If you don’t already have a home security system, you can probably list a few reasons why. But how many of these are actually valid when you think about them? Myths about security systems are rampant, but most of them are based on misconceptions.
Here are five of the biggest home security myths debunked:
1. Home Security Is Too Pricey.
Once reserved for the wealthy elite, today’s systems are now accessible for all people, with the average monthly cost of a service subscription being only $30 in 2013. There may be some additional start-up costs, but even these usually only mean a one-time cost of a few hundred dollars — less than the price of the average TV. While a home security system does mean another bill to fit into your budget, the costs are minimal compared to replacing your valuables.
2. A Dog Is Just as Good.
You may think opting for a large dog can replace a home security system. While it’s true that burglars are less likely to target your house if they know a dog is inside, the average household pet is not trained as a guard dog. He may bark at an intruder, but he may just as easily be appeased with a treat. Dogs sometimes also end up as casualties in the event of a home invasion or burglary. Adding a home security system keeps both you and your pet safer.
3. It’s Just Stuff.
It can be tempting to think that everything you own is easily replaceable, and this is true as far as the actual physical possessions, but the sentimental value will be lost forever. A burglary also impacts your sense of security, something that can take months and even years to recover. A home security system can help deter burglars and help you feel safer, especially for those who live alone.
4. Determined Burglars Won’t Care About Alarms.
When a burglar breaks into a home, he is taking a calculated risk. He’s betting that he can get in, get the stuff and get out before he is noticed or caught. The presence of a home security system dramatically affects these odds, and one study found that 50 percent of burglars say they’d pass on a house that had an alarm system.