Given that home ownership doesn’t come with a manual explaining what exactly you should do to keep your home safe and secure, it’s no wonder that most homeowners make at least a few mistakes on a regular basis when it comes to security. Even homeowners who have a home security system are guilty of making some of these mistakes, although statistically speaking their chances of experiencing a break-in are much lower.
While there are many mistakes we could list here, in the interest of keeping this post short we’ll focus on the top three.
Common Mistake #1: Believing that locks keep out burglars
If a lock was all you needed to prevent burglars from breaking into your home, then home alarm companies like Dynamark Security of Richmond wouldn’t exist. However, not only do we exist, but we do a brisk business installing security systems throughout the Richmond area. Many of our customers decide to install a security system after either experiencing a break-in themselves or hearing about someone–a friend, neighbor, or family member–who experienced a burglary. Clearly, locks by themselves are not enough to deter burglars. The cliche that “locks keep honest people honest” is actually true. If someone wants to break in to your home, a lock or deadbolt will only delay them for a few seconds at the most.
Common Mistake #2: Believing it takes a long time to break in to a home
This is a mistake that even people who have an alarm system make. All too often, people will not arm their alarm system when they leave for a very short amount of time–for example, going out to lunch, walking the dog, or running a quick errand. They believe that since they are only going to be gone for 20-30 minutes, everything will be fine and there is no need to hassle with arming their alarm.
The truth is that the average break-in only takes 8-12 minutes. That means that if a burglar is watching your house, knows that you are the only one home, and sees you leave for any reason at all, they know that there is a very good chance you will be gone for more than eight minutes, giving them ample time to break in.
Here’s the ironic part–when people with an alarm system leave for a short errand without arming their alarm, in many cases they will still lock their door. In other words, they are making the first two mistakes listed here at once–thinking that locks will deter a burglar, and also thinking that they don’t have anything to worry about since they won’t be gone long.
Common Mistake #3: Believing that “it won’t happen to me”
This is probably the most common mistake out of the three listed here. The ironic thing is that people who believe that their home won’t get broken into no matter what, and as a result take no security precautions, actually make it more likely that their home will get broken into. When burglars look for a home to break into, they look for soft targets. Homes with no security system, unlocked doors and windows, and owners who do nothing to hide the fact that they are not at home are very easy targets for a burglar.
The truth is that there are many, many unfortunate events that probably “won’t happen to you”. In fact, the insurance industry is based on this principle. Does that mean that you would go without health insurance, homeowners insurance, car insurance, or life insurance? Of course not. You recognize that while the probability of certain events happening to you might be low, the cost to you or your family if they did happen could be very high–even devastating. That’s why you protect yourself with insurance. Having a home security system and making sure to use it as intended is like insurance against a break-in. While their is no guarantee that a home with a security system won’t ever get robbed, statistics show that it does dramatically reduce the risk (by as much as 80% according to one survey). Start protecting yourself today by contacting Dynamark Security to request a free home security analysis.