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4 Common Myths About Home Surveillance

Debunking Common Beliefs About Burglary Prevention

4 Common Myths About Home Surveillance

Despite the evidence, many people are skeptical about the effectiveness and necessity of a home security system. We understand why—if you’re going to have a system installed, you want it to do its job. If you’re thinking about improving your home surveillance, there may be a few negative thoughts telling you not to bother.

However, studies have shown that home surveillance systems do keep people safer. How? Continue reading to see what security solutions can do for your Carmel, Indiana, home.

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Myth 1: Burglars Will Still Enter My Home

One commonly held belief is that even if you have alarms and cameras, a burglar will still break your windows and enter your home. But that’s simply not true. In a study by the University of North Carolina’s Department of Criminal Justice, 422 randomly-selected incarcerated burglars were questioned on their motives and decisions behind break-ins. The report found that “about 60% of the burglars indicated the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether” and that “alarms and outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment were considered by a majority of burglars.” The presence of cameras and alarms is enough to dissuade a criminal before they even have the chance to act. 

Myth 2: Most Burglaries Occur at Night

Maybe it’s because of horror movies and crime shows, or just a general fear of the dark. But most people worry about break-ins occurring after sundown. However, the same study by UNC found that most home invasions occur on weekdays during the day when most people are at work. This makes it easier for a burglar to slip into an empty house without witnessing neighbors. However, a smart home and security system can keep your house protected during the day. Schedule your motorized shades to raise and lower sporadically, and for lights to turn on and off, so it looks like someone is home. Set motion sensors so that if any unusual activity is detected, you’ll receive an alert on your phone. This way, you won’t ever return to an unpleasant surprise in your home.

Myth 3: Home Security Doesn’t Work

Even if your security system doesn’t deter a criminal from breaking in, it will help police find the person responsible after a crime has happened. Countless households across the country have already used home security cameras to catch criminals and reach justice. The police can often quickly identify subjects in your footage and arrest them shortly after the crime. With a cloud-based system, your footage can’t be tampered with or destroyed, which is useful when storms strike, too.

Myth 4: Home Security Is Hard to Use

Once your system is installed, it couldn’t be easier to use. Modern smart systems like Control4 and let you access your security devices right from the app, no matter where you are in the world. Check in on camera footage, arm or disarm door locks, activate alarms or shut the garage. Monitoring your home has never been so user-friendly or comprehensive.   

Ready to protect your Carmel, Indiana, home? Contact us or call (317) 816-1400 to discuss a solution right for you.

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