We can’t all afford a state-of-the-art security system, but that doesn’t mean we should be less safe. Whether you’re looking to install a new security system or want to know what the best resources and practices are for your current one, here are five home security myths you need to stop believing:
Alarms Will Scare Off an Intruder
Most burglars are professionals who have been doing this for years and know how to avoid setting off alarms. Even if they don’t know exactly where you keep your alarm system’s control panel, they’ll know it’s somewhere in the house and that there’s probably a motion sensor on the wall near it.
The best way to ensure your alarm works is by ensuring your windows and doors are secured properly — not just with locks but with glass break sensors and motion detectors. If someone breaks through a window or door, an alarm will sound immediately, giving you time to call 911 before the intruder has time to do any harm (or even notice).
You Need to Have an Expensive System Installed by Professionals
Truth: While professional installation is undoubtedly more convenient, it’s not always necessary — especially if you’re willing to do some research and DIY installation yourself. Many companies now offer DIY kits with everything you need, from cameras and sensors down to motion detectors that only cost a few dollars each!
It’s important to note that alarms and security cameras, among others, are an essential part of any home security system and help prevent break-ins by deterring criminals from targeting your home in the first place. Most systems also protect against fire, carbon monoxide leaks, and medical emergencies like heart attacks or diabetic episodes, which could result in death if unattended for long periods.
My Dog Will Protect Me
If you think your dog will protect you, you may want to rethink that strategy. Dogs can certainly be a deterrent, but they won’t be able to stop an intruder from entering your home or harming you. Dogs can get hurt protecting their owners. If you have a dog and want to keep it safe in an emergency, make sure it’s trained, so it doesn’t run off and get lost or injured during an attack.
I Don’t Need Home Security Because I Live in A Good Neighborhood
Truth: You never know what could happen, especially given the rise in break-ins and thefts. A recent survey found that many people think their neighborhood is safer than it is. If you live in an affluent area, ensure you keep up-to-date with crime rates and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and your property.
Take Your Security Seriously!
The idea of home security is so ingrained in our culture that it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing certain myths. These myths can lead you to spend money on things that aren’t going to help or even hurt you.
Therefore, you should stop believing these myths and take your home security seriously.