According to information published by Rutgers University (following a five-year research study into the effectiveness of home security systems, the first of its kind), the overwhelming majority of people with home security systems were able to dramatically reduce instances of criminal activity and were also able to lessen the blow of home invasions as well.
According to this research, the mere presence of a home security system dropped the chances of a home being broken into by almost 40%, but it also protected the homes of neighbors as well. A lot of this was attributed to effective signage that showed criminals that the home wasn’t going to be quite as soft a target as they may have thought it to be.
Community and neighborhood factors also played a role in the effectiveness of home security systems, with neighborhoods that are closely clustered together and a bit denser proving themselves to be safer than those that were a little bit more spaced out. It might not always be fun living right next door to someone, but it adds an extra layer of safety that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.
A security audit will show you how safe your home security system really is
The Rutgers University research also showed that it is of the utmost importance for homeowners to have a security audit performed every five or six years to make sure that their home remains just as well protected as they have been led to believe it to be.
This audit usually involves a test of all the different security features in a home, simulating a home invasion. It’s important to contact your security service ahead of time to let them know that you are going through the audit so that they don’t contact the authorities, though you might be interested in gauging response time as well.
It’s important to make sure that you record all of the information you pull from your security audit so that you’ll be able to compare results every time you run this kind of test. It’s the only way to know whether or not you are as safe as you hoped to be.
Tips and tricks to improve the overall effectiveness of your home security setup
Lastly, you’ll want to make some simple upgrades that will improve the overall effectiveness of your home security setup.
We’re talking about things like:
- Adding motion lights around the entire perimeter of your home
- Tying those motion lights into sound systems that trigger warnings if a perimeter has been breached
- Adding Garage Door Armor to your garage to protect it from invasions
- Planting defensive vegetation under windows to keep yourself safe
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
We live in a very uncertain world, and with more than 2 million people reporting home break-ins every year, it’s important that we do everything we can to make sure that our family and our loved ones are taken care of and protected.Take advantage of these tips and tricks so that you won’t ever have to worry about the indignity of having your own home invaded.