When I first got involved in the home alarms business I had the naive idea that home alarms are something which makes noise when a door or window is forced open. Maybe that was the case a couple of decades ago but in the 21st century, home alarms are extremely advanced technological inventions which can improve your life in many ways.
The basic function of the home alarm is to scare off burglars. It has evolved and split into several functions over the years. First, if burglars break into an empty house, the owner can choose between a conventional alarm sound and a silent alarm. The silent alarm is meant to notify the authorities and give them enough time to reach your property without alerting the burglars. This increases your chances of catching the intruders immensely. The silent alarm function can also be activated using a remote in case someone breaks in while you are inside your property. In this case the home alarm will send a message to the police, telling them that the situation is extremely hazardous.
Further enhancements and a good amount of cash can get you an alarm system which can do insane things like blocking all windows and doors with thick metal plates or lock yourself in a small room (a panic room) which cannot be opened from outside. This may be a great option if you think the intruders may be after you and not your belongings.
A more common feature of home alarms is the ability to notify a hospital in case of a medical emergency. The features which such a system may include are endless but a relatively simple execution is a remote which a sick or elderly person can carry along. This remote would then trip the alarm system and call an ambulance in case the person cannot reach a phone or other communication device.
As you can see home alarms offer a variety of ways to not only make you feel safe but actually secure your property and your health.