Many homeowners wonder about the real security needs of their home. For example, does the front door really need to be replaced, or more robust locks installed? What are the odds of someone breaking in through the garage? Will a home security system be more of an annoyance than a necessity?
While your neighborhood may seem safe, and your home security needs seem low, statistics can tell us the true story. Throughout the United States, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds. That means about 4800 Americans are the victims of theft every day.
Here are some other statistics about break-ins that will shed some light on your own security needs.
Home alarm systems prevent break-ins
Your home's security system is designed to alert you and the authorities if a break-in occurs. But, the added bonus is that statistics show that alarm systems lower your home's risk of being broken into. A study conducted by the University of North Carolina found that 60% of convicted burglars preferred to target a different house if an alarm was present. That's why using the window stickers and yard signs that come with your security system is important.
Break-ins happen in the middle of the day
Most of us take the most precautions in regards to home security at night. We lock every door, check the windows, and may even take a cursory look outside before heading to bed. But studies have shown that most burglaries occur between 10 AM and 3 PM. That's likely because most intruders want to enter your home when it's empty, rather than risking an encounter with the homeowner. During the day, chances are good that all occupants are either at work, or at school. A home security system will alert you if your home is broken into while you're away, but adding motion sensing security cameras can allow you to check on your home periodically and potentially spot suspisicous characters before a break-in.
Burglars are in and out quickly
Part of the reason that most burglars look for homes that aren't protected by alarm systems, and homes that are currently empty, is that burglars want an easy target. That prefer a home that they'll be able to enter quickly without making much noise, and exit quickly also. On average, a burglary takes less than 10 minutes from break-in to exit. In addition to an alarm system, it's a good idea to strengthen entry points. This way, it will take longer for a criminal to break-in. If they're unable to get through a door or window quickly, they're likely to abandon your home completely.
Burglaries result in an average loss of thousands of dollars
In 2014, the FBI recorded a total of $3.9 billion in cash and property lost by victims of burglaries. That includes residential and commercial robberies, but three out of four burglaries targeted a home. Many homeowners think the cost of a monitored alarm system isn't worth it. Maybe you don't have a lot of high dollar items in your home. However, there's an alarm system to fit just about any budget. And, preventing a break-in is worth it for the peace of mind alone. Not to mention, on average, a single burglary costs about $2,251 in loss for the victim. Depending on your security package, that could outweigh the cost of your home alarm system.
If you have questions about how best to secure your home, call us at PPSI. Our experienced security technicians will customize an alarm package for your needs and ensure it's installed properly. You'll also enjoy our renowned customer service to keep your home protected.
Call us at 800-283-6202.