We all want to believe that our neighborhood is safe and that we’d never be the victim of a break-in. The sad and frightening fact is that over two million home burglaries are reported every year in the United States. Of those, only about 13% are prosecuted due to lack of evidence and witnesses. That’s pretty startling.
Burglars Take More Than Stuff
When a burglary happens, the perpetrator takes far more than your belongings. They violate your privacy, cross personal boundaries, and rob your sense of security and safety. All of these things take a huge emotional toll that can last a lifetime. And the effects of burglary do not stop with the immediate victims. When one home is burglarized, there is an increased chance of another home or homes in the neighborhood being burglarized. It also encourages a rise in other crimes in the neighborhood.
Home Security Matters
The good news about burglary is that there are things you can do to dramatically reduce your chances of being burglarized—and the benefits can extend into your neighborhood. Here are just a few of the many ways you can improve your safety and security using home security and home automation.
- Make it obvious that you are serious about security. Nearly 60% of burglars say they will avoid a home that has security systems in place.
- Use home automation to simulate presence in the home. Most burglars will avoid a home that is occupied.
- Install home security cameras both inside and out. Use remote viewing to check on the property.
- Use glass break and motion sensors on windows.
- Use motion sensors throughout the home.
- Install smart locks on your door instead of traditional lock and key.
- Use codes to let in service providers instead of providing or hiding keys.
- Get a smart garage door.
- Install a video doorbell and use it to answer the door when you are not home so you do not disclose your absence.
- Check video doorbell footage when activity trips the motion sensor. Take a snapshot or video clip of all suspicious activity.
- Use motion sensor lighting around the perimeter of the property.
- Use home automation to provide alerts if doors are left unlocked, and either lock them remotely or have them lock automatically if you leave the area.
Having a home security system and using home automation can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized. It can also reduce the chances of y00ur neighbors being burglarized as well. When a neighborhood has a number of homes with home security systems, burglars tend to avoid those neighborhoods because of a greatly increased chance of being caught on tape.
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