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Five Home Security Urban Legends… and the Truths behind Them

on Jan 11, 2018

Home security is an exciting topic. You'll typically hear plenty of anecdotes about burglaries, as well as lots of myths and misconceptions.

Here are a few of the home security myths we've encountered, and some surprising truths relating to them. We hope you'll use this knowledge to better protect yourself and your family. 

Urban Legend 1: Burglaries happen at night  

We all know the stereotype of the night-time burglar, clad in black, hoisting himself up through an open window and rifling through your belongings while you slumber unaware.

But burglars don't just want to avoid being seen, they want to avoid crossing paths with the homeowner. That's why most residential burglaries happen during the daytime when you're at work.

With a smart home security system though, you can see exactly what's going on at home, thanks to video surveillance cameras and image sensors that alert you to important activity. Should you miss a real-time alert of an emergency, AlarmForce’s 24/7 professional monitoring has your back! 

Urban Legend 2: I always lock up, so my house is safe 

First, are you sure you always lock up? Many burglaries are simple "unlawful entry," in which the burglar uses an open door or window. It's easy to forget when you're in a hurry— but the good news is that a notification from your AlarmForce mobile app will let you know if you left your door or window opened.

Second, nearly three-fifths of burglaries are forcible entries, which might involve kicking in a door or breaking a window. It's easily done. A smart home security system is a great deterrent, however. According to a survey of convicted burglars, four-fifths will check for a security system at a home, with the majority retreating once they discover one. 

Urban Legend 3: My dog is all the home security I need. 

Not quite. Although many burglars prefer to avoid homes with dogs, a dog can be distracted easily and is typically less than reliable.

Urban Legend 4
: I don't own anything worth stealing 

You may not have any collectible art or sports memorabilia in your home, and your basement may be devoid of gold bars, but that doesn't mean a burglar would come up empty at your house.

The number one item that burglars look for is simple: cash. They're also interested in everyday items like jewelry, electronics and prescription drugs, all of which are easy to sell. Even the power tools in your garage can make attractive targets. 

Urban Legend 5: Security systems are easy to beat anyway 

While this can be true of systems that rely on a phone line, or that piggyback on a broadband connection, an AlarmForce wireless system can defeat many common burglary tactics.

Our dedicated cellular connection can't be defeated with wire cutters; with a cellular signal, there's no wires to cut. Even if an intruder immediately smashes the security panel itself, a signal would be instantly transmitted to alert our monitoring station, thanks to Crash and Smash protection. 

Want to know more about AlarmForce’s home security options? Just click here and let us know when the best time would be to have one of our knowledgeable Home security specialists give you a call.