Home Security Systems: A Must for Hawaii’s Seniors

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Medical Alarms for SeniorsHome Security Systems: A Must for Hawaii’s Seniors

Hawaii residents love the state for the same reasons tourists do and more. Perhaps they were born in the Aloha State or maybe they came to Hawaii on their own, drawn to the archipelago’s rich assortment of flora and fauna. Tourists may think of Oahu and other islands as idyllic paradises, but residents know that Hawaii – just like every other state – isn’t perfect. Honolulu citizens still need to worry about such troubles as fires and the occasional burglary.According to the U.S. Census in 2010, 17.8% of Honolulu residents were 65 or older. Hawaii seniors prioritize their independence and quality of life. Many older Hawaiians who live alone and want to maintain their self-sufficiency consider installing home security systems – especially those that are monitored by emergency dispatchers. It’s reassuring to older Hawaiians and their families to know that help is just a button push away if there’s ever a problem in the home.

Burglary is part of the problem. There were more than 10,000 home break-ins in Hawaii during 2011, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for the year. Burglaries are one of the top dangers prevented by home security systems. Motion sensors placed by doors and windows alert household members that an entryway has been breached. When a system is armed, these sensors will alert monitoring personnel if an intruder has entered the home. Then dispatch can send police over if necessary.

Protect Hawaii KapunaBut home security systems don’t just guard against break-ins. Twenty-four-hour monitoring centers are linked to alarm systems. Seniors can use their keypad or an emergency pendant button to alert security professionals for all sorts of problems – including injury or illness and fire as well as suspicious activity. Among the potential issues: break-ins, fires, carbon monoxide and flooding. With many monitored systems, sensors are able to detect the presence of extreme heat, smoke, poisonous gases and flooding. Dispatchers will quickly assess the situation and promptly send help if needed. Instead of struggling to find a phone, seniors can depend on security personnel to send a doctor or ambulance.

There are many reasons for older Hawaiians – and for that matter, all residents – to purchase a security system. Maybe they’re getting older and want an easy way to call for help. Perhaps a spouse just passed away and they’d like another set of eyes to keep watch over their home. Home security systems make sense financially, too. Electronic monitoring is affordable and can qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance as well. Plus, you’ll reduce your risk of losing expensive valuables to a burglar or precious memories to fire. Your money is much better spent protecting your home than it is lost to a criminal. Don’t hesitate to find out more about how you can protect your own slice of paradise.

This article was contributed by Shannon Casey, writer for HomeInsurance.com. With a background in comedy and playwriting, Shannon branched into blogging and marketing in 2011, writing for several national brands. She graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in 2010 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.


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