By Stan Rosenzweig
February is cause for much celebration. There’s Groundhog Day, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Superbowl Sunday. Also, there are dozens of lesser-known days, such as National Freedom Day, Boy Scout Day, Feed the Birds Day and even Thank a Mailman Day.
Since there never has been a problem adding new recognition days in February, I’d like to propose a new one. I call it “I Finally Got Those Security Cameras Installed Day.” Cottonwood Heights residents can join the thousands who’ve already improved home security by installing video cameras around their home perimeters. Installing them in your home not only prevents crime from happening, but even when bad guys are oblivious to your prevention efforts, your cameras will help law enforcement bring perpetrators to justice and perhaps recover stolen items.
We have all become accustomed to watching the evening news when crimes are being recorded as they occur. These real-time videos help officers catch and identify thieves more easily than before. When they break into homes or cars to steal valuables, or unguarded credit card numbers and passwords, video images help us fight back.
If you're a “do-it-yourselfer,” there are numerous camera systems available at many local retailers, including Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Costco and most big box stores, as well as online at Amazon or eBay. If you prefer to have professionals to do the installation, and/or you’d like 24/7 central station monitoring, ADT, Vivint and many local firms are available and only a phone call away. In fact, with so many choices, there aren't any good reasons not to provide yourself with the modern comfort of video security this month.
So, make February your month to fortify your home against intruders with a new video camera system. You’ll sleep better, those bad actors will think twice about giving you trouble, and, if everyone around you does the same, you will have wall-to-wall video surveillance throughout your neighborhood.
Let your new security cameras help you stay aware and enjoy a safer 2017.