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Does Home Security Really Protect Me?

Home security is something many homeowners must consider when protecting their property and families. It is startling to know that a home is burglarized every 15 seconds in the United States. Knowing the likelihood of a break-in and other interesting burglary facts can help you decide if having home security will be beneficial for you.

Likelihood of a Break-In

Interestingly, households without a security system are three times as likely to be burglarized than those that have a security system. Of those who are home when someone breaks in, seven percent of those people were assaulted during the burglary. However, burglaries are one a decline. But that doesn’t mean that you should be any less vigilant about taking care of your home security.

Surprising Burglary Facts

Despite what movies tell us, break-ins are more likely to occur during the daytime hours. In fact, most burglaries occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The most common areas of entry are the front door, followed by the back door and a first-floor window. Given these facts, it is doubly important that you lock your doors and windows. What do they do when inside the home? Most go to the master bedroom first. Most thieves are in search of jewelry, weapons, electronics, and cash. They’ll search through closets, under mattresses, and in dresser drawers until they find what they’re looking for. The average property loss is about $2,230 and it usually happens pretty fast. The average burglary lasts about 8-12 minutes.

Benefits of Home Security

Home security offers many benefits, besides peace of mind. Homeowner’s insurance can be reduced as much as 20 percent. Of course, home security deters criminals from your property and protects your valuables. But home security can offer less obvious benefits:

  • Allows remote viewing of your home.
  • Allows you to keep an eye on your children while away from home.
  • Can allow you to save on your electricity bill by controlling lights and other functions.
  • Protects you from fire and gas leaks.

Wrap Up

An astonishing number of homeowners are robbed every day in the United States. The likelihood of a break-in increases when homeowners do not have a security system installed on their property. Burglars are often in and out of a home quickly during daytime hours when homeowners are present. However, home security systems can prevent these crimes and offer numerous other benefits to protect homeowners and their assets.

Resources:

Will Your Home Be Broken Into This Year?

ADT Home Security

23 Alarming Burglary Statistics

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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