The Reality Of Home Security

Security experts estimate that more than 1.9 million home burglaries occur each year in the United States. This averages to more than 5,900 burglaries a day. These statistics include people who are renters as well as homeowners. Both want a way to have their loved ones as well as possessions and more protected. A home security system is a proven effective deterrent to home burglaries. Despite statistics, less than 15 percent of residents in the United States have a home alarm system. Crime rates are increasing. The importance of investing in a home security system is growing daily. Many people do not currently have a home alarm system because they are unsure of its real effectiveness, its cost, and how it would be installed. What follows are some FAQ’s about home security.

Guns vs. Alarm System

Burglars want to avoid being on the business end of a gun. It has been estimated that over 73 percent of them make every effort to avoid a house where someone is home. Having a gun makes a home more dangerous for the homeowner. According to research, an unintentional shooting is more than three times as common as using a gun for home defense. An accidental shooting is much more likely than shooting an intruder. In the event of an actual robbery the best thing to do is to call the police and let the officers handle it. In a stressful situation the last thing you want to do is make sudden moves, escalate the situation with violence, or fire a gun in a closed off dark space where you may injure one of your family members. Fighting for your survival should only be seen as a last resort. On the other hand a alarm system will scare off any intruders, alert the police, and prevent you from having to actually confront any criminals who may be trying to enter your house. 

Common Burglar Entry Points

Most people are surprised to find out that the most common entry point in a home during a burglary is the front door. This is because they know where to look for the hidden spare keys. Others may force their way in or remove the door from its hinges. Over 39 percent of burglaries involve forced entry. More than 31 percent go through an unlocked door. Windows are a fragile point of entry for a burglar. Most homeowners believe the sound of breaking glass is a deterrent. The reality is that breaking glass seldom catches the attention of neighbors. Many times windows are left unlatched. In many cases, a tree or other plant will provide a burglar with a direct path into a person’s home. While most people may be diligent about locking their downstairs windows, most forget to do it with upstairs windows. An outdoor table or tall tree will be all a burglar needs to gain entry into a home. It’s important to remember it only takes one unlocked door or window. A burglar will try every possible door to a house. This includes garage doors, side doors and more. Even if an entry is not used often, it needs to be locked. To truly make sure your house is a safe as possible a alarm system must cover all possible points of entry. The last thing you want is to have false confidence in a alarmed door when a burglar could simply just use a unsecured, unlocked window, on the second story. 

Home Security

Security Locks

Deadbolt locks are known for providing the most security for residential doors. These locks got their name because they don’t have any springs. Locksets and handlesets are best used with a deadbolt. They can come with two doorknobs. They are able to be locked from the outside and inside. Keyless locks are a form of advanced home security. They can be utilized to replace a standard deadbolt. It comes with a rolling code feature, so a code does not have to be used twice. There are some models of keyless locks made to be compatible with a garage door opener. A mortise lock is a rectangular and flat box form. It fits inside a door. It has knobs, keyholes, and two faceplates. It can be operated from either side of the door. 

Security Cameras

One of the most common types of home security is video surveillance. Many choose a box camera. These security cameras are cost effective and are able to be used in most types of security situations. It’s possible to use a number of different interchangeable lenses. This will enable a person to optimize viewing. Bullet cameras look like box cameras, but they come in a number of different sizes. Some are large, and others are very compact. They come with a number of different zoom lenses and focal length. Dome cameras are easy to mount and can be placed in a number of different locations. A pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera is able to swivel down or up as well as side to side. It provides users with a 360-degree view with a single camera. Most PTZ cameras are able to be controlled remotely. Often even seeing a security camera will deter a criminal from robbing a house. With the knowledge that what he does is recorded, the home owners are prepared, and there is probably more security that he will encounter upon attempted entry he will often give up before trying anything. In this way it is important to remember that any security system you install is actually a preventative measure. This is why you oftentimes see signs or stickers advertising the system in place. A robber is always looking for an easy target – and it is your job to make yourself appear as difficult as possible.

Tech Can Beat Some Security Systems

A study conducted by Wakefield Research showed that more than 60 percent of people are concerned their security cameras will be hacked. Researchers have discovered that most security systems have similar problems. Wireless systems depend on radio frequency signals. These are sent to and from sensors in the windows and doors of a home. Researchers determined most security systems don’t authenticate or encrypt their frequency signals. This means a tech-savvy burglar could intercept the frequency and decipher its commands. They can then play it back to the control panels in a home and easily gain access. There are now security systems that come with anti-jamming countermeasures. When jamming is detected, an alarm is automatically issued. 

Police Response Times To Security System Alerts

In the United States, the average time for police to respond to a security alarm is approximately seven minutes. Police will respond faster when a homeowner makes a direct call to 9-1-1 as a burglary is in progress. Response to a security system having a motion detector activated is considered a low priority to police. It’s important for people to realize if their security system is not monitored, and an emergency situation occurs, they are solely responsible for notifying police. Having a monitored security system means that if a alarm is triggered a third professional party will INSTANTLY call the police and give them the exact details on the situation. With this professional monitoring at work you can be assured that the police will come quickly and work effectively to keep your family safe. 

Home Security Systems

There are a number of reasons a person may be interested in installing a security alarm system. The primary reason is for burglar alarm monitoring. Many studies have shown that burglars avoid a home that has a visible alarm system. These systems often come with 24×7 monitoring. Some of them can come with very dependable alerting features should a fire be detected in a home. They could be set to provide an alarm with dense smoke. They can also be used in conjunction with other fire alarms in a home. Some alarm systems help elderly or disabled individuals stay in their home. They provided a wireless device that can be worn. A button that can be pressed should an emergency situation occur. Some also come with sensors that can be installed in the basement of a home. They will give an alarm if flooding is detected. It’s also possible to have a system that will also give an alarm if it detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. These systems can be set up, so they alert the home’s residents as well emergency first responders. At the end of the day the gold standard for keeping you, your loved ones, and your belongings are safe is a complete home security system with third party monitoring. In this way you can have the peace of mind knowing that break ins, fires, and sever weather will all be reported instantly and you can just focus on keeping yourself out of danger.