It’s a proven fact that burglar alarms are an effective way to prevent break-ins. Homes with a security system are three times less likely to be burglarized. This has been proven by more than one investigation on the subject.
A study conducted by the University of North Carolina that surveyed convicted burglars, found that about 60 percent said that they took into consideration the presence of a security alarm system when deciding whether or not to break into a house and fully fifty percent said they wouldn’t attempt to rob a house with an alarm.
Data collected by the UK government on the nature of burglary, found that 2/3 of homes that were robbed had taken less than basic security measures. Of the homes that weren’t robbed, ¾ had taken basic or advanced security measures.
It’s clear that burglar alarms act to restrain the ill intentions of intruders.
When Burglaries Are Likely to Occur
It may surprise you to learn that most burglaries don’t happen in the dead of night, but during the day and July and August are the months with the most break-ins. This is because windows, sheds and garages may be inadvertently left open and, during the summer months, homes are left empty as families go on vacation.
In fact, 65 per cent of burglaries occur between 6am and 6pm, when most people are at work. Whether you’re away from home for a day or a week, having a home security system is a great way to make sure your home is protected while you’re away.
The Truth About Repeat Burglaries
On average, a house is burglarized every 13 seconds in the United States. You may assume that, if you’ve been robbed once, the same burglar won’t come back again. The truth is, if he wasn’t caught the first time, the original thief may return to the scene of his first crime.
Also, a house that’s been robbed could attract other intruders, because of its apparent defenselessness. As many as one out of every three home burglary victims are repeat victims and as many as half of these repeat victims were robbed again within a month of the first robbery.
Why Burglars Come Back
Burglars return to a former target for a number of reasons, including:
- They noted additional valuable items in your home that they want
- They assume that previously stolen items will have be replaced by insurance within 6 weeks and go back for them
- A repeat burglar now knows the layout of the home and can rummage through each room quicker the second time
- The home is a vulnerable target
Unless vulnerabilities are dealt with, your home will continue to look like an easy target. These vulnerabilities may include:
- No home security system
- No visible security cameras
- No interior/exterior lightning
- Windows left open during warmer weather
- Unlocked front or back doors
For the homeowner, a certain level of emotional comfort is gained by having a burglar alarm installed. You can relax, knowing that someone is watching out for you, your home and your possessions.
Sirens and Strobe Lights Cause Panic
The effectiveness of a business security system is increased when you include a siren or strobe lights in your alarm system. The loud noise or flashing lights that result when the alarm is triggered, will cause intruders to panic and run.
Know Your Home’s Needs
Before investing in a home security system, it’s important to know exactly what your home needs. The size of your home and the neighbourhood where you live, determine what you need. Purchase a system that covers all the bases, so it’s as effective as it should be.
On the other hand, you don’t need to over-purchase, either. To determine exactly how much security your home needs, do internet research and talk to friends and neighbours about their experiences. Then contact a professional installer, who won’t try to sell you a lot of security products you don’t need.
An alarm system is only as effective as the homeowner. One of the main reasons burglar alarms fail is that people forget or neglect to turn them on when they leave the house or go to bed. Make the most of your alarm system by learning how to use it effectively.
Enhancements to a Security System
Security measures, such as burglar alarms definitely help to deter burglars. Other ways to add protection to your home, along with an alarm system, include:
- Timed lights
- Motion sensing lights
- Outdoor cameras
- Dog(s) in the home
Burglars might also be discouraged by factors such as the close proximity of people and fewer escape routes.
Talk to Us
Protect yourself from burglars and other disreputable intruders by talking to the experts at PasWord Protection today. We can help you find the home alarm system that fits your home’s specific needs.