On March 20, 2014, a key subcommittee hearing related to the potential passage of South Carolina Senate Bill S.137 (a/k/a Emma’s Law) was held at the South Carolina Legislature. The hearing was well attended and many voices were present urging the subcommittee to pass “Emma’s Law.” S.137 has been renamed “Emma’s Law” due to the tragic death of the child Emma Longstreet at the hands of a multiple and repeat drunk driving offender in Columbia last year. Her unfortunate death has galvanized community support for the passage of S.137. Debbie Ware, statewide chairman for MADD, emphasized that, according to several national studies, 67 percent of failed drunk driving collisions involve a repeat offender; and additionally, a repeat drunk driving offender is eight times more likely to be involved in a failed DUI accident than a driver with only one prior DUI conviction. After hearing testimony from various citizens, the subcommittee voted 5-0 to send “Emma’s Law” onto the full House of Representatives Criminal Law Committee for its consideration. Most observers believed that “Emma’s Law” will be fully endorsed by the South Carolina House of Representatives, the South Carolina Senate and will be signed into law by Governor Haley before the end of the 2014 session.
Having a good alarm system is crucial to feeling safe and secure. There are so many different types out there, but having the right safety features included in your alarm system will determine the amount of protection included. Here are the top 5 “must haves” in alarm system safety features:
Knowing that you’ve purchased a top of the line security system will make you feel at ease, but knowing there’s a full-time staff working on your behalf around-the-clock. While you and your family sleep, our Monitoring Center is constantly watching the signals that come from your home.
Another important feature to have is fire safety. Whether you are at home or away, the fire safety feature will help keep your mind at ease. If there is a malfunction in your home that results in a fire or even just an alarm, our Monitoring Center will assess the situation and contact the local fire department on your behalf. All you need to worry about is getting your family to safety in the event of an emergency.
Medical and Life Safety
How many stories have you heard of someone that suffers a health condition while they are alone or with a younger child? Having an alarm system that can contact paramedics with just the touch of a button adds to the security of your family, home and life in general. Nothing is more comforting than knowing that in an emergency, the paramedics are literally just a click away.
Security Cameras and Video Monitoring
Whether you’re away on a business trip, leaving your children at home with a sitter, or simply tucked into your bed at night, security cameras and video monitors can keep you and your family safe. Some even include features that allow you to see what is happening straight from your phone!
Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with the damage that comes from leaking or busted pipes, but with our integrated water automation system in place, you’ll never have to worry about trying to find the water valve in case of a problem. Automated water valves will allow you to turn the water on and off from your computer, your tablet, or your smart phone.
If you need to feel safe and secure, including these features when installing your alarm systems in New Orleans will do just that. There are many different alarm systems out there, but not all of them will keep you safe from all types of disasters. Finding the right one is crucial if you want it to do its job correctly!
Don’t let the cost of installing a new security system in your home deter you; the benefits far outweigh the cost. Installing a security system in your home is an investment in your property and in the well-being of your family. Here are just a few of the benefits of installing a security system in your home.
Rest easy knowing your family and possessions are secured 24/7. In the event of a break-in, fire, or medical emergency, help is just a matter of seconds away. With easy-to-read buttons, police and ambulance are at your fingertips, and the two-way voice system connects you to a real person during your emergency.
Even if you are away from home, across town or across the globe, access to your home is just a click away. Not sure if you locked the door? Lock and unlock doors remotely from your wireless device. With today’s advanced systems, you can monitor your home and family from afar with live video streaming and instant alerts sent straight to your mobile device.
Save on Insurance and Power
Did you know that you can save money on your homeowner’s insurance by having a monitored security system in your home? Some insurance companies have been known to discount insurance rates by up to 20%. You can also save on your home energy bills by changing the thermostat and turning off lights while you are away from home. Are you away from home most of the year? Adjust your home’s heating and air conditioning for extreme weather and seasonal changes right from your mobile device. With savings like that, your security system will practically pay for itself.
A home security system not only protects your home, but your neighborhood as well. Crime statistics show that neighborhoods with more alarm systems per block have lower crime rates. Thieves are actually deterred by the number of homes on your street with alarms systems. This is also a plus when it comes to the resale value on your home. A home with an advanced security system and video surveillance in a safe neighborhood is a huge selling point for potential buyers.
These are just a few of the benefits that come with installing a security system in New Orleans. Consult your local experts at Alarm Protection Services today and have peace of mind the next time you leave home.
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