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Is your home a prime target for burglars?

By Neil 1 years ago 2475 Views 2 comments

Each year, one of every 36 homes in the U.S. is burglarized, according to the FBI, and if you don’t have a home security system installed, your chances of being robbed increase by 300 percent.

Many people shy away from installing a home security system because of concerns about cost, but consider this: The average loss in a home break-in is $2,230, while the cost of a surveillance system averages just $1,100.

So consider installing a system that serves as a deterrent to would-be thieves who will look for obvious signs that a home is protected, such as easily spotted cameras or security warning signs in the front yard. Thieves are aware that protected homes increase the odds that they’ll be caught and will seek easier targets as a result.

When choosing a system, here are some features to consider.

Motion-activated lights and night-vision cameras. Motion-activated lights make the thief believe someone is home and awake, and night-vision cameras help secure dark areas of your property.

A high-decibel siren. A siren with 120 decibels causes pain to the thief and will bring neighbors to their windows.

Security signs and stickers. One of the biggest advantages of a home security system is the deterrence factor. You don’t want to hide the fact your property is protected, so make sure your system comes with signs or stickers you can prominently display to deter thieves.

Installing a home security system can bring you peace of mind, helping to ensure that your home is not one of the 2.5 million that will be burglarized this year.

- Neil

Neil Riveron is the Global Product Manager for Mace Security International.


Leonard 1 years ago at 10:55 PM
What do you suggest is a good security system/methodology for a condo?
Neil 1 years ago at 1:55 PM
Hello Leonard, and thanks for your question. The best method to determine where and what kind of security system you go with starts with careful observation of your home. Where would a thief be most likely to enter? Windows and sliding glass doors should be a top priority as they are usually a lot easier to compromise. Use magnetic sensors and a wireless home alarm to detect when the doors and windows are opened and/or install a surveillance camera system to keep an eye on the vulnerable areas for an added layer of security. You want to put yourself in the shoes of the other person and sometimes the easiest thing to do is “prowl” your own property to find where are the best places to break in are and then secure them. Consider your budget and if you want to just “scare” them with an alarm siren (which is commonly found in a wireless alarm system) or if you want to be able to have video verification of the person install a camera system (You can always do both). The camera system should be installed in a discrete location like the bedroom or a closet while an alarm panel can be placed in the kitchen or by the front door. I hope this helps you make your decision and if you have any more questions send an email to [email protected] .

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