Basic human needs aren’t limited by location. No matter what part of the world you live in, food, shelter, safety, and peace of mind are what every human seeks. It’s part of our biology.
Home security is the most effective way to gain safety for belongings and family, and it’s accompanied by peace of mind. As long as humans have been around, they’ve needed security.
Technology is a global tool. Much of what we see in the home security industry in the United States is also present in other countries. But how do some locations vary? What preferences or priorities do other countries have? What needs might a country have that are not present in the United States?
What the Numbers Tell Us
The largest markets for home security are in the United States and Europe. Protect America, ADT, and Protection 1 are examples of national providers in the United States, while the UK has companies like Bosch, Japan boasts Secom, Sweden has a company named Securitas—nice branding since “security” is built in the name. A security company in Israel called Visonic Group even has subsidiaries that sell as far as Latin America and the Caribbean. Kind of like Protect America selling its services into provinces of Canada.
As you can see, other countries have security companies, products, and services similar to those in the United States. Security monitoring and home automation are by no means unique to our country.
Europe is probably the most comparable to the US, since many countries have people that mainly live in urban areas and sky-rises. There aren’t as many rural spaces in some parts of the world. But as we’ve covered before, home security is just as valuable in urban dwellings.
Other variables may include the sizes of homes, if they’re located near beaches or large bodies of water, and even how close they are to bordering cities or countries. Europe for example, is a lot smaller and easier to travel to different countries than the large roaming landscape of the United States.
Products are similar in other countries, with slight variations due to differences in global markets. The same way companies change their offerings in foreign countries to suit the needs of that particular demographic. You likely won’t ever see the Chicken Maharaja Mac that McDonald’s has sold in India over at your local store in Nebraska or Florida.
Disadvantages in Other Countries
While the United States, Europe, and other countries have similar systems and preferences for home security, some countries have disadvantages when it comes to the technology.
Not every country is fortunate to have the technological resources for security and they may lack funds for equipment. This is especially prevalent in countries that have underdeveloped telephone systems and wireless networks. They don’t have the means to provide these technologies at same scope as countries with better and cheaper resources.
In countries that are extremely dangerous like Latin America, they have unique needs for home and personal security. In some parts of the world, life alert and personal emergency pendants have taken a whole new meaning due to how common human trafficking and kidnapping is. Being equipped with one of these gadgets provides location technology that can determine where people and alert authorities if an event ever occurs.
The website Mexperience provides information for those that are moving to the country or currently living there. They have an e-book guide that helps to better understand the problems and variables may arise in the country.
Other tracking tools and apps are available to use in foreign countries to track belongings and your person when abroad. In the meantime, home security will protect your home and belongings that are left stateside.
As technology advances, spreads further across the globe, and becomes more accessible, it’s likely that we can imagine more and more access to home security in undeveloped parts of the world.