A study by Dr. Simon Hakim of Temple University in conjunction with the Alarm Industry
Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) has shown that alarm systems are one of the
most effective ways to deter would be criminals. Using data gathered from suburban homes
in Greenwich, Connecticut, the study found that an unalarmed home affected by a burglary
had an average loss to burglary of $5343, while a similar alarmed home affected by burglary
had an average loss of $3266, a 40% drop in loss.
The study also details several types of security precautions to prevent criminals from
attempting a burglary. “Security precautions that address the criteria of deterrence,
preventions, and detection significantly reduce a property’s chance of becoming a burglary
victim. Previous studies have shown that effective deterring precautions are a car in the
driveway, exterior and interior lights, watch dogs, and active neighborhood watch programs.
Effective prevention measures are locking doors, with deadbolt locks being preferred. The
only detection measure is a burglar alarm.”
Deterring precautions refer to things that would make a would be burglar think twice about
even considering attempting a crime, things like lights on in the house to indicate someone is
home, cars in the driveway, watch dogs, things that would make the criminal think twice.
Prevention measures refer to things that would make a burglary impossible, or
much slower than if there were no prevention measures. Things like deadbolts and bars on
windows fall into this category.
Both of those previous precautions are not foolproof. They can and have been circumvented.
The only measures that can alert you to the presence of an intruder are detections measures,
and only alarm systems fall into this category.
Your typical family home is usually targeted more often than other residences or businesses
by criminals for attempted burglaries and robberies. If no one is home, this is even more of
an attraction to a potential criminal. These homes are around 35% more likely to be targeted
than other residences and businesses. But that number decreases drastically when an alarm
system is brought into play. Family homes with alarm systems installed are 60% less likely to
be targeted than a similar home that does not have an alarm system installed.
Overall, homeowners who had alarm systems were extremely satisfied with their decision,
with 95% saying they thought it was worth it to have such systems installed to protect their
loved ones and valuables.
Data taken from: http://www.airef.org/research/research.php
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