According to FBI crime reports, there are over 2 million home burglaries occurring in the United States each year. This means someone’s home, personal privacy, and peace of mind are violated every 13 seconds. This averages about 4 burglaries a minute, 240 every hour, and nearly 6,000 each day.
However, these scary crime statistics still might not be convincing enough for some to go through the trouble and added expenses of installing a home security system.
Why Should I Get Home Security?
If you think you still don’t need a home security system, here are 7 good reasons why this could be one of the best home investments you could make towards your family’s safety, your home, and your belongings.
1. Home Security Systems Actually Deter Burglars
According to one UNC Charlotte study, about 60% of convicted burglars interviewed “indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether”. When this group was asked, “How often do you attempt to disarm a security alarm during a burglary attempt?”, over 80% said they would “never attempt”.
2. Security Systems Protect Your Home and Valuables
Burglars are after your valuables. According to the aforementioned UNC study, burglars are looking for valuables and quickly disposable items such as:
- Cash – 79%
- Drugs (illegal/prescription) – 58%/44%
- Electronics – 56%
The FBI reported a whopping $4.6 billion worth of goods are stolen from homes and businesses each year. This really stacks the odds against a quick recovery of your stolen property. Most burglars, around 65%, work hard to dispose of their stolen items immediately. They sell them to strangers, pawnshops or second-hand dealers. Some will even go as far as selling online to trade your goods for drug money. Never underestimate people’s needs.
3. You Get 24 Hour Live Home Monitoring
Having an alert security employee takes 24 hours a day is ideal. While it’s still not exactly a house sitting service, having someone monitor your home 24 hours a day for any intrusion or smoke and carbon monoxide leaks are one of the biggest advantages of a home security system package.
4. Security Systems Detect Fire And Dangerous Carbon Monoxide
In addition to protecting your belongings, security systems can protect your life as well as your entire home. This includes fire and carbon monoxide protection in your anti-burglary home security package. Stand-alone systems may work to warn you, but having these features included in a home security package provides early warning to those monitoring your system. It enables them a head start when calling for help which could be the difference between a life and death situation or saving your home.
5. Security Systems Can Summon Medical Help
Do you have an elderly parent who is still living independently? Including a medical alert service in your home security package could be a decision which alters a life-or-death situation. Specifically, fall-related injuries among the elderly are one of the most common causes of death.
6. Home Security Saves Money On Insurance
You cannot get a home loan without buying homeowner’s insurance. Would you like to decrease your homeowner’s insurance costs by hundreds of dollars per year? Install a home security system and your insurer will give you anywhere between 10 – 20% discount. This insurance saving can be used towards your home security and monitoring fees.
7. A Home Security System Offers Peace Of Mind
How much is it worth to you, knowing that when you are away from your home during the day (or out of town) that you are completely protected against burglaries or any other catastrophe which may befall your home?
Knowing that your family is protected from intrusion or that your elderly parents can press a button on a pendant and call for help after a fall are just part of the benefits and peace of mind a home security plan can offer you.
The bottom line is…
Those who cling to the philosophy that “it won’t happen to me,” should consider speaking to someone who has had their business or home burglarized.
Peace of mind can quickly deteriorate into paranoia and a host of psychological problems for anyone who has been victimized before. Experiencing a burglary or home invasion is a serious threat to a victim’s mental health, so opting for a reliable home security system could be the only way to finally get peace of mind.