Do Home Security Systems Really Dissuade Criminals?


Many people are hesitant to invest their money in a home security alarm or any type of home security system because they fear two things: that they are unaffordable, and that they are not really effective in dissuading criminals. Are either of these true? No. Here are some insights into why a home security system is an affordable and reliable investment that will keep you, your family, and property safe.

Plans are affordable… and therefore worth it

One scary fact about home invasion and burglary is that, contrary to popular opinion, working class homes are far more likely to be burglarized than middle class or rich homes. The biggest reason is because they believe that there are no affordable options and that their house and belongings aren’t attractive to criminals. The reality is that a house without security is attractive to criminals, as is the tendency for workers to have cash in the house. Every thief isn’t looking for expensive jewelry to steal. Some just want something they can trade in or use to support a drug habit or to get themselves a little food.

Home security plans start at as little as $5 a month, and you can go as simple as only purchasing an alarm with monitoring services. Chances are you spend that much or more on a cup of coffee, or some other minor expense. It’s a reasonable investment.

They’re worth it even when you have a big budget

If the monetary value isn’t the biggest hurdle to cross and your main concern is if the systems work, regardless of cost, the answer is always yes. A more advanced system at a higher price will be more effective due to its multiple device components and service integrations.

It is statistically proven to dissuade criminals

There are a few key statistics that prove home security systems dissuade criminals from breaking into your home.

  • There are 127.59 million households in the United States. Of those, only 36 million have home security systems.
  • That means less than 30% of Americans are protected by home security services.
  • Between 1.5 and 3 million burglaries happen in the United States Every Year.
  • Homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be broken into.
  • 83% of would-be burglars check for the presence of an alarm before attempting to enter a home.
  • External cameras (32.3%), motion sensors (28.6%), and flood lights (24.5%) were shown to be the most effective deterrents against home invasion.

The bottom line is that an investment in a home security system is an investment in the financial, physical, and emotional welfare of yourself and your family. It is also an investment in the protection of your property and possessions from those who would take them from you. While doubt is understandable in a world with products of varying quality and price, value is an art more than a science. The statistics are straight-forward and prove that a security system dissuades criminals from choosing your home to invade.


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