THE BIGGEST HOME SECURITY MYTHS DEBUNKED
Burglars sleep during the day.
MYTH #1: BURGLARIES MOSTLY OCCUR AT NIGHTTIME
FACT #1: BURGLARIES MOSTLY OCCUR DURING THE DAY
The common belief that burglars work at night — a belief fueled by the familiar image of burglars dressed in black sneaking around in the dark — is more fiction than fact.
According to a 2014 report written by the Alarm Industry Research & Education Foundation, most residential burglaries are committed on a weekday in the daytime. Why would burglars prefer to break into homes in broad daylight? Because they know that's when most people are at work or school.
Play it safe and live in the country.
MYTH #2: RURAL AREAS ARE SAFER THAN CITIES
FACT #2: CITY AREAS ARE SAFER THAN RURAL AREAS
Many people assume that cities are more dangerous than picturesque rural areas, but a study released in 2013 paints a different picture.
According to this study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, large cities in the U.S. are significantly safer than rural areas. The risk of injury death — which counts both violent crime and accidents — is more than 20% higher in the countryside than it is in large urban areas.
“Perceptions have long existed that cities were innately more dangerous than areas outside of cities, but our study shows this is not the case,” said the lead author, Dr. Sage R. Myers of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in a statement. Far from being violent death traps, a large city might just about be the safest place to live in the U.S.
Burglars ignore the security sign on your lawn.
MYTH #3: HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS DON’T REALLY STOP CRIME
FACT #3: MOST BURGLARS AVOID HOMES WITH HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS
Many folks, proudly bucking conventional wisdom, believe home security systems are ineffective. But often wisdom is conventional simply because it’s wise.
The Electronic Security Association's “Home Safety Fast Facts” report notes that 83% of burglars said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and most said they would seek an alternative target. And if they did trigger an alarm, most said they would abandon the break-in.
According to a 2010 study partially underwritten by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation, burglars spend less than 60 seconds breaking into a home. So, anything that makes a house harder to enter — including home security systems, deadbolt locks, bars on windows, and pins in sash windows — acts as a deterrent.
The bottom line: burglars are on the lookout for “soft targets,” so making your home more difficult to access is likely to deter a break-in. Your deterrence can be made even stronger by Protection 1’s impressive technology and customer service.
Burglars are highly skilled professionals.
MYTH #4: MOST BURGLARIES ARE COMMITTED BY PROFESSIONALS
FACT #4: 85% OF BREAK INS ARE MADE BY INEXPERIENCED BURGLARS
In movies and television, burglars use hi-tech gadgets and detailed blueprints of their targeted properties. The truth is that most burglars are impulsive, inexperienced and far from professional.
If the typical burglar is desperate and disorganized, that can make them dangerous and erratic. It also means that the average intruder is not equipped to deal with even the most common home security devices — which makes having a working system installed even more important.
Burglars are rarely repeat visitors.
MYTH #5: BURGLARS WON’T STRIKE THE SAME HOUSE TWICE
FACT #5: VICTIMS OF PROPERTY CRIMES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMIZED AGAIN
According to extensive research done at UCLA, lightning can strike twice when it comes to property crime. A successful burglary means the robber now knows your vulnerabilities, schedule, layout, and contents of your house.
Some houses may be at higher risk because they remain physically soft targets (e.g., easily forced doors or windows) or because the routine activities of inhabitants leave them less secure than other homes. In addition, some aspect of the burglar’s previous experience may increase their urge to return.
For example, a burglar may discover items that could be targeted in a subsequent burglary, or they may prefer to return to a location where they are confident their entry methods will work again.