You have a home, you like your stuff, you want your family to be safe, so what is the best way to protect your family and home? When you consider that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds and that in roughly 7% of those burglaries a home owner or occupant was injured due to physical violence, deciding that you need some form of protection for your home is a no-brainer.
The FBI has detailed information regarding home invasions and burglary – and the statistics are alarming. Only about 13% of burglaries are ever solved where some or all of the belongings are recovered. However, more often than not, the bad guys get away with their dastardly deeds and make off with your valuables, to the tune of an average dollar loss of $2,185 – which is actually less than the yearly cost of many home security systems.
While about 60% of criminals forced their way into the home in one way or another, an incredible 30% walked right in through an unlocked window or door. However, the majority of burglars admit that if they even try to break into a house with a security system (most will pass these secured homes on by), the alarm sounding will cause them to flee immediately.
There is no denying that home alarm systems deter crime and often prevent burglaries. You also should not fool yourself into believing that if you have been broken into once that it won’t happen again. It is a very common occurrence for a burglar to hit a home twice or even more. It makes sense. They already know the layout, the best points of entry, and where everything is kept. So, if you have experienced a break in, it is vital that you take steps to secure your home.
According to the Electronic Security Association, the average dollar value of loss associated with a burglary is cut in half when the home has a security system. The difference is nothing to sneeze at and makes a strong case for home security systems.
If this isn’t enough to get you thinking, here are a few other facts for you to chew on:
- A home that does not have a security system is as much as three times more likely to be burglarized than a home that does have one.
- 60% of burglaries that are attempted on homes with an alarm system are unsuccessful.
- The FBI claims that when you arm your home with a security system you make it 15 times less likely to be broken into.
And now for the sobering facts:
- More than half of people who have a security system do not know how to operate it.
- It takes less than an hour for a security specialist to do an evaluation of your home’s security level.
- Only 15% of households in the United States have a security system.
There is no denying that a home security system is a very effective way to keep your family safe and secure. They aren’t as expensive as you may think and most homeowner’s insurance policies will give the homeowner a discount for installing a home security system – as much as 20%. Your family and home are worth protecting. Don’t become another statistic.