It used to be that a good security system consisted of a faithful dog and a shotgun. Today, you likely need something a little more sophisticated (and less lethal!). Have you considered a home security system? Maybe you think it is simply too expensive. Some very common misconceptions keep people from investing in home security systems. Let’s debunk a few myths.
Myth #1: I Won’t Get Robbed or Burglarized
The economy is crushing some people, causing them to turn to criminal activity — such as stealing — to meet their needs. Poverty breeds crime and the faltering economy is making many people poor. Consider these statistics from Alarm.org:
- Property crime makes up more than three-quarters of all crime in the United States of America.
- In 2008, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries—an increase of 2 percent when compared with 2007 data.
- Burglary accounted for 22 percent of the estimated number of property crimes committed in 2008.
- Of all burglaries, 61 percent involved forcible entry, 32 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder (6 percent) were forcible entry attempts.
- Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property in 2008; overall, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,079.
Myth #2: Home Security Costs Too Much
A home security system may not be out of reach. According to HomeSecurity.org:
- Purchased security systems start at $400-500 for a 1200 sq. ft. home
- Leased security systems can range from $0-99 starting costs with a monitoring package
- Monitoring subscriptions range from month-to-month, generally up to 36 months
Myth #3: I Will Have to Pay for Monitoring
If you are smart with computers and technology, you will be able to set up your own home monitoring system. Instead of a paid company monitoring your home, which is a monthly cost, you can set your system up to alert you — by text, phone, etc. — when something is amiss. Set up video cameras to monitor your house, garage, and yard, streaming live to a secure connection that you can access remotely.
Of course, there are things that you can do by yourself (without a home security system) to help secure your property. See a complete home security checklist.
Are all exterior doors solid core hardwood or metal covered?
Are the exterior doors hinged so the pin connecting the two hinge pieces is on the inside?
Do all windows have adequate primary and secondary locking mechanisms in good working order?