According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, the burglary rate has gone up. In fact, 22.7% of burglaries in 2008 were committed against property. To avoid becoming one of next year’s statistics, you’ve investigated home security systems and settled on a Brinks security system (which some people misspell as Brinx security system.)
You’ve already made an appointment with a Brinks security consultant to discuss how best to customize a Brinks security system for your home, budget, and lifestyle. But you want to want to have some ideas ahead of time that you can throw out about what to include in the system. Here are three optional features to consider.
Smoke and Heat Detector
You might already have a smoke or heat detector in your home. But it’s probably a battery-operated, stand-alone system that just sets off an alarm when it detects an unusually high level of smoke or heat. But is your stand-alone detector effective? After all, 80% of the people who die in fires die from fires in their homes. Many of them are either asleep when the fire breaks out or become overcome by smoke before they can escape. And someone who’s hearing impaired might not even hear the alarm.
The optional smoke and heat detector that you can include in your Brinks security system is different. It’s not a stand-alone system. Instead, it’s an integral part of your system and is linked to the monitoring center. When the detector goes off, it not only sounds an alarm in your home but sends an alarm to the monitoring center. A highly trained monitor alerts your local fire station, then calls you to verify the alarm.
Whether you’re at home, at work, or on vacation, you can have peace of mind knowing that the smoke and heat detector in your Brinks security system is protecting your home against fire 24/7.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. You can’t smell it, but you can be overcome by fumes and die from carbon monoxide poisoning. The fumes come from faulty gas, oil, or wood-burning appliances. Most of the time those appliances work fine. But sometimes they don’t. As a result, hundreds of people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year. If you have any appliances in your home that can produce carbon monoxide, you should include a carbon monoxide detector to your Brinks security system.
When it detects a dangerously high level of carbon monoxide, the carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm in your home. It also sends an alarm to the monitoring center. When the monitor receives the alarm, he or she calls your home to verify the alarm. By including a carbon monoxide detector in your Brinks security system (or Brinx security system), you can rest easy knowing that your family is protected from the silent killer both the day and night.
Smart Key Wireless Home Security Remote
A Smart Key Wireless Home Security Remote is a smart option to include in your Brinks security system. After all, you’ve experienced it countless times. You’re late for work or in a hurry to go somewhere and are backing out of the driveway when you suddenly remember that you forgot to do something important before you left.
Like turn on the alarm system.
If that happens to you — and you’ve included the remote in your Brinks security system — all you have to do is press a button on the remote to activate the alarm system. The remote has a range of 75 feet. It’s not a life-saving feature, but it sure is convenient.