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Why are Americans Purchasing – But Not Using – Home Alarm Systems?

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By: Editor
February 3, 2014
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Why are Americans Purchasing – But Not Using – Home Alarm Systems?

According to the most recent figures provided by research firm MarketsandMarkets, Americans invested approximately $20.64 billion on home security systems in 2011. Yet, we’ve read multiple stories about homes that were burglarized with an unarmed home alarm system set up. We don’t get it. What’s the point of owning a home security system if you’re not going to arm it daily?

Owning a home alarm system is the first step to protecting your home. The next step is arming it. Although January is almost over, this should be the year you choose to take the most out of your investment and get in the habit of arming your system daily.

Gone are the days of the beeping control panels and having to stand perfectly still as the system arms. Home security systems are easier to use than ever, and there’s no excuse!

One-Button Arming and Disarming

If you’re getting back in the habit of using your system and are crunched for time in the morning, the Keychain Remote is the easiest way to arm and disarm.

This device, which is pre-programmed to work with your system and your system only, allows you to simply hit one button to arm and another to disarm. It’s just like a car keychain remote.

Use it just as you arrive home for a quick disarm. It’s also great for the times you’re in a rush! Rush out the door and just click the button and be on your way.

Security System Control from the Palm of Your Hand

If you’re tech-friendly and attached to your smartphone (guilty!), the mobile app is another easy option for arming your security system.

Download the free app on your smartphone or tablet and you’ll never have to manually arm/disarm your system again. With the mobile app, it’s simple as opening up the app and hitting a button.

The app can be particularly helpful to those who are forgetful. Ever find yourself wondering if you forgot to arm your system? Open up the app and check.

The mobile app also has an advantage over the Keychain Remote. Like the remote, the mobile app is perfect if you’re ever in a rush. The difference is that while the Keychain Remote’s range is limited to a few yards away from the home, the mobile app can be used from almost anywhere. At work 20 minutes away or on vacation across the country? The app is always in range to arm/disarm.

24/7 Connectivity with the Online Profile

If you’re not attached to your smartphone or just not comfortable using it to arm and disarm, there’s the tried-and-true option of using a computer.

After setting up an online profile at, you’ll gain remote access to your home alarm system. You can arm and disarm whenever you want, along with being able to use numerous other features.

As long as you have a computer with an internet connection, your system will never be too far away to access.

Home Alarm System: The Easy Way to Protect Your Home

For 2014, make it a priority to arm your security system. These features – each available as part of the Interactive Monitoring plan with FrontPoint — make it easy to stay on top of your system and protect your home. After all, even the best security system is worthless if it’s not being used.

Tell us how these features have helped you stay on top of using your FrontPoint system daily in the comments.


Editor’s Note: The mobile app and online profile are available as part of the Interactive and Ultimate Monitoring plans. For more information, check out the plan features

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William Leifer
February 10, 2014 at 4:43 PM
It is very simple. Insurance companies give a big discount if you HAVE an alarm system. But they are a pain in the butt to actually use, and most normal people do not sit around and shudder with worry that their homes are going to be invaded. A little simple logic answers this question.
Peter M. Rogers
February 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM
William - thanks for your comment. A burglary happens in the US roughly every 14 seconds, and residential crime rates have been increasing in many jurisdictions: intrusion is the most stubborn form of crime to address, per the stats, since most other forms of crime have been on the decrease. You may not think that your house is vulnerable, which is great. However, many homeowners do want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the authorities will be dispatched, and not just for intrusion: how about fire? In addition, it makes sense to consider all the other things that a good alarm system can do... remote arm/disarm, text and email notifications, video services, and even home automation for control of lights, locks, and thermostats. Today you can be not only protected, but also connected. So you see, it's not just about intrusion anymore - and the systems are remarkably easy to use. We have a mobile app that allows you to do all these things on your smart phone, and the app is extremely intuitive. Thanks again.
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