• Guns Or Security Systems?

    The New York Times recently published an article on the state of New York’s gun laws. The article describes how the Supreme Court refused to consider a law that would forbid a person from owning a gun unless it was used for protective purposes only. The Supreme Court has made similar decisions in the past, never restricting the right of people to have guns in their homes.

    The issue of gun control is a hot topic in the United States, given the recent acts of gun violence. Most people continue to agree however, that guns can be beneficial in an individual’s attempts to protect his or her home and family. As laws like the one from New York have failed to pass, homeowners will continue to have that option. There are certainly violent places in states like New York. Brooklyn for example has significantly more crimes per square mile than the state of New York does on average. While cities in New York come in at an average of 47 crimes a year per square mile, Brooklyn comes in at a whopping 880. Many would argue that for a place like Brooklyn, the ability to have guns could save lives.

    Should you consider a gun for home security?

    One of the questions you should ask yourself is, what is the likelihood that I would actually use a gun in the case of a break in? Do I live in a dangerous neighborhood? If there is not a good chance you would use the gun, it may be safer to rely on your home security system. Other questions you must ask yourself are, do I regularly have children in my house? Am I strong enough to protect myself if someone tried to take the gun from me? Do I have a bad temper? Would I actually be willing to pull the trigger? Is there anyone else living in the home that I would not want to be in possession of the gun?

    A home security system may work just as well

    A security system can’t necessarily harm a burglar who has already entered the home. However, it will discourage a burglar from even trying in the first place. Burglars often scan homes looking for those that are easy to enter and that lack security systems all together. If a burglar does decide to enter a home with a system, an alarm will go off that alerts authorities immediately. This will likely scare them off before they can do any real damage. Security systems can be much safer than a gun and in most cases, just as effective.

    Additional benefits of a security system

    A home security system in many ways does a much more thorough job of protecting your home. Strategically placed sensors throughout the home can make it impossible for even the most skilled burglar to enter without setting them off. You also don't have to worry about the home when you are away. New home security technology actually lets you tap into your security camera’s video feed while you are away. Security systems let you relax when you lay down in bed at night, because they do the work for you.

    Lindsey Patterson is from Dallas, TX and often works as a freelance writer for Vivint, helping others with home safety and security.

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