While home security systems can provide that extra feeling of assurance that your home is protected, can they also make you feel more anxious? We share what several home security system owners have to say.
At this time when many of us are probably feeling some sort of unease with daily updates on the Coronavirus, we’re also finding ourselves coming across the topics of safety and home security. While we’re aware of the practical benefits of home security systems through intrusion detection and surveillance, there’s also the question of how our home security systems are making us feel?
Do people feel more safe and secure with less anxiety? Are some people feeling safe and secure, but find themselves having more anxious?
We asked for feedback from home security system owners to get their opinions and here’s what they had to say.
Does Having a Home Security System Make You Feel More Anxious?
Most of the respondents said that they felt safer with their home security system. Wellness and lifestyle blogger, Alexandra Tran, said she felt safer knowing that she could check in through her security camera to see if there’s anything that needed attention. Daniel Carter, founder of Zippy Electrics, said his SimpliSafe security system provides him with “peace of mind.”
Only one respondent expressed concern about anxiety, more-so related to the system’s setup. Daniel Velez with Secure Leads, LLC said that “if the security system is poorly configured, it will trigger false alarms and...keep you defensive or hesitant towards your surroundings.” And that’s understandable, especially if you have a security camera and can’t set up custom activity zones. Worse than that, the false alarms can add up if you’re fined.
Do You Believe a Home Security System Increases Your Safety?
There was a resounding “Yes” to this question from most respondents with reasons why they felt their home security increased their safety. Velez specifically called out home security yard signs: “Absolutely, [especially] with visible components like a yard sign[;] it’s a warning for outsiders.” Tran said that her security system “alerts [them] when someone is approaching [their] property.” This is especially a benefit through video doorbell cameras if you want to see who’s visiting before answering your door.
What Feature Do You Like the Most about Your Home Security System? What Feature Do You Like the Least?
We received different answers from some of the respondents with notifications being called out the most. Velez and Tran both mentioned that they like the ability to get activity alerts. Bryan Stoddard of Homewares Insider said that he likes being able to check his cameras by phone the most.
For the least liked features, battery drainage subscription requirements made the list. Tran mentioned that she has the EufyCam2, and one of the negatives is having the batteries to drain faster as the camera ages. While Bryan likes having a security camera, he doesn’t like that a subscription is required for service.
While these respondents didn’t have much to say as far as anxiety, these are other points of view.
Other Points of View on Home Security & Anxiety
In a study conducted by High Security Home of doorbell camera owners, 40% of 1,008 participants said their video doorbells made them feel more anxious. One participant said, “I can’t stop checking my phone every time the alert goes off. Person walking? Check. Mail delivery? Check. Bird landing on our porch? Check...I feel like I always need to be watching now…[which is] not something I dealt with when it wasn’t an option.”
This user feels that prior to owning their video doorbell camera, they did not experience this level of anxiety, which has been brought on through constant alerts.
One solution for those who have security cameras and are constantly getting unnecessary alerts is to find out if they can set up custom activity zones. This could potentially help to alleviate false alarms. A number of companies now are also including artificial intelligence (A.I.) in their cameras so that they recognize packages, people, animals, and cars specifically.
Overall, we’ve gathered that home security and anxiety levels may vary from user to user. Ultimately, these systems are designed to help put consumers at more ease, yet there are instances when they may become more troublesome, such as through false alarms. We advise that before choosing a home security system, you get a good understanding of its features. If your system has a trial period, test it out during that time and find out what’s negotiable and non-negotiable for you.