One of the biggest benefits to having a home alarm system is peace of mind. They offer many features that help ensure that you and your loved ones are safe: from deterring burglary to notifying those in the home of a dangerous situation such as fire. And when coupled with a central station monitoring service, they help to make sure that emergency services are called promptly even when you are unable to. To those still asking if home alarm systems are really necessary, convicted burglars themselves would tell you that they are. As funded by the Alarm Industry Research & Education Foundation, over 400 randomly selected burglars were interviewed and were asked about their decision-making process. An overwhelming 83% said they would attempt to find out if their target home has a burglar alarm and if it has one, about 73% said they would retreat and seek another target. Remember: modern burglars have become wiser, but properly using a well designed alarm system goes a long way.