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Why You Should Invest in a Security System

Written By
Bill Marusza
May 18, 2016

Did you know FBI statistics show that over two million burglaries are reported each year in the United States? That’s about one burglary every 13 seconds, 4 every minute, 240 every hour, and 6,000 every day. These figures are not meant to strike you with fear, but to add perspective. We also know how some people enjoy seeing numbers, so we have a lot of statistics taken from FBI reports and security departments that will be presented in our blog.

We will discuss, in depth, the benefits available to you when investing in a home security system. For quick reference, click the link:

  1. Deterring burglars and stopping crime in its tracks.
  2. Affordability and Cost Effectiveness
  3. Keeping your home, family, and possessions protected.
  4. Smoke, Fire, Flood, and Carbon Monoxide Detection
  5. Always have a second set of eyes.
  6. Additional Perks for Business Security

Deterring burglars and stopping crime in its tracks.

There are many things that a burglar will look out for when targeting a potential house. First will be any signs or window stickers indicating a security system is installed. The FBI reports that homes without a security system are 3 times more likely to be targeted than homes without. Only 17% of homes in the US are estimated to have a system installed. Burglaries on protected homes are averaged at about 1 in 250, a huge jump from 1 in 3. About 59% of home invasions occur during the day while residents are away at school or work. Because of this, burglars also look out for homes with a lot of cover; trees, fences, and gardens that may help to give them cover while finding an easy access into the house.

Let’s say you have already taken all of the basic security steps and locked these easy access areas; windows, doors, and garage. This can make a big difference and you are already a hundred steps ahead of a lot of other homeowners. However, most break-ins are by force, meaning a broken lock, door, or window. This is when your alarm system would kick into action. A report done by the Electronic Security Association states that 9 out of 10 burglars said that if they encountered an alarm or surveillance system in a home, they would not continue their invasion. Other studies have also shown that the appointment of a security system will make a burglar think twice about returning. There are plenty of stories you can read online of people that were victims to repeated burglaries.

The average break-in time for a burglar is less than a minute and they are off with your valuables after about eight minutes. Statistics show that burglars will return to homes if they like what they have found. After all, they already know the layout of your house and that you will be replacing those stolen items.This is an interactive page breaking down the time it takes a burglar to rob your home.

Affordability & Cost Effectiveness

Cost. This can be a concern for most potential buyers, but we want to tell you some things you may not realize when it comes to buying a security system. For starters, it can help you save between 5% and 25% on your home insurance policy. Not all insurance companies will offer you a discount, but many do, so it is important to check with your insurance provider on their benefits with home security. If you happen to live in an area with a lot of crime, some insurance companies may require you to have a certain level of security. The cost of a security system depends on a number of factors, including different features, levels of monitoring, and installation. Our packages specifically can be as low as $20/month after installation — a small price to pay if you consider that the FBI reports that the average loss for victims of burglary is around $2,300. If a break-in occurs in a home with a system installed, the Electronic Security Association reports that the loss will be about $2,000 less. Installing a system also increases the value of your home, should you decide to sell it in the future. Lastly, most security companies will offer both professionally installed and DIY systems that are wireless, giving you the option of taking your system with you if you move.

Keeping your home, family, and possessions protected.

The biggest reason we want our home protected? It’s where our loved ones are. You and your family should feel safe at home, and a security system helps to enhance that peace of mind. Some families luckily have pets, like a dog, to assist in protecting the home. Be that as it may, there’s only so much a trusted canine can do in the possibility of a burglary. If you’re not home to alert, who is protecting them? FBI crime statistics state someone was home during 60% of reported burglaries. An estimated 7% of the time the member will experience some type of violence including physical or psychological damage. Unfortunately, a burglar will target your residence even if they know that someone is home. If an intruder is expecting the house to be empty, finding someone home can cause shock and panic that can catalyze into aggressive behavior. If an intruder enters the home knowing that people are inside, there may be more malicious intentions. A security system will provide enough warning for members in the home to get to a safe place or out of the house until the alerted authorities have arrived. The FBI also reports that 8% of break-ins are committed with a gun. Other statistics show that only 13% of home invasions are solved and only 15% of stolen property is ever recovered. Having video surveillance in your home greatly increases the chance of identifying the intruder and can help account for what was taken. Most systems also provide medical assistance by offering alert pendants or emergency pulls if someone in your household is elderly, disabled, or kept home due to sickness.

Smoke, Fire, Flood, & Carbon Monoxide Detection

Potential threats to your home can be caused by many factors other than burglars. Unpredictable dangers include smoke, fire, floods, and carbon monoxide poisoning. How many horror stories have you heard about flooding due to a burst water pipe or a fire caused by an electrical failure? During the winter season a lot of people are traveling for the holidays and therefore away from their homes for extended periods of time. Cold weather is the most common cause of house floods. When temperatures drop to freezing conditions, an unheated house is susceptible to bursting water pipes. House fires tend to be even more unforgiving. A small flame can turn into a full fire within 30 seconds. Thick black smoke will fill a house in minutes. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) states that in most cases a fire can completely engulf a structure within two minutes, causing death or complete destruction of a home and everything in it. Here are the 8 most common causes of house fires and how to prevent them. Carbon monoxide is a clear poisonous gas that is undetectable by the human senses. It can be released by stoves, burning wood or charcoal, heating systems, and gas ranges. Symptoms include dull headaches, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Home security systems include devices that will detect these potential threats and alert the occupants and emergency dispatch the second the problem is detected.

Always have a second set of eyes.

What’s better than one? Two. Having a second set of eyes incorporates everything we have already talked about in this blog. Home alarm systems will alert you, the company monitoring your home system, police, and emergency dispatchers to assist you with whatever trouble you may encounter. In addition to alarms and surveillance, security companies also offer upgrades so that you can be connected to your system remotely by a cellular device from anywhere you are. Being connected with your cell phone enables you to receive real time message alerts and home status reports. In addition, you can also arm or disarm the system, monitor cameras, and turn lights, air-conditioning, or heating on and off. These perks will subsequently help to reduce energy consumption as well. Other devices include two-way intercoms with cameras that further enable you to make it seem like someone is home even when they aren’t. With great power comes great responsibility, but in this case you’re given the power and we take the responsibility. Not to mention, you have an awesome live video of your house to show off to all your friends!

Additional Perks for Business Security

Do you own your own company? There are even more advantages for business owners when installing a video security system.

  • You can cut the possibility of theft internally and externally in half.
  • It helps keep employees be productive while on the clock, saving you money in the long run.
  • We’ve shown you articles on our Facebook before on how cameras help to eliminate the liability of false workplace claims. We don’t like to think so, but there’s always someone out there looking for free money and false comp cases, and that can become very expensive.
  • Keeping a constant watch ensures the protection of your company’s conceptual property.
  • Video surveillance can also be used to study customer habits, identify any operational issues, and enable you to keep an efficient and positive work environment.

Having now explored all of the benefits, how do you feel about the advantages of a security system? At Armored Access, we are always available for any concerns or questions you may have about home and business security. Give us a call at (716) 684-8000 for free quotes on security needs or to set up your free home analysis. Or visit us on our Facebook page or website for more information on our services. Check back soon for informational blogs on security and surveillance systems. Thank you for choosing Armored Access!

Useful simple security tips to help protect your home.

  1. Make sure all the doors to your house are always locked and have a deadbolt. Check if any sliding glass doors can be secured to prevent sliding open in case the main lock is damaged or malfunctions. Good to also have a glass-break sensor in the area.
  2. Keep your indoor lights on timers when away. Install motion sensing lights on the exterior of the house that will illuminate large areas if anyone tries sneaking around outside.
  3. Do not hide a spare key outside of your house or in your garage. A burglar already knows your most clever hiding spot. Instead keep one with a trusted neighbor or family member.
  4. Make sure all of your windows are properly locked on all floors. Most windows now have jams installed on them to prevent the window from being opened all the way. Having a glass-break sensor can cover a large area for windows.
  5. If you have the ability, get a dog. Dogs have sensitive hearing and will help notify you of any suspicious activity going on outside and help to or intimidate a potential intruder. They’re also great family additions too.
  6. Getting to know your neighbors helps to create a system of people looking out for one another. The more people watching, the greater the chance of catching a burglar. Neighbors can also help with collecting your papers or mail if you are on vacation. Burglars will watch for mail to pile up or even watch if your driveway or lawn are being maintained to determine how long you’ve been gone.
  7. Get an alarm system! Signs showing you have a system installed is one of the first defenses outside of your home.
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