It’s understandable if you feel as if things like video surveillance systems are meant for businesses rather than homes — lots of people have neglected to have video surveillance systems installed on their property in the past. But as we become more aware of the frequency of crime in our own neighborhoods — and no matter how safe your area seems to be, crime occurs everywhere — the desire for home security system installations is on the rise. A video surveillance system isn’t just for commercial businesses; it’s perhaps even more important for private homes to have systems like these, because many burglars are far more likely to target homes versus businesses. The advantages of installing security systems on residential properties are numerous. For one thing, should a burglary take place, having the burglar or burglars on camera can make it easier for police to track down the criminals and quite possibly recover stolen belongings. For another, there is plenty of evidence to support the theory that video surveillance systems act as deterrents for criminals, ensuring that burglaries don’t happen in the first place. Below, we’ll look into what kinds of crimes video surveillance systems help prevent, and why you may want to take the step to make your home safer.
Home Burglaries: What To Expect
Of course, burglaries are impossible to perfectly predict. We do know that some areas are more likely to suffer frequent burglaries than others — but even if you’re in a place that is largely considered “safe” you could fall prey to a burglar. Professional burglars are often able to case a home without being noticed — and it should be noted that many burglars are considered professional criminals, and are certainly not acting for the first time. We do know that most burglaries tend to take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., which indicates that burglars are looking to act at times when you are most likely to be at work. Most burglars are not necessarily violent criminals — they don’t want to hurt people physically, they want to steal. As such, if a burglar has reason to think you might be at home, they will be less likely to act. At the same time, remarkably, 34% of burglars enter through the front door — indicating that most are reasonably confident about what they’re doing. Meanwhile, about 30% of burglars enter homes through unlocked doors or windows in general. It’s important to remember that locking your doors and windows usually isn’t enough, simply because these burglars know what they’re doing.
Home Security Systems: What Do They Change?
So — how much of a difference does a video surveillance system really make? Well, as a matter of fact, it’s estimated that homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be burglarized. Furthermore, 85% of police officials believed that home security systems helped deter criminals. Most of the time, professional criminals are able to detect the presence of home security systems — but this doesn’t mean that they can disable them. A lot of criminals would rather not go to the trouble of disabling security systems, and for that matter many simply can’t. They also can’t be sure that by disabling the system they say, they’re disabling the entirety of you alarms or surveillance equipment. Most criminals want an easy, “safe” job, and they aren’t going to bother with a home that has video and alarm equipment present. Many burglars notice this equipment during the casing process, and will remove your home as a target before they begin their “work”.
The Pluses: The Added Benefits Of Installing Security Systems
Of course, there are further benefits to installing home security systems. After all, some insurance providers offer discounts of up to 20% to those who have home security systems installed. For that matter, you’re simply able to sleep better when you have a home security system in place, with many people reporting that they feel better after taking this extra precaution.