Commercials for new security alarm systems are all over the TV and internet these days. Do you really need a security alarm? Are they worth the money and all that time spent punching in codes? Here are some surprising facts to help you decide.
How much do you know about home security? Do you know anything about burglaries? Fires? Does your family have a plan?
- A burglary occurs every 15 seconds
- Over 2,000,000 burglaries occur each year
- Over 60% of burglaries occur between 10 am and 3 pm
- Over $2,000 is stolen from a home on average
- A household member is home for 28% of burglaries
- Only 13% of burglaries are solved
- Burglars invade homes more than once
- Only 60% enter homes by force. 30% get in through unlocked doors or windows
- There is a 1 in 4 chance your home will report a fire in your lifetime
- There is a 1 in 36 chance your home will experience a burglary
The odds of your home experiencing a burglary, fire, or other accident are high. Do alarm systems really make a difference?
Confessions Of Convicted Burglars
The best way to find out the efficacy of security alarm systems against burglary is to ask the perpetrator. Convicted burglars confess that they intentionally avoid homes with security systems. They look for window stickers, yard signs, and security panels. Evidence suggests burglars are three time less likely to break into a home with a security alarm.
What else do burglars look for? Burglars admit they seek out homes that appear to be unoccupied. Burglars want to be in and out of your home in under 12 minutes. They do not want to waste time dealing with terrified occupants. Signs that a home is unoccupied are:
- No lights on
- No car in driveway
- No radio or TV
- Notes on doors indicating absence
- Piles of mail or packages
- Failure to respond to a knock
Many of these indications are easily faked to create the illusion of occupation.
Burglars also look for homes with privacy fences or landscaping that shields them from view. This makes it easier to break into your home undetected.
What else do burglars avoid? Burglars do not want to deal with large dogs or bright lights. Dogs are not the only precaution you should take against burglars. They do make a nice addition to a security system. Motion sensor lights or floodlights make it difficult for burglars to work in the dark. Some will move on to a different home rather than risk detection.
Are Alarm Systems Expensive?
Some systems are expensive. Others are less so. Consider the financial incentives before worrying about hefty installation fees.
Insurance companies offer discounts to policy holders with security alarms. Discounts range from 5-20%. The fact that insurance companies are willing to offer a discount speaks to the effectiveness of security alarms. It also saves you money.
Burglars steal over $2,000 from a home on average. This total does not account for property damage and legal fees. You could be looking at shelling out up to $20,000 before a burglary is resolved.
A fire is more likely than a burglary. Your security alarm alerts you to carbon monoxide in your home, giving you and your family time to get out. Fire safety alone is a good reason to install a security system and enjoy the insurance discounts it provides.
Security systems have additional features. Some alert you to floods along with fires. You receive notification if your sump pump stops working or moisture levels rise. Others monitor internal temperature and alert you if temperatures drop below freezing. This prevents damage from frozen pipes and lets you know your air conditioning and heating system has malfunctioned.
Security Alarms Are Worth It
Statistics show that security alarm systems are worth it. What statistics cannot quantify is peace of mind. You will rest easier knowing that your home is protected, even when you are away.