Debunking Home Security Myths

We all know and love myths about Greek gods and American tall tales, but we probably pay less attention to myths about burglaries and our own home security. However, what these myths lack in entertainment value they make up for in real world application. That’s why we’ve chosen to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about home security – we want to help you ensure your family, home and peace of mind are safe and sound.

Myth #1: “It could never happen to me”

A common myth surrounding home security and burglaries is one rarely uttered out loud. This myth is most likely to pop into your head while watching the evening news report a robbery. You think to yourself, “That’s terrible, but it wouldn’t happen to me. I don’t even have anything worth stealing.” The unfortunate truth is that almost every home has something a burglar would find worth their time.

According to various sources, the first thing burglars look for is cash. Money is the easiest and most useful item someone can steal, and every house has some somewhere. There’s also a large risk intruders could seek out other common valuables like jewelry, electronics, and prescription drugs. For these reasons, not only is it a good idea to install a security system to prevent burglars from entering your home in the first place, it’s also good practice to keep the items at the top of a thief’s wish list safely locked away around your house in hard to find places.

Myth #2: Locking up is enough

Speaking of locking things up: as you contemplate the chances of your home being robbed, you’re also likely to think through the security precautions already in place. Many homeowners consider locking doors and windows to be the most stringent security necessary. While locks will always be an important part of your home’s security, the problem is that they might not be enough by themselves.

Of course, burglars prefer an unlocked home, but it’s important to realize locked windows and doors aren’t deal-breakers for a committed criminal. Forcible entries make up a fair portion of robberies, and a broken window can’t call for help. That’s where a smart security system comes in – between various sensors, cameras, and the alarm panel, police can be alerted to a break in almost instantly. As a bonus, according to ASI Connect 60 percent of burglars check for security panels before even attempting to enter. Thieves are more likely to abandon their attempt after seeing signs of an alarm than after encountering a locked door.

We wish we could reassure you that your home will never be robbed or that a locked door is enough, but it’s always better to be on the safe side in this unpredictable world.

Myth #3: Burglars are nocturnal

This next myth would have you believe that if a robbery were to occur in your home, the burglars would most likely make the attempt after dark. At first, this seems logical, but when you think about it… why would a burglar choose to act when someone is home? In fact, most robbers greatly prefer daylight heists and are more likely to attempt a theft when you and your family are at work or school.

A criminal might know your house is unoccupied, but with a smart security system your home is never truly empty. In actuality, it’s armed and ready to alert you and a professionally trained staff to call for help if something fishy is taking place. Smart cameras, lights, and contact sensors are all tools that can either make it look like you’re home to discourage a robber from considering your home in the first place, or catch them in the act if they unwisely decide to forge ahead.

With a smart home security system, your house will debunk the burglar myth that an empty house makes for an easy target.

Myth #4: My dog is all the security I need

This next myth is also fairly common, and also fairly untrue. We’re sorry to break it to you, but unless your dog is highly trained to alert you and/or attack an intruder without being distracted or won over by the burglar, they really aren’t the epitome of security.

It’s true that some robbers may think twice about targeting your home if a sizable or loud dog is around; however, unless your furry pal is in the same tier as a police canine, you might want to consider adding other reliable security measures to your home.

Myth #5: Security systems are easy to beat

Our final myth actually stems from a grain of truth. In theory, a knowledgeable thief could unfortunately expose and surpass weaknesses in certain security systems. For example, alarms that run on phone lines or with broadband services aren’t necessarily immune to tampering, especially when it comes to wire cutting.

But what about a system that runs on a cellular connection? The ASI Connect smart security systems we offer are wireless and feature Crash and Smash protection. Not only is there no cord to cut to disable the alarm, any attempt to damage the security panel (even knocking it off the wall) will still send alerts calling for help. Despite a burglar’s best blows, smart security systems handily debunk this last myth.

Now that you have better insight to the truths of home security and burglaries, you should consider a customized smart home security system to protect your family, your home, and your peace of mind.

Ron Anderson
rda@asisecurity.solutions
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