As of September 2020, approximately 66% of burglaries took place in residential areas. And over half of those burglaries took place during daylight when people were gone the most (though it’s still unclear how this may have changed after the pandemic-induced work-from-home shift).
Even though the number has decreased from previous years, the data shows the risk to Americans’ homes and personal property is all too real. But what can homeowners do to protect themselves, and their homes, from an invasion? That’s where home security systems come in.
Out of 127.59 million households in the United States, only 36 million have installed home security systems. That’s less than 30% of households who have taken the extra precaution to ensure their family’s safety. Installing a security system can help reduce the number of home invasions. After installing a home security system, homeowners and renters are given a bigger sense of security knowing there are eyes on their homes at all times. Home security systems are so effective that 60% of incarcerated burglars who were interviewed stated that they would “seek out an alternative target if an alarm were detected.”
Whether you already have a security system installed or are deciding whether or not they’re for you, understanding how to get the most of your system is a must. Let’s take a closer look at the best practices to consider when utilizing a home security system.