Step 2: An Effective Home Security System?
That’s a Great question. Although there are several things to consider before you just up and buy a security system, you have to ask yourself, do I really need a home security system? There are some basic visuals and thoughts that pop into mind when thinking of what these systems do, such as:
1.) Sound an alarm when someone breaks into your home, and
2.) Contacts police to come catch the bad guy.
Is it ever really that simple? Not really… To understand if you need a home security system we must dig deeper, find out what they are designed to do. We would not need one if there were no crime right? And crime occurs when there is opportunity and desire.
In other words, someone (bad guy) has to realize that you are vulnerable (opportunity) to being broken into, and want to come and take (desire) what is yours. Make sense? without those two elements, crime doesn’t happen and therefore, no need for protection.
To sum it up, home security systems are an added insurance to aid you if there’s an opportunity and desire for YOU to become a victim. Plain and simple. But protection has evolved with technology–just as criminals have.
Security systems can do more than deter burglars. The right system can keep you linked to your home remotely, no matter where you are. It will also let you know when doors are opened and closed and if attempts are made to access sensitive areas like guns, money safes, jewelry and liquor cabinets.
There are other, hidden benefits that you may be able to take advantage of, such as discounts on homeowners or renters insurance.
So Let’s dig in…
First of all, A home security system is an investment in you and your family’s safety. How do you put a price tag on you and your family’s safety? Well you need to determine as with any investment what the return is going to be.
It’s not that simple is it? “Peace of Mind” because you may never really need this insurance investment. But then again, you may. It’s a gamble.
The cost of the security system versus the amount of money, jewelry, property damage, loss of life?lost due to the crime, or both? Only you can answer that question. So we can safely call a security system an investment, and an insurance policy for the safety of you and your loved ones.
If you have ever been the victim of a burglary, home invasion, or confronted by someone with the potential of taking something from you where you feel you will “lose your life” or the life of your loved one(s), there is little doubt that a home security system is worth it.
Yet, if you do not know of anyone or you have not been a victim of crimes of this nature you may have a difficult time justifying the cost of such an incident–As many do.
⦁ 73% of burglars said that they would still rob a house if it had an alarm. Now, let’s face it. That’s really bold and not very comforting. When we think of burglars we often think they are sneaking around stealing our things without being seen or caught.
⦁ A home without a security system is 2 to 3 times more likely to be burglarized. Meaning there is still on average 27% of the burglars not willing to burglarize you if you have an alarm x2 or x3.
⦁ 85% of police officials surveyed believe home monitored alarms help deter burglary attempts. That enables me to have confidence from an authority who deal with these crimes regularly.
⦁ The average dollar loss per burglary offense in 2008 was $2,079. Ask yourself, am I willing to spend $250 now to save an average of $2,079 and possibly myself and/or loved ones?
⦁ 60% of attempted burglaries on homes that have a home security alarm system are unsuccessful. I would believe that most would be scared off when hearing an alarm and the potential for getting caught.
⦁ The average amount of time it takes a burglar to gain entrance to a home: 57 seconds. That’s pretty quick and sudden. If you are home during this, what could happen to you in 57 seconds?
⦁ 67% of all burglars gain entrance somewhere other than the front door. Burglars are not necessarily dumb like we may think. Some are very resourceful and strategic. Are you willing to bet on your family’s life that your burglar is not smart?
⦁ 54% of home security system owners are unsure of how to operate their system. Big reality. Goes back to having a plan, a security system, and for goodness’ sake get to know your system.
⦁ Daytime burglaries have jumped 47% in the United States. So your home is mostly unprotected while you are working, yet 53% of the burglars know your home when they break in? Again, very bold and scary to me.
⦁ 88% of all burglaries are residential in nature. Burglars target residential homes just like yours and mine. Please don’t say: well it won’t happen to me… It does!
⦁ Recent FBI studies have shown that security systems make your home 15 times less likely to be victimized. Again, there’s the insurance, credibility from pretty high authorities with all the information.
⦁ 86% of burglaries occur when people are at home. What can I say about this….bold, dangerous and scary. How can I justify injury or death to my family to not spend $250.
⦁ 15% of American households have a home security system. Amazing statistic. I believe this means that American’s need to be aware and educated which is why I built this site to begin with.
⦁ You can save up to 20% on your homeowners insurance policy with the addition of an alarm system. Yes, there are some monetary benefits to your insurance policy for this expenditure.
We mostly regard our homes as our “safe-haven.” Nothing can happen to us when we are in our home. Yet, look above, there is plenty of fact based statistics that include very high authorities stating there is a big problem with crime.
If I didn’t know better, with crime so high, and criminals so willing, while only 15% of America has a home security system, we the people are either “Unknowing” or “Unwilling.” I am optimistic so I believe “Unknowing.” So, we need to be better informed and stop thinking we are invincible.
Now, ask yourself…..
Do I really need a Home Security System?
Here are some pros and cons of having a Home Security System… Can you think of anymore?
Pros Of Home Security Systems
⦁ Police are immediately dispatched as someone breaks into your home. You’ll get a phone call when the alarm system is set off. If you don’t answer the phone, provide a security code, and tell them you’re okay, they will immediately send someone out to your home.
⦁ The alarm itself often frightens away most burglars. When my subdivision was new, we had a rash of burglaries. My alarm was set off several times when I was not at home, and the back door was found broken into but nothing was ever missing. We believe the deafening alarm scared them away.
⦁ You’re alerted whenever anyone enters and exits the home and/or steps onto your property. Great feature to have for knowing who is coming and going. But when all is supposed to be quiet at night, you will be alerted to all activity that needs your attention.
Cons Of Home Security Systems
⦁ You can get a false sense of security, since some burglars will still enter the home with an alarm on. Not all burglars will be scared away. There are professional criminals who know how to get in, grab what they want, and get out before the police ever arrive.
⦁ You have to remember to set the alarm in order for it to work. This goes back to education and awareness. Know how your alarm works–your paying for it. Pay attention right?
⦁ Your local police department may charge you for “false alarms.” Any time they come out to your home to find no burglar there and no obvious signs of forced entry, it may be considered a false alarm. So basically, you could be fined even if your security alarm was successful in scaring the intruder away!
By now, you should have a pretty good idea of whether you need a homes security system. Now you better understand that these systems help prevent and eliminate the majority of bad guys’ opportunity and desire to break-in, steal, vandalize and invade your home and family.
A good home security system combined with a family Safety Action Plan (SAP) will allow you the “peace of mind” you are looking for in your own home. If you do not have those two ingredients and you’re feeling like this isn’t important….you have a false sense of security. The “It won’t happen to me” thinking is putting you, your family and your valuables in the “HIGHEST-RISK” category.
How much will I Spend on a Home Security System?
When evaluating the initial investment required to add a security system to your home, the average cost can range from $250 to more than $1,000 depending on the system, equipment and installation that you choose.
The good news is that those are one-time costs, and in most cases you will own the equipment. Once your system is installed and operational, there can be monthly fees to consider.
You have a lot of control over your monthly security system cost, as packages vary significantly depending on the services, features and levels of monitoring you select. There are basic plans available from reputable companies for as little as $0-$20 per month.
I personally love the Doorbell Video Home Security System by Ring. You’ll get live video remotely streamed to your phone with audio and additional video monitoring cameras with security lights and everything you need.
If someone rings your doorbell you are alerted and can talk to them from anywhere in the world and see what they are doing remotely from your cell phone. It even notifies’s you if someone steps onto you property.
There are many choices and what you choose is likely to be because someone that you trust that refers you to what they have.
Depending on your needs and budget, there are more advanced packages that include things like live, round-the-clock monitoring or regular security patrols that can cost several hundred dollars or more per month. There is a system for EVERYBODY.
Let’s Wrap it Up:
I believe that by now, you already know that you need a plan and a home security system. Now what are you going to do? My advice is to seek out more information as there are so many varied systems. I have a few ideas of my own if you want my thoughts.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article as it really is my intention to Educate and Motivate you to pursue “peace of mind,” by keeping your loved one’s safe and informed.
Please feel free to leave any comments or ideas in the comments section and if you’d like to leave your email we can address matters one on one. Thanks for reading and tell a friend…