate of just over 27% from 2017 to 2021 as homeowners and businesses realise the value of an investment in security to protect their homes and business premises.

There has been a rise in the popularity of ‘smart homes’ and there is no doubt that this will encourage consumers to look at investing in interactive security systems offering features like remote locking as well as monitoring by App. There is existing as well as new technology to keep business premises and homes secure so there is a very real growth opportunity for electrical contractors to take advantage of, provided they are savvy on security.

Statistics say that it takes as little as ten minutes for burglars to break in and rob a property. It is important therefore, that systems operate simply allowing the user to set their alarm fast, even if they’re only leaving the property for a short while. Wireless alarm systems now often come with pre-linking for ease of programming.  Some have remote keypads as an extra way to disarm or arm the system. Remote keypads are also used for securing doors, including back door making it is possible to monitor and secure the whole premises or home.

There are other features such as panic buttons and smoke detectors, and even a pet friendly PIR motion detector to allow pet owners to confidently leave pets at home without the possibility of them setting the alarm off.

Timers and Locks

A 2015 study published by the Royal Statistical Society stated that where timer controlled indoor lights, window locks, exterior motion sensor lights and double door locks are used together, a property can be almost fifty times better protected than a home with no proper security in place,

Keyless smart locks can now replace the key lock for doors and do away with the need for keys. Keypad, key tag or key card or an App will be used to operate the smart locks that can also connect to existing smart home alarms, CCTV systems or to a Smart Living Hub with a tamper alarm activated if a wrong code is entered more than three times.

These are just some of innovations in the rapidly evolving area of home security. For an electrical contractor, smart home technology is going to be a possible significant source of income for the future with smart security becoming more and more important for property and homeowners.

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