Do You REALLY Need A Home Security System?

That is the question of the day for many new homeowners-do you REALLY need a home security system from a commercial home security company?

First of all let’s take a look at some statistics.

According to a Bureau of Justice press release the
median value of goods taken in a burglary “increased 54 percent from 1994 to 2011. The average dollar loss in 2011 among households that lost $1 or more was about $2,120.” And that does not count the damage done to a home during a burglary, which has been estimated to be another $2,000 or more. Of course neither one of these figures takes into account the psychological damage done to the homeowners-the feeling of violation.

So again we ask the question ‘do you think you need a home security system?’ According to the U.S. Department of Census in June 2014 the median value of homes in the United States was $331,400. Add to that another $60-$80,000 for the value of personal possessions and furnishings of the home and you have a nearly $400,000 investment that in many cases is ripe for the picking.

That in part explains why home burglary is such an attractive crime for burglars.

The fact is that most homes do not have a home security system. That may seem surprising.

If you have seen the ads for home security systems which appear in many newspapers, mailers and on TV, they give you the impression that it is an excellent value: sign up and get free this and free that. What isn’t clear on the ads is that the monthly charge can go on for a minimum of two years making it a costly venture.

There are so many things that homeowners can do preemptively to bolster up the security of their home that we humbly submit, a home security system from a commercial company is not necessary in most cases.

  • First is if homeowners would eliminate places for burglars to hide such as trees, shrubs and hedges around lower-level doors and windows burglars would avoid targeting your home. The overwhelming majority of burglaries occur during daytime and burglars need these hiding places so they won’t be observed.
  • You can get a sign that warns of a vicious guard dog and put it in your front yard. You can make one yourself or perhaps buy one at a local big-box store. Burglars hate dogs and will do anything they can to avoid them.
  • When burglars are casing a neighborhood looking for likely targets, they pick homes that do not have any security cameras on the outside. You can get inexpensive fake security cameras that work well, many of them have flashing red lights that operate 24/7.
  • Place inexpensive alarms on all your windows and doors that make an ear piercing sound of as much as 130 dB when the entry way is violated. Most of them are less than $10 each.This window/door alarm sounds a 100 db alarm for 30 seconds.
  • But the number one thing that homeowners can do is keep all their doors and windows locked-even when they’re at home. An amazing 60% of all burglaries happen through unsecured windows and doors.

So the answer to the question of whether or not you REALLY need a home security system to protect your nearly $400,000 investment is-not really! But only if you take some preemptive steps to improve the security of your home first.

To learn more about home security check out this definitive blog post on Securing Your Home.

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