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10 Reasons Why You Need a Home Monitoring & Security System

Published: September 2, 2020

SmartCam, Smart Leak Sensor Kit, Smart Motion Kit, Garage Door Sensor, Hedge App, Ready Home Assist, Home Security, Home Monitoring

You've been thinking about installing a home monitoring and security system, but you find yourself wondering if it's the right decision. Do you really need one --- are they worth the investment?

Below, we'll walk you through ten ways that a home monitoring and security system can benefit you and your family, helping you protect your home and everything in it. And while not all security systems were built with the following capabilities in mind, we made sure that Hedge was.

1: You'll be able to keep an eye on your home --- even when you're not there.

A home security system helps you monitor your home no matter where you are, and with Hedge, accessing your home's indoor security camera is as easy as opening an app.

With just a few taps of the Hedge App, you can access your SmartCam's live feed, as well as view previous recordings taken when the SmartCam detected noise or movement.

Your Hedge App is also your connection to your other Hedge smart home devices; using the app, you can review notifications coming in from the other devices alerting you to unusual, potentially problematic activity within your home.

2: You'll discourage home break-ins, protecting your family and belongings from intruders.

Sometimes, all it takes is a security sign or window cling (as is the case with Hedge) indicating that your home is being monitored to deter criminals from breaking in.

And if that doesn't deter intruders, some security cameras --- like Hedge's SmartCam --- begin recording when they detect noise or movement within your home. These recordings can be turned over to the authorities to help them identify and catch the intruders later on.

Another way Hedge users can stop intruders in their tracks is to use the SmartCam's two-way audio to scare them off before any real damage is done.

3: You'll receive an alert in the event of certain home issues.

Most home monitoring and security systems alert you to potential issues inside your home; such is the case with Hedge, which will alert you to the below:

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors sounding in range of Hedge's SmartCam
  • Water detection under sinks, toilets, hot water heaters, or wherever else you've placed your Hedge Leak Sensors
  • Motion around your doors and windows when your home is armed
  • Your garage door opening or closing when your home is armed

4: You'll be able to share the responsibility of keeping your home safe and sound with other family members.

With certain home security systems --- like Hedge --- you can add additional users to the account, who will be able to do things like view alerts and access SmartCam's live stream and video recordings. By adding users, you're able to distribute responsibility; the weight of protecting your home --- and everything in it --- can be shared with your spouse or partner.

Some home security systems also feature an "escalation" process. With Hedge, certain high-priority push notifications (like your smoke alarm sounding) will trigger the escalation process; if you don't dismiss the notification, a series of texts and calls will be made to other users on your account, followed by your emergency contact. (Don't worry, your emergency contact doesn't have access to your video feed, activity, or personal information within the Hedge App. For more on emergency contacts, click here.)

5: You'll be able to more closely monitor your kids' (or pets') activity to ensure their safety. 

While you might prefer that your kids or pets never be home alone, for many parents (and pet parents), this isn't a reality.

With Hedge's SmartCam, you can access your camera's live stream at any time to make sure your kids are home from school (and are diligently working on their homework), or that your pet hasn't gotten into any trouble while you're out.

Other Hedge smart home devices --- like the Contact Sensor or Garage Door Sensor --- can notify you when your doors are opened, signaling your kids have arrived home safe and sound.

Smart home technology also provides an opportunity to care for elderly parents, monitoring their home for potential security threats and keeping an eye on their activity in an unobtrusive way.

6: You'll be able to better protect your possessions from water damage. 

Furniture, clothes, valuables, sentimental items... our homes are filled with things that mean a lot to us and our families. You'd be upset --- devastated --- if your possessions were damaged or ruined entirely.

One common culprit of damaged possessions? The seemingly innocuous water flowing through your pipes. Water damage in homes is, unfortunately, quite commonplace. Just check out these staggering facts found here, a couple of which we've included below:

  • 14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day.
  • 98% of basements in the U.S. are subjected to some type of water damage during their lifespans.

Fortunately, some home monitoring and security systems --- Hedge included --- feature devices that help prevent water damage. Our Smart Leak Sensor Kit, for example, includes three Leak Sensors that sit below sinks, toilets, and hot water heaters and send you an push notification if water accumulation is detected --- or if significant fluctuations in humidity or temperature are detected, which could indicate water accumulation.

7: You'll be the first to know if your smoke or carbon monoxide detector goes off when you're not home.

When your smoke or carbon monoxide detector goes off, every second counts. Many home security systems alert you to the threat of fire and carbon monoxide, and Hedge is no different.

Our versatile SmartCam listens for smoke and carbon monoxide sirens; if it's in range and hears the sirens go off, it will send you a push notification so that you can take immediate action to protect your home and everything in it. This feature is critical when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm goes off and your pet is the only one home.

8: In some cases, like with Hedge, you'll have access to special non-emergency features. 

Some home security systems can do more than help you monitor your home and alert you to issues. Take Hedge's Ready Home Assist, for example: a feature on the Hedge App that quickly connects you with a pre-screened, pre-approved network of home service and repair professionals.

You can use Ready Home Assist in an emergency, no doubt. But you can also use it in a non-emergency --- for example to schedule routine home maintenance or a home improvement project.

American Family Insurance policyholders in Arizona and Washington can also take advantage of Hedge's home maintenance services (more on that here).

9: You might save on your homeowners insurance.

Homeowners insurance is a type of property insurance that typically covers damage to your home and possessions caused by things like fire, storms, and theft.

In some cases, homeowners that install a home security system are eligible to receive a discount on their homeowners insurance. Such is the case with Hedge; American Family Insurance policyholders who use Hedge are eligible for savings on their homeowners insurance by proactively protecting their home and everything in it.

10: You'll have peace of mind.

You can't put a price on the peace of mind that comes with taking proactive steps to protect your family, your home, and your possessions.

So... we didn't put a price on it. Hedge is offered as a benefit of insurance to American Family policyholders. We waive the fee for Hedge's Base Package because Hedge helps American Family to prevent and mitigate major claims --- all while helping you protect what matters most. If you have questions about Hedge, don't hesitate to contact our Support team with questions. Or --- if you're an American Family Insurance policyholder ready to get Hedge, get in touch with your agent for your policyholders-only promo code to waive the fee for Hedge's Base Package.

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