Do you have a security system installed in your home? Currently, it is estimated that 18 million homes in the United States have security systems to protect themselves and their families from intruders and potential burglaries. While that does sound like a large number, it translates as just 17% of American homes.
If you don’t have a home security or alarm system, were you aware that it is 300% more likely that you will experience a break-in? Recent data shows that burglars are 2.7 times more likely to target a home without a security system, and almost 66% of the burglaries that take place are in residential areas.
Although roughly 60% of home burglaries involve some level of forced entry, 30% occur when a burglar is able to enter your home through an open door or uncocked window or door. While burglaries can occur during any time of the day or night, the most common time is between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Once they’ve entered your home, burglars tend to spend approximately 8 to 12 minutes.
To prevent or reduce the incidence of break-ins, police officials recommend home monitoring systems. A recent survey showed that 85% of these professionals believe security systems can be an effective deterrent against burglaries and other types of home invasions.
Furthermore, if your neighborhood has recently experienced a series of break-ins, it’s important to take these and other measures to keep your family and home safe. If you don’t already have a Neighborhood Watch program in place, you may want to learn more about how to create one. When neighbors look out for each other, it can make a significant difference.
When you contact a local security company, you can inquire about the different types of security systems available. At that time, you can also learn more about the benefits of having a security system installed at your home.
If you’re concerned about the cost of having a system installed, you may be interested to know that insurance-provider discounts are often available. Some insurance companies may offer up to a 20% discount when you choose to have an effective security system installed.