Do I Need A Home Security System?

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Home Burglary Statistics

According to the FBI, in 2010, there were about 2.2 million burglaries across the United States. This number is down from the peak in 2005 of about 2.7 million burglaries. The deterring factor is home security systems. When burglars ring a doorbell or come face to face with an alarm sign or sticker, they usually calculate the level of risk and decide to move on. A security system gives you the opportunity to investigate any unfamiliar person or noise, to catch a criminal in the act, or just to scare a would-be burglar away.

While these facts are based on the national average, this information also varies from state to state and city to city. Locally, burglaries are more prevalent in neighborhoods with higher crime rates. Many families have endured the stress and risk of burglary, and want to prevent it from happening to them, by installing a home security system.

A home security system could put your minds at ease and add to the value of your home by increasing its accessibility to residents in the community. Neighborhood watch groups work with police detectives to help identify and bust potential burglars before crimes are committed.

Are Home Security Systems Effective?

Whether or not you need a home security system really depends on the situation. For example, if you live by yourself in a quiet area, and no strangers come to your door, then you might consider other alternatives to home security like investing in a personal alarm system.

If you live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, for example, then a home security system would be a much better idea. There are more likely to be break-ins in these cities, and there are more people.

As you can see, whether or not you need to have a home security system will depend on your own personal situation. If you live in a small quiet town, you can take a look at different security systems to see what you think would be good enough for an alarm system.

If you have a big family, you may need a home security system with video surveillance cameras and motion-detecting sensors, but they can be effective in a small town as well. It’s all up to you and your situation. The most important thing is that you are aware of your situation, and that you can assess your own situation to find out whether or not a home security system would be effective for you and yours.

Why Do We Need Home Security?

Did you know that in 2012 alone, approximately 3,800 individuals were reported missing. Of those reported missing, 58% were never found and 90% were reported missing within 12 hours of when they were last seen. Given those statistics, it's pretty obvious why you need a home security system!

The reason for that is that having a security system is one of the most effective forms of guarding yourself from theft, property damage, and other crime. A home security system is also the best and easiest way to defend yourself from intruders.

Without a security system, you will be at risk for people who want to harm you and hurt you and steal your property. Places like your home, are prime targets because your home is the center of your life and makes it the easiest to rob you and hurt you.

But with a home security system, you can protect and defend yourself and your family from those criminals who want to do you harm. If you do decide to get a home security system, you will become the person who will suffer if it doesn't work, so make sure you get a decent quality system. And just to let you know, there are lots of companies that offer fake security systems that aren't really secure. It's usually not too hard to tell, so take a little extra time and find a good quality home security system, not an imitation.

Pros of Having A Home Security System

Home security systems come in a wide variety of systems and prices, so you can find the right system for your specific needs. Some of the benefits of having a home security system include:

Peace of mind

Pricing on home security systems, whether wired or wireless, varies from one company to another, and you need to ask yourself if the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a security system installed in your home is worth the cost.

Home security offers you a range of benefits, including protecting your most valuable asset, your home. It offers the following peace of mind:

Peace of mind knowing that you can view footage from your home at any time.

Peace of mind knowing that the alarm will alert the monitoring station to any unauthorized access.

Peace of mind knowing that you can have complete control over your security system with your smartphone.

Peace of Mind that Includes Security for Your Family and Home

There is no question that you can find incredible value in the fight against crime if you choose a home security system. The question you should ask yourself is whether or not that value is worth the price.

Cons of Having A Home Security System

A home security system isn’t just for when you’re home. It’s there as a deterrent and to provide evidence to the police when everything goes wrong. In these cases, it’s crucial to have an alarm system. The first step is making sure you have the proper alarm to offer protection. You can start with the basics: an alarm siren and a motion sensor that triggers it to go off. This will protect your home from intruders.

The downside to the alarm siren is that it will only work while you’re home. Some security companies have a motion sensor light that will activate itself when someone comes near your door. This is better because it will at least alert you when someone is near your door. You’ll know you need to check out the person.

The downside to this alarm is that it isn’t a full security system. A security system is provided with a service that immediately calls the police and alerts them to the problem. You are able to speak with the company and tell them about the break in and they will call the police for you. They will remain on the line all the time and then hang up when the police arrive.

Burglary by Household Type

While the number of total burglaries has declined each year from 2005 to 2011, the chances of a burglary will still affect all of us at some point in our lives. However, based on which type of household you are living in, your risk of burglary will vary.

In the table below you will see that 42% of homes with children under the age of 18 have been a victim of burglary in comparison to 26% of homes without children. However, home burglaries have not been as prevalent as other crimes in the survey. The most popular crimes were larceny and theft at 68%, followed by motor vehicle theft at 44% and simple assault at 42%.

Over 50% of all burglary victims reported items missing, with jewelry and cash being the most common. Following the burglary, 37% of those who reported the stolen items said they did not take any action to secure their home. Instead of fixing the problem, they merely moved on.

Burglary by Household Income

It’s easy to see how important security is when considering the ease of break-ins and the high dollar amount of household goods. A study done by the University of North Carolina revealed that most property crimes are committed by people under 25 who tend to be unemployed males. Even if you don’t own an expensive flat screen, just government documents alone are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s understandably a big deal to protect yourself and your belongings.

Burglary by Household Member Demographics

Research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) shows that, in most cases, burglary occurs because someone you know well lives with you. If you think about it, it makes sense that this would be a common occurrence. After all, studies show that people are roughly 4x more likely to be the victim of a violent crime when they are in company with others who are unaware of the situation than when they are alone or with one other person. This is because company and obliviousness on behalf of the others present hinders the person being attacked from getting the help they need physically, from leaving the area, or even just from letting others know that they are coming home at that exact moment.

The fact that burglary most often occurs because someone is coming home from work and someone in their company, who knows the house, open the door and demands to be let inside goes to show just how vulnerable you are to getting burglarized if you live with people who know your home layout.

With a home security system, especially one that syncs up with your phone or computer, you can ensure that someone walking up to your door won’t get to the point where they can just let themselves in without you knowing about it. When you get near your home, you will be notified if your alarm is activated because of movement that doesn’t match what you have set up previously.

Recap

  • Home Security Tips You Should Know:
  • Upgrade your deadbolts and home door locks with single cylinder handles and get a home security system
  • Change your garage door code frequently.
  • Make sure your pet doors are secured and maintain that security on a consistent basis.
  • Keep your garage door closed at all times.
  • Consider using a secondary entrance.
  • Use timers to turn on your lights at different times which will fool a potential burglar.
  • {Always assume you are in the home, not away.
  • Make sure your computer is password protected with internet protection such as Norton or McAfee.
  • {Google your neighbors and be aware of their every-day schedules.
  • {Clean up areas around your house to make it look occupied.
  • {If you do not feel comfortable using security windows in your home, consider security film.
  • {Stop insider theft and burglary by keeping kids informed of household rules and expectations.
  • {Make sure all your smoke detectors are working correctly and changed every 10 years.
  • {Never leave your doors unlocked, even for a short amount of time.