Back in the day, the home was occupied all day. Mom was a “stay at home” working all day taking care of the kids and people had bigger families too. Often there were 3, 4, and even 5 generations under the same roof. Today, Mom works out of the house, dad works and the kids are at school. Today, grandparents are healthier and more self sufficient, and sometimes on their own traveling. Today, the house is vacant.
So, what to do? Invest in an alarm? According to a Rutgers study, alarms are a valuable crime fighting tool.
“Data showed that a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark between 2001 and 2005 coincided with an increase in the number of registered home burglar alarms. The study credits the alarms with the decrease in burglaries and the city’s overall crime rate. Neighborhoods in which burglar alarms were densely installed have fewer incidents of residential burglaries than the neighborhoods with fewer burglar alarms” said study author Dr. Seungmug Lee, professor at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Today a home alarm system is cost effective, easy to install, can be activated and viewed over the internet and even a mobile phone. Monitoring an alarm system that calls the local police cost a dollar a day.
More than four in 10 Americans are worried that the current economic environment can expose their families to crime, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 people sponsored by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Many survey respondents also indicated that economic conditions are causing them to reduce their spending on security systems and devices.
If there was ever a time to make smart decisions about ones security it’s now. I can’t even imagine being without a home alarm. There are too many bad people who don’t care about you and me. As a home owner and a dad, I need every edge I can get against the bad guy. And understand it’s not about being “paranoid”; it’s about being in control and taking responsibility for your family’s safety.