Home security isn’t a topic you would necessarily discuss over dinner with the family or coffee with a friend. However, maybe it is time to start some conversations about it. There are a lot of misconceptions about home security. Take a look at these and see how many you have fallen for – then get the facts and get empowered.
It won’t happen to me
This is probably one of the most common myths of home security. People will say, “Oh, I have a safe neighborhood,” or “No one would want my stuff.” Well, many, many people who have believed these things have found themselves victims of burglary, and when you consider that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds, it is easy to see that you could indeed become a victim. I can happen to you – it can happen to anyone.
This was a one-time deal.
Your home was broken into and you think they won’t come back. Not so fast. Many burglars will return to homes they have already broken in to. After all, they already know the layout and where the good stuff is.
A burglar won’t be able to find the spare key I hid.
You better think again. Most burglars are expert criminals and they know all of the hiding places. Unfortunately, chances are excellent that you are not as unique and clever key hider as you think you are.
No one will break in if I am at home.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, more than 28 percent of break ins occurred while someone was in the house. What usually follows this statement is, “I don’t need to set my alarm when I am home.” Not so! You should set your alarm whether you are at home or away.
No burglar would want my stuff.
You might be wrong. Do you have a smartphone? You just made yourself a target for a break in. Do you also own a laptop? Gaming system? An iPod? Well you just increased your chances. Electronics and prescription medications are huge draws for burglars.
If someone breaks in the cops will recover my stuff.
Well, they will if you are among the measly 13% of burglaries that get solved. Your chances are far better that you can say goodbye to your stuff for good.
Home security systems cost too much to install, monitor, and maintain.
They don’t cost as much as you might think. When you consider the cost of loss should you experience a break in, the cost is likely minimal by comparison. If you can’t wrap your mind around that, the average cost of loss of a break in is more than $2,000. Most systems cost far less than that. What’s more, if you own your own home, many insurance policies offer discount to homeowners who secure their homes with an alarm system.
If a burglar really wants to break in, a security system won’t help me.
Maybe, but consider this: several studies show that a burglar will try to determine if a home is armed with a security system prior to attempting to break in. Additionally, the majority of burglars who have been convicted admit that if they encountered a home with a security system they would avoid it. If that isn’t enough, most also admit that if the alarm went off they would flee immediately.
What’s more, many systems are quite secure should a burglar attempt to disable it. If this is a concern for you, discuss it with your home security specialist to learn what your options are. You may opt for a wireless system with accessories like keychain remotes and wireless keypads.
Were any of these home security myths debunked for you today? Do you have any other beliefs that you think may be myths? Share in the comments below!