There was a rash of burglaries a few years ago. They were happening all around us. If you put pins in a map, it was like a circle around our block. That was when we got ADT in St Petersburg. We got a home security system for peace of mind. We wanted a way for when my wife and I were at work and the kids were in school to have the police notified if there was a break in. Then we discovered that a home alarm system can be much more than that.
When we first got our alarm system we got the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors too. This way the fire department and emergency medical services could be called if there was a fire or CO gas leaking. That stuff can incapacitate you quickly. Good thing to have an automated way of calling for help if there should ever be a problem. Then we had our system upgraded this year to include home automation and video surveillance. This makes our home security system even that much more valuable to us as a family.
We can lock and unlock the doors, check and adjust the temperature of the HVAC system, and look at live video feeds from our smartphones, tablets and computers any time any where. The new doorbell we got detects a person on the porch before they even ring the bell. The presence of the cameras has stopped our Amazon packages from being stolen too. We suspected a neighbor one block over.
The kids get home from school sometimes 30 minutes before we do. It is nice to be able to keep an eye on them using the security system. Plus, we now have a family dog that is home during the day when we are not. The alarm system keeps him safe too.