By: Nick Gambino

In researching this article I was shocked to discover that in the U.S. alone a burglary occurs every 18 seconds. Now I know sometimes reading these kind of statistics can be a little unsettling but knowledge, not denial, is what’s going to keep you safe in the long run.

Here’s another statistic which might put you at ease: 60% of burglars who were caught fessed up to the fact that they avoided homes with security systems installed, according to a study done by UNC-Charlotte.Home8pic

That right there offers a solution and a way to keep your home safe. By installing a monitored security system in your house, and making it known to any potential burglars through either a sign on your window or in your front lawn, you offer a natural deterrent to criminal elements who target your neighborhood.

Unfortunately, there is one
more statistic that might trouble you, but don’t worry, I’m going to show you a solution.

False alarm rates are extremely high in certain areas, some as high as 98%. This has resulted in policies being implemented whereby crisis control dispatchers will label alarms without verified evidence of a crime as low priority. This means that even if there really is a break-in, police may not show up.

Home8 offers a solution with its Video-Verified Alarm Security Ultra-Secure Starter Kit. This starter kit provides everything you’ll need to monitor your home and capture evidence for the police to verify the urgency of response.

Complete with door and window sensors, infrared motions sensors and, of course, an HD camera, Home8’s Ultra Secure Starter Kit is ridiculously easy to set up. Self-install takes only a few minutes, and then you’re ready to go.

With the accompanying app you’ll receive notifications if anything triggers the system’s alarm and recording. By opening the app you’ll get a view of the scene 5 seconds before the event and 25 seconds after the event; you can then decide if you need police assistance or not.

One thing that’s great about this system is its 24/7 intelligent recording where it automatically filters out unchanged scenes so you don’t need to worry about storing loads of digital data, 99.9% of which is unnecessary.

Home8.Night vision is an obvious must. Even though most burglaries are reported as occurring from 10am to 3pm, there are still those that take place in the dark of night. The Home8 camera automatically switches to infrared night vision when it detects low light.

Other convenient features include arming and disarming the system from the app or keychain remote as well as a local siren that blares out to scare off unwanted “visitors.”

For more information or to purchase the Video-Verified Alarm Security Ultra-Secure Starter Kit for a mere $299.99, go to home8alarm.com.


Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.