What are some of the myths you have heard about home alarm systems? The internet and our neighbors are spreading myths. Burglars are the only people who can benefit from these myths and it is about time that you sort out the truth.
On top of this, believing in these myths puts you, your family, and property in danger. In this article, we look at and explain eight home alarm systems myths.
They Cannot Stop a Burglar from Getting Breaking In
A visible security alarm system will deter a burglar from forcing their way into your home. Studies show that homes without a security system have a 300% higher chance of getting broken into than those with an alarm system.
Burglars want to enter and leave home unnoticed and to create the least disturbance possible. If they see that a home has a security system such as CCTV cameras or an alarm system, they will back off.
According to a study by the University of North Carolina at the Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, nearly 60% of the convicted burglars changed their minds about breaking into a home with an alarm system.
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Installing a Home Alarm System Needs a Professional
This was true decades ago when home alarm systems were difficult and not user-friendly. However, today’s home alarm systems are advanced and sophisticated, but they are user-friendly. The alarm systems are designed to be easy for you to install.
The systems come with all the necessary parts for installation. If you were to run into any trouble during the installation, you could always call the system provider for technical support. On top of this, you can watch videos on YouTube or read online tutorials on how to install the home security systems properly and safely.
The Police May Fail To Catch the Burglar in the Act
Did you know that the police could catch burglars in the act of breaking in? This is only possible with modern home alarm systems. These home alarm systems send an automatic message to the police or monitoring service within 45 seconds of a suspected breaking.
The Alarm Will Not Work In a Power Outage
This myth is based on outdated alarm systems. Modern alarm systems do not require phone lines or electricity. The systems come with a backup battery pack that ensures that there is tight security in your home even during a power outage.
Other home alarm systems use cellular radio technology similar to that, which is used in smartphones. For these reasons, a power outage or trouble with the telephone lines will not affect the working of the alarm system.
Only New Houses Need Security Systems
The truth is that a home alarm system can be installed in any home irrespective of the age. The concern here is that hardwiring the alarm system around the house will damage the rustic aesthetics of the house. However, modern alarm systems come with a wireless option, and they can be installed with minimal disturbance and hassle.
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Home Alarm Systems Are Too Expensive
This is another myth about modern home alarm systems. Today, you can get home alarm systems for $100, and it will include all the essentials such as automatic messaging to a monitoring service and more. On top of this, you do not have to pay a professional to install it. You can also find monitoring rates from as low as $25 a month.
You Do Not Need One since You Have Insurance
Homeowner’s insurance policy is a good move since you will be able to replace damaged or stolen property. However, it cannot replace the trauma caused during a break in. Refusing to add an alarm system to your home because you have an insurance policy is one of the worst myths there is today.
On top of this, you could be paying a high premium on your homeowners’ insurance policy since you do not have an alarm system. Besides, having a burglar deterrent will save you the trouble of dealing with insurance claims, and insurance adjusters.
This is a myth used by people living in the so-called “safe neighborhoods.” However, there is no such thing as a safe neighborhood, only a neighborhood with a lower crime rate. The cost of installing and monitoring will protect you against the hefty losses you could make in case of a break in.
Home break-ins are not only for the poor neighborhoods with high crime rates. Even the suburbs and private residences get broken into. The worst-case scenario is when you are maimed during a break in because you could not install an alarm system and the accompanying security equipment.
Ignorant people in social groups and on the internet are responsible for spreading a majority of these myths. Before you take any advice about home alarm systems, ensure to do your due diligence. With that said, you can go and get yourself a modern home alarm system and protect yourself, family, and property.
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