According to recent reports by the FBI and the National Burglar and Fire Association – 90% of convicted burglars said they would avoid homes with alarm systems and if they did encounter an alarm, they would choose not to the attack that home. In fact, homes without alarm systems are 3 times more likely to be burglarized than those with an alarm system.
Audio and Video Work Together to Deter Theft
Thieves often enter through unlocked, unprotected, windows and doors . Having a security system that produces a sound alarm along with video surveillance cameras should be part of any comprehensive security package. 74% of uncompleted intrusions can be credited to an audible alarm alone. That percentage only increases with the added protection of a security camera.
Tips to Prevent Burglaries
While installing a security system is the top theft deterrents, homeowners should also be mindful of:
- Leaving doors and windows open
- Positing their whereabouts on Social Media sites
- Leaving valuables in plain site
- Hiding a key near the front door or other common location
- Leaving packages outside or letting mail and newspapers collect
Would-be thieves often look for these signs as a welcome invitation to burglarize your home.