Nearly 25 percent of Americans reported being afraid of or very afraid of crime ranging from break-ins (27.6 percent) and property theft (25.5 percent) to becoming a victim of violent crime (19.4 percent), according to the annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears released in October of 2016. The percentage of Americans reporting being afraid of or very afraid of these types of crimes has increased from 2015.

This is not surprising given the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for 2016, which shows a significant increase in violent crime across the nation, and an increase in property crimes in cities with populations of one million or more.

While a home security system cannot fully alleviate America’s fear of crime, advancements in smart home security technologies provide consumers with more options to proactively manage the security of their home by helping to detect and deter criminal activity before it happens.

Smart home security systems are increasingly among the best solutions available to deter such activity as they continuously capture and analyze everyday activity in and around the home and automatically send alerts to a user’s smartphone when there is unusual activity.

For example, a child generally arrives home from school around 3:00 p.m., does his homework, eats dinner, then plays basketball by the garage until 8 or 9 o’clock. If a sensor detects activity out of the norm, it will automatically send an alert to your smart phone.

The unexpected activity could be a curious raccoon – or something much more sinister. However, through integrated video and audio technologies – homeowners and monitoring services can see and hear what is taking place in real time so the appropriate authorities can be alerted.

Additionally, smart home security technology enables users to remotely control indoor and outdoor lights, lock and unlock doors, control thermostats and arm and disarm their security system from a smartphone, tablet or web-enabled device – ensuring optimized home security settings to deter criminal activity.

There is a wide variety of smart security systems on the market – and many are integrated with Amazon’s Alexa and other voice control systems, making it even easier to manage one’s home security. 

Those interested in installing a smart home security system or upgrading their existing home security system, should always ask if a company is a member of the Electronic Security Association and if its employees are trained by the Electronic Security Association's (ESA) National Training School (NTS).

ESA member companies whose security professionals are certified through NTS have completed extensive training in electronic security and are expected to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct

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