Interesting Facts About Home Security: Are You Safe?

When you look at your family, and your home, you know you want them to be safe, always out of harm’s way. When you leave for work, you expect to come back to a smiling family, and to a home that is secure. However, as they say, hope is not a strategy.
The growing crime rates across cities reflect the bitter reality. Many people overlook, ignore, and underestimate the need of taking appropriate home security measures. A burglary or theft can lead to devastating consequences, both emotionally and financially.
While the financial loss may be recoverable, the trauma inflicted on your family and yourself may last forever. So take a minute and think about this; is this loss worth the risk?
According to the FBI, a burglary occurs about every eighteen seconds—equating to almost 200 per hour, or 4,800 every day. While, at first glance these statistics may seem alarming, they do serve a purpose.
Home security is both the security hardware in place on a property as well as personal security practices. Security hardware includes doors, locks, alarm systems, lighting, motion detectors, security camera systems, etc. that are installed on a property; personal security involves practices such as ensuring doors are locked, alarms activated, windows closed, extra keys not hidden outside, etc.
Most thefts target cash first followed by jewels, drugs, and electronics. Common security methods include never hiding extra keys outside, never turning off all the lights, applying small CCTV stickers on doors, and keeping good tabs with neighbors.
Here are interesting facts about home security you probably didn’t know:
1. Every year there are approximately 2.2 million burglaries in the United States, which averages out to a burglary every 14 to 15 seconds.
2. Home security systems will continue to operate during a power outage. Regardless of the model of security system, you have or are considering to buy, rest assured that it will continue to function in the event of a power outage.
Traditional systems powered by electricity are often of low voltage and so don’t require much power to run. Many systems contain large batteries that serve as back-up generators when main power is out. There are also many new solar-powered options becoming increasingly available.
3. 34% of burglars enter homes through the front door. Apparently, burglars aren’t as shy about their activities as you might think, using your home’s primary entry point 34% of the time. So be sure to keep your front door closed and locked at all times.
4. Home security systems are more affordable than you think. Whether you have disposable income or are on a limited budget, there is a system out there for you. Traditional burglar systems (not to be confused with security systems) place alarm sensors on doors and windows to alert you of intruders. If your budget allows, maybe you’d prefer a larger more advanced system with extra features like fire alarms, carbon monoxide, asset protection, and access to emergency personnel.
5. Security systems can reduce your homeowner’s insurance up to 20%. Yes, you read that correctly. Homeowner’s insurance is often rolled into a lump sum with your mortgage each month, so you may not even be aware of what you’re paying. Most insurance companies will reward the installation with reduced premiums.
6. 87% of all burglaries are considered preventable. Whether a crime of opportunity or a premeditated plan, most burglaries can be prevented by installing even a basic burglar alarm, if not a full security system.
7. Outdoor motion-activated lights can enhance your home security. Placing motion-detecting lights in strategic locations around the exterior of your home can startle potential intruders and make your home less prone to invasion. When coupled with a home security system you can significantly reduce your vulnerability to burglary.
8. Most burglaries occur during daylight hours. Home invasions take place between the hours of 10:00AM and 3:00PM. The time when occupants are either at school or at work. And because surrounding homes tend to keep similar hours, their chances of being noticed are significantly reduced.
9. Burglars are more likely to avoid homes with security system. While this statistic may not be surprising in the obvious sense, it is still an important one to be aware of. The University of North Carolina released a report that found 60% of convicted burglars admitted that the presence of a security system deterred them from targeting those homes and that they often sought out homes that ignored these measures. Yard signs and window stickers are fantastic burglar deterrents.

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