Understanding Home Insurance Discounts for Security Systems

How to cut your monthly premiums.

BY ALLISON CLARK

November 6, 2020

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You know purchasing a home security system will help protect your family and personal property from harm, but did you know you can also get a home insurance discount for a security system? Because a security system can help deter and prevent break-ins, some insurance companies view them as a way to reduce the likelihood of having to make a big payout to you in the future. In return, they’ll often provide you an insurance discount for your alarm system.

While that discount won’t entirely offset the costs of installing a home security system or its monthly monitoring fees, it can help mitigate the expense and provide some additional incentive for investigating security systems for your home.

How does homeowners insurance define home security?

Homeowners insurance companies don’t discount for all security systems equally. To receive the maximum discount on your insurance premium, you’ll likely need to have a fully monitored security service. If your home is insured for over $1 million, your insurance company may require you to have a central monitoring service in order for you to receive a discount for your security system.

In evaluating whether or not to offer a premium discount, most insurance companies look for your system to include the following components:

  • Home automation

  • Deadbolt locks

  • Monitored security system

  • Monitored fire alarms

  • Disaster sensors

Not every insurance company will provide a measurable discount (or any discount at all) on a monitored alarm service, so be sure to shop around. A reputable insurance company will know the value of a home security system and will offer homeowners insurance discounts for your installed alarm system.

How much does a security system save on insurance?

Insurance discounts for alarm systems offer a win-win for both you and the insurance company. Modern home security systems are incredibly reliable and offer not only burglar alarms but also alarms for fire, smoke, and flood. Most insurers recognize that a discount on your homeowners insurance premium in exchange for you installing a monitored security system is worth the investment. Even when you’re not home, a monitored system will notify police of a break-in or the fire department of a fire, decreasing emergency response time dramatically.

According to the Electronic Security Association (ESA) a home alarm system can provide alarm discounts of up to 20 percent. Most insurance companies offer these discounts, too, so it’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to learn what you could save. Some insurance companies offer discounts for an installed security system and then an additional discount if your system is monitored.

Given that homeowners insurance can cost from hundreds to several thousands of dollars annually, home insurance discounts for security systems could save you substantial money over time.

Security measures that can lower insurance rates

Not only could a monitored home security system potentially reduce your homeowners insurance premiums, that system could also provide additional support to you in the event you ever need to file a claim. For example, in the unfortunate event of a burglary or fire damage, your insurance company will want to inspect loss or damage when you file a claim to ensure it meets the covered causes in your policy. If you have a home security system with video surveillance, you have a quick and easy way to share theft or disaster data with your insurance provider.

A video camera is only one component in the larger picture of your home security, however. Increase your family’s safety and potentially deepen your discounts with the following home security additions:

Deadbolts

Deadbolts offer one of the most affordable options for increasing your home’s security and possibly qualifying you for a homeowners insurance discount. To receive a premium discount, you’ll need to have deadbolts installed on all exterior doors. Insurance companies may include smart locks with keypads or facial recognition locks in this category, too.

Burglar Alarms

Some insurance companies will count a standard burglar alarm toward a home insurance discount for security systems if the alarm is loud enough that neighbors or emergency personnel can hear it. Most standalone burglar alarms are easy to install, too, as an easy weekend DIY project.

A study conducted by researchers from Temple University indicated that a home protected by a home security alarm is 60 percent less likely to be burglarized. Researchers from Rutgers University conducted a similar study and arrived at a similar conclusion.

Other safety measures that can lead to insurance discounts

Smoke detectors and fire alarms

Fire damage can be among the costliest claims insurance companies face. In fact, data from the Insurance Information Institute shows claims for fire and lightning damage account for 20 times as many insurance claims as those for theft. Hence most insurance companies offer discounts for homeowners who install smoke detectors on every floor of their home. That discount may be even deeper if you add a fire alarm that connects to an outside monitoring service that can instantly dispatch emergency personnel to your residence.

Fire Extinguishers

Some insurance companies will offer a premium discount if you have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home since it may help prevent the spread of a blaze that could cause substantial (and costly) damage.

Sprinkler Systems

Similarly, sprinkler systems can earn you an insurance premium discount, too, if you have a sprinkler system installed on every floor of your house. As with fire extinguishers, they can prevent a small fire from becoming a large one.

Conclusion: Does a security system reduce insurance?

If you really want to ensure your home security system protects your family and property and earns you a solid discount on your homeowners insurance premium, you need to do more than find the right insurance company. You also need to work with a home security service provider that will help you choose a system that qualifies for that discount.

A reliable alarm company should also offer the following basic points of service:

  • 24/7 monitoring

  • Accessible and reliable customer support and service

  • Easy installation

  • Value for the money

  • Reliable, quality equipment

Schedule a consultation with a Brinks Home Security® senior security consultant to discuss options for protecting your home and helping you meet home insurance alarm requirements for premium discounts.

Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home Security. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.

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Understanding Home Insurance Discounts for Security Systems

How to cut your monthly premiums.

BY ALLISON CLARK

November 6, 2020

You know purchasing a home security system will help protect your family and personal property from harm, but did you know you can also get a home insurance discount for a security system? Because a security system can help deter and prevent break-ins, some insurance companies view them as a way to reduce the likelihood of having to make a big payout to you in the future. In return, they’ll often provide you an insurance discount for your alarm system.

While that discount won’t entirely offset the costs of installing a home security system or its monthly monitoring fees, it can help mitigate the expense and provide some additional incentive for investigating security systems for your home.

How does homeowners insurance define home security?

Homeowners insurance companies don’t discount for all security systems equally. To receive the maximum discount on your insurance premium, you’ll likely need to have a fully monitored security service. If your home is insured for over $1 million, your insurance company may require you to have a central monitoring service in order for you to receive a discount for your security system.

In evaluating whether or not to offer a premium discount, most insurance companies look for your system to include the following components:

  • Home automation

  • Deadbolt locks

  • Monitored security system

  • Monitored fire alarms

  • Disaster sensors

Not every insurance company will provide a measurable discount (or any discount at all) on a monitored alarm service, so be sure to shop around. A reputable insurance company will know the value of a home security system and will offer homeowners insurance discounts for your installed alarm system.

How much does a security system save on insurance?

Insurance discounts for alarm systems offer a win-win for both you and the insurance company. Modern home security systems are incredibly reliable and offer not only burglar alarms but also alarms for fire, smoke, and flood. Most insurers recognize that a discount on your homeowners insurance premium in exchange for you installing a monitored security system is worth the investment. Even when you’re not home, a monitored system will notify police of a break-in or the fire department of a fire, decreasing emergency response time dramatically.

According to the Electronic Security Association (ESA) a home alarm system can provide alarm discounts of up to 20 percent. Most insurance companies offer these discounts, too, so it’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to learn what you could save. Some insurance companies offer discounts for an installed security system and then an additional discount if your system is monitored.

Given that homeowners insurance can cost from hundreds to several thousands of dollars annually, home insurance discounts for security systems could save you substantial money over time.

Security measures that can lower insurance rates

Not only could a monitored home security system potentially reduce your homeowners insurance premiums, that system could also provide additional support to you in the event you ever need to file a claim. For example, in the unfortunate event of a burglary or fire damage, your insurance company will want to inspect loss or damage when you file a claim to ensure it meets the covered causes in your policy. If you have a home security system with video surveillance, you have a quick and easy way to share theft or disaster data with your insurance provider.

A video camera is only one component in the larger picture of your home security, however. Increase your family’s safety and potentially deepen your discounts with the following home security additions:

Deadbolts

Deadbolts offer one of the most affordable options for increasing your home’s security and possibly qualifying you for a homeowners insurance discount. To receive a premium discount, you’ll need to have deadbolts installed on all exterior doors. Insurance companies may include smart locks with keypads or facial recognition locks in this category, too.

Burglar Alarms

Some insurance companies will count a standard burglar alarm toward a home insurance discount for security systems if the alarm is loud enough that neighbors or emergency personnel can hear it. Most standalone burglar alarms are easy to install, too, as an easy weekend DIY project.

A study conducted by researchers from Temple University indicated that a home protected by a home security alarm is 60 percent less likely to be burglarized. Researchers from Rutgers University conducted a similar study and arrived at a similar conclusion.

Other safety measures that can lead to insurance discounts

Smoke detectors and fire alarms

Fire damage can be among the costliest claims insurance companies face. In fact, data from the Insurance Information Institute shows claims for fire and lightning damage account for 20 times as many insurance claims as those for theft. Hence most insurance companies offer discounts for homeowners who install smoke detectors on every floor of their home. That discount may be even deeper if you add a fire alarm that connects to an outside monitoring service that can instantly dispatch emergency personnel to your residence.

Fire Extinguishers

Some insurance companies will offer a premium discount if you have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home since it may help prevent the spread of a blaze that could cause substantial (and costly) damage.

Sprinkler Systems

Similarly, sprinkler systems can earn you an insurance premium discount, too, if you have a sprinkler system installed on every floor of your house. As with fire extinguishers, they can prevent a small fire from becoming a large one.

Conclusion: Does a security system reduce insurance?

If you really want to ensure your home security system protects your family and property and earns you a solid discount on your homeowners insurance premium, you need to do more than find the right insurance company. You also need to work with a home security service provider that will help you choose a system that qualifies for that discount.

A reliable alarm company should also offer the following basic points of service:

  • 24/7 monitoring

  • Accessible and reliable customer support and service

  • Easy installation

  • Value for the money

  • Reliable, quality equipment

Schedule a consultation with a Brinks Home Security® senior security consultant to discuss options for protecting your home and helping you meet home insurance alarm requirements for premium discounts.

Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home Security. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.

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