Do Home Security Systems Actually Prevent Crime


Many people want to know how effective a home security system will be before installing it. Why? Because it is an investment of your hard earned money, and you want to get the most out of it. After all, what’s the point of having a security system if a burglar can still get in, right?

Although property crimes are declining gradually, they are still common.  According to the FBI, in 2012, over 8,000,000 property crime offenses took place. 23.4% of all property crimes fell in the category of burglaries. Depending on which city you live in, there is a chance of you being burglarized. The probability will only increase if you do not have a home security system installed. To better understand the need for such a system, ask yourself – what means the most to you? Are your family and property “dispensable”? A burglary can take away your loved one; it can make you financially bankrupt.

How Effective Are Home Security Systems?

Truth be told, the effectiveness of a security system varies from place to place, and also depends upon many other factors. No home security system can make your home 100% burglar-proof.  It may sound disappointing, but look on the bright side! Home security systems do actually help lower the risk of burglaries. Here are some interesting facts that you should know:

  • According to a study conducted by Electronic Security Association (ESA), 83% of burglars would first determine if a house is fitted with a security alarm before breaking in. And 60% of burglars would avoid homes with security systems.
  • Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (RSCJ) conducted a research to determine the link between security systems and crime reduction. The results showed an inverse relationship between home security systems and burglaries – increasing home security systems led to a substantial decrease in burglaries (2001-2005).
  • A study was conducted by the Urban Institute to determine if surveillance cameras helped lower overall crime. The findings showed that an increase in the number of surveillance cameras did reduce crime.

Limitations and What Should You Do?

Did you know that professional burglars may have the skills to deactivate your security system? It may also be possible to jam a wireless home security system with a signal jammer. Burglars have their ways to get past systems, though this is rare.

The effectiveness of a home security system will also depend upon the type of system.  Make sure you get a system that covers all areas of your home; don’t leave any entry-points unsecured. When choosing sensors, make sure to secure windows, doors, and garage.

Another point to remember is programming your security system. Don’t choose codes that are easy to guess, and always activate your security system when leaving the house. If you are usually away from home, go for monitoring services. You will feel safer knowing that your home is being monitored by professionals.

Getting a home security system should be on the top of your priority list. It may help you feel secure and also lower the risk of burglaries and break-ins.

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