Home Security System Effectiveness

Home Security Alarm Systems have been proven to be very effective at not only preventing intruders from entering your home, but if they do gain entry, in reducing the amount of loss.Consider these statistics:

  • US DOJ (United States Department of Justice) crime statistics suggest that about 74% of unsuccessful burglaries were due to a home alarm frightening away an intruder.
  • According to the FBI, in 2009, an average of $2,096 in property losses per burglary was realized according to the FBI (http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/property_crime/burglary.html). Plus, seldom (about 13% according to the Crime Doctor at http://www.crimedoctor.com/home.htm) if ever, are any of the stolen goods ever recovered, let alone returned to the victims.
  • According to the Electronic Security Association website, an average loss on a home with a home alarm is $3,266, compared to $5,343 without one.
  • The Insurance Information Institute estimates an average savings of 15% to 20% on homeowner's insurance for those who have installed a home alarm system.
  • Studies by Direct Line indicate that the feelings of being violated and the emotional toll taken on home break-in victims is extremely high. (http://www.directline.com/about_us/about_us_news_200406.htm)

There are a variety of home security products, including home security cameras and home security doors that provide home safety and many other home security alarm system benefits.

Keep in mind that in a third of the completed burglaries, the burglar forced entry into the home. In the other two thirds, the burglar gained entry through an unlocked door or open window. (http://crimeinamerica.net/crime-prevention-tips-that-work-3/)

According to the Electronic Security Association, the majority of home break-ins occur during the daytime when most people are not at home because of work or school. July and August are the months when the most and February is when the least number of burglaries occur.

The typical perpetrator is a male under 25 years old. They try and take any item that can be easily sold or pawned. Cash, guns, laptop computers, jewelry, watches, DVD players, iPods and other small electronic devices are among the favorite items to be taken. (http://www.alarm.org/HomeSafety/FactsandStats.aspx)

A good home security alarm system contains the following components:

  • Motion detectors that are set up at main entry points (most burglars enter through the front, back or garage doors) in the home. When movement is detected the sensors sound a loud alarm designed to scare an intruder away.
  • Video cameras will provide constant surveillance inside and outside of your home. You can purchase cameras that also record (like a DVR) and store footage on the internet so you can view it from anywhere.
  • Central monitoring is available via a central facility by professional security firms. They will contact the appropriate emergency personnel when they spot improper activity around your home.
  • A keypad is where you control the alarm system using pass codes. You install the main one in the home. Plus, you can also obtain hand-held remotes where you can turn the system on or off from a distance. You can also set it up so that the system is phone-activated.

The best home security tips are to purchase and install a good home security alarm system from a reputable company and keep all doors and windows locked when you are not at home.

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