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Debunking The Most Common Home Security Myths

  • September 1, 2020
  • by Carlos Lopez

In 2017 there were an estimated 1.4 million burglaries in the U.S., with over 67% of all burglary offenses taking place on residential properties.

With numbers as widespread as these, it’s clear why home security is such a necessity.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of misleading myths surrounding best practices for home security that may lead residents astray when it comes to protecting their homes. Don’t let misinformation leave your home vulnerable to theft. Here are the most common home security myths debunked.

Myth 1: Dogs Are Sufficient Protection Against Home Invaders

While in some instances, the presence of a dog can deter burglars from committing a crime; it’s far from a fool-proof solution.

Not all dogs can be watchdogs. Extensive training is needed to ensure that a dog won’t get swayed by treats or other tricks from a burglar. What’s more, many dogs are not good candidates for watchdogs based on their health and age.

In the likely event that your burglar is armed, a dog can do little to prevent them from breaking in. The simple truth is that relying solely on a dog for your home security needs puts the safety of your household up to chance.

Myth 2: Home Security Systems Don’t Stop Burglars

While some believe home security systems do little to protect homes, this myth is far from the truth. According to a UNC Charlotte study, 83% of burglars looked for signs of an alarm before trying to break in, and a majority said they would not even attempt a burglary if they thought one was present. The same study found that a home security system is the most effective means of deterring burglars compared to other security measures—including having a watchdog.

Myth 3: Burglaries Only Happen at Night

This myth fails to take into account just how opportunistic criminals are. When it comes to robbery, the lower the stakes, the better. That is why over 60% of robberies take place between 6 am and 6 pm, the times when homeowners are most likely to be away at work.

Myth 4: Home Security Systems are Hard to Use

This myth might’ve been true a decade ago, but today’s home security systems are extremely user friendly with minimally invasive installation required. Additionally, some modern systems even come with a mobile application that makes monitoring your home from anywhere, accessible, and straightforward.

Myth 5: Houses in Safe Neighborhoods Don’t Need Protection

This myth is a dangerous one as it can cause homeowners to make themselves open targets. Just because something terrible hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for the worst. Homes that fail to use security systems are 300% more likely to be burglarized.

Remember: crime can strike anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

Don’t Fall Victim to Home Security Myths. Consult the Experts.

Home security is essential for peace of mind and a safer home. If you have additional questions, please contact Security Doctors for a free consultation.

We’re Chicagoland’s premier home security provider and can answer any questions you may have regarding your home’s security.


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