Do I Really Need a Security System?
Security by the Numbers
While the clear majority of us in North Texas live in safe environments, I trust most of us would agree that the world in which we live is not nearly as safe and secure as it once was.
According to Alarm System Report, over 2 million home burglaries are reported in the United States each year and, on average, a burglary of a home in the U.S. occurs every 13 seconds-or about four burglaries a minute, 240 an hour, and nearly 6,000 a day.
Both homeowners and renters need to consider these statistics when it comes to protecting their families, roommates, and possessions. One potential deterrent to home burglaries is a home security system, which, according to statistics, does have an effect on whether or not a burglary will be successful.
Though most of us would tout family safety as one of our top priorities, and despite the numbers of residential break-ins, only 14 percent of U.S. residents have an anti-burglar alarm protection system installed in their homes. In North Texas, though many of the newer homes were built with security systems installed, more than 76% of these systems are not being professionally monitored. With crime rates increasing in our cities, now is the time to decide if investing in a security system is the right decision for you.
By the Numbers
Statistics paint an interesting picture as to how home security systems and alarm monitoring can affect crime rates and home burglaries.
Fifty-nine percent of home burglaries occur during the day while residents are at work or at school, and homes with a lot of cover, such as from trees, fences, and gardens, are most commonly broken into. Most break-ins occur in July and August, while February has the least break-ins. Statistics show that more than 95 percent of burglaries involve break-in by force, such as by breaking a window or door lock. In many cases, a security system could prevent homes from becoming a part of these statistics.
Pros and Cons of a Security System
The main and most essential reason to invest in a security system is to deter crime in your home. According to the Electronic Security Association's "Home Safety Fast Facts" report, 9 out of 10 burglars said that if they encountered an alarm or home security system, they would not attack the home. According to the Greenwich Study of Residential Security report, homes without a security system are 2.7 to 3.5 times more likely to be subject to a burglary. Thus, in addition to precautions like window locks and deadbolts on doors, a security system is a prime candidate for your home safety options.
As the cost for electronics continues to decline, so have the cost for security systems with the main deterrent today often being the monthly monitoring fee. You may not think the cost is worth covering the potential risks - a decision that only you can make for yourself.
In our next post, we will discuss the Pros and Cons of Alarm Monitoring.
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