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Key Numbers Reveal the Hidden Truth About Home Burglaries In US

There are a number of reasons why every home needs to have a monitored alarm system installed. Not only do alarm systems help protect your home and your family, but they also lower home insurance costs in many cases.

Shockingly, a burglary in the US occurs four times per minute, which is the leading rate in the country. Having an alarm system in place greatly reduces the chances that your home will be a target. The Safewise blog put together a list of other valuable burglary statistics. Here are a few eye opening numbers.

• 30%   About two-thirds of burglaries happen when a burglar gains access to your home through force. This would include breaking a window, kicking down a door or similar means of damaging an entry point in order to walk inside. That leaves about 30% of burglaries that are perpetrated without force. These would be examples of times when a door or window was left open or unlocked and a burglar was allowed to simply walk into a home.

Unfortunately, forgetting to lock all entry points is a common occurrence that burglars take advantage of. An monitored alarm system provides a secondary level of protection in these scenarios, however. Even if a door is unlocked, as long as the alarm is set, it will sound when an intruder enters.

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• 25%   Once inside a home, most burglars first thought isn't to search for valuables. Instead, they often try to neutralize any threats like barking dogs or an alarm system. In the example of an alarm system, they don't necessarily have to know the disarm code to silence the alarm.

About 25% of burglars have admitted to cutting phone wires or visible alarm wires either before entering a home or immediately after entering. A move to wireless monitored alarm systems that connect to your smartphone has overcome the danger of cutting phone wires, but only a professional and careful installation will keep alarm wires hidden and unable to be cut by burglars.

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• $2,185   The cost of a basic alarm system is affordable for most families. In fact, with the discount on home insurance most companies offer, an alarm system almost pays for itself.

Without a monitored alarm, you're at a greater risk of a burglary and the FBI reports that the average dollar loss for burgled homes in the US is $2,661. That could pay for many months of a monitored alarm. Plus, that doesn't factor in any priceless items that were stolen or damaged during the break-in, and the emotional cost burglaries take on individuals.

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• 13%   Once a thief invades your home and steals your property, there's little chance they'll be brought to justice or that your stolen items will be recovered. Police only clear about 13% of burglaries each year and it's even more rare that they recover property. If you want to keep your things, you have to protect your home before a break-in happens.

• 75%   Nearly all former burglars participating in a recent study conducted by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte said they actively looked for the presence of an alarm in a home before trying to break-in. More than 75% admitted that if they knew a house had an alarm, they'd move on to a different target without trying to break-in at all.

Even those that would still pursue a home with an alarm mostly stated they'd flee the home immediately when the alarm went off. While there's no physical barrier that keeps an intruder out of your home, a monitored alarm system does prevent most individuals from even attempting a robbery.

Be on high alert during hottest weather

Safewise found that burglaries are consistently on the rise during the summer time. When temperatures begin to soar, so does the amount of burglaries. Their research showed that burglaries rise about 10% between June and August. Furthermore, more people were burglarized in June than in any other month, according to the Safewise burglary survey. June accounted for 11.3% of the burglaries experienced by respondents. March and April had the next-highest numbers of burglaries with 10.3% and 10.9%, respectively.

Come see us at Holder's Security in Tulsa for help finding an alarm and features that fit your needs. We offer the latest in security technology and can help you make sense of it all. Give us a call at (918) 663-8660 or stop by and see us.

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