What do statistics tell us about the effectiveness of security systems? The people of St. Louis take their security very seriously, and many have been directly impacted by a crime or know someone that’s been impacted by crime. This however holds true in most large U.S. cities. Customers often ask: Do security systems really work? Do alarm systems deter criminals? Do they help catch criminals? Do monitored fire alarms prevent fires?
Nothing in life is guaranteed. We can’t promise you that a fire won’t consume your home or that a burglar won’t be able to break in. However, statistics tell us some pretty amazing facts about the effectiveness of security system. If you go strictly by the numbers, security systems work to deter for burglaries and minimize fire losses.
Why Security Systems Deter Criminals
There are many statistics and studies that prove security systems are an effective deterrent against burglars. While some more professional level burglars know how to disable an alarm systems, most will simply look for an easier target. The vast majority of burglars are by no means professionals. In fact, many are simply looking for a quick score that will help fund a drug habit, which is why you are statistically much less likely to be robbed if you have an alarm system.
Do Security Systems Help Catch Criminals?
The two primary goals 0f a security system are to prevent a crime from ever taking place and sound the alert if one does happen. If a burglar manages to make it past a security system, there’s not much this technology can do to catch that criminal. There’s a slim chance law enforcement will catch the burglar in action or recover the stolen goods later. While not likely, it does happen. Video helps, but the statistics of getting your stolen items back are still very low, even with video. If an alarm system is triggered and sirens go off, the burglar is likely to flee the scene before the arrival of St. Louis police, whose response time averages around six minutes. We’re not sure how you feel about it, but we’d much rather a burglar flee the scene than stick around.
Do monitored fire alarms prevent fires?
Alarms don’t prevent fires, but they do alert occupants and emergency responders to the potential danger of fire. If a fire breaks out and no one’s home or no one wakes from the alarm, it could be a long time before help arrives and help may arrive too late. The faster firemen arrive on the scene, the better chance they will have of saving everyone inside and putting out the fire before it destroys the home or at least before it spreads to other homes. Monitored alarms help reduce response times and ensure dispatch is notified of the danger before it’s too late.
We personally know families who have been saved by a monitored fire alarm systems, as well as monitored Carbon Monoxide systems. There are countless other times our alarm systems were the first to detect a potential hazard. Fires spread quickly. The better your smoke detectors are and the sooner the fire department is notified, the more likely it is that everyone will escape alive, especially older adult occupants.
Why Monitored Fire Alarms Are So Important:
Enjoying a Little “Peace of Mind”
Numbers don’t always tell the whole story. One of the single greatest benefits of installing a security system is simply the peace of mind that comes along with this added protection.
Knowing your home has one extra layer of defense from burglary, and knowing your home has the ability to call for a firetruck, even when you aren’t there, are just a few of the benefits you’ll come to appreciate once you’ve installed a residential security system. Couple this with the ability to check in on your home through live video feeds, and you’ll be feeling a greater sense of safety in your home than ever before.
Let a Butler Durrell Security System Work for You
If you’re wondering if security systems really work, the definitive answer is yes, depending on your definition. While safety can’t be guarantee, we feel confident in telling you that your home and family will be safer with a monitored security system. Contact us for information about installing a residential security system or for a free quote.