According to the FBI, home burglaries result in an average property loss of $2,661. And that doesn’t even cover the emotional and psychological aftereffects of these crimes. That’s why many homeowners and renters turn to home security systems to protect their space.
But are home security systems worth it? Can they truly deter potential criminals?
The majority of the evidence points to a resounding yes.
Throughout this article, we’ll take a deep look at how home security systems impact crime, including:
- What actual burglars say about security camera systems
- The impact of security systems on crime rates
- What law enforcement has to say about the effectiveness of security systems
- A look at the exciting future of security cameras
But let’s first consider modern security systems and their potential to deter potential burglars.
The role of security cameras and surveillance systems
Security cameras are an essential tool in deterring all kinds of criminal activity, especially property crimes and burglary.
Home security and CCTV cameras (closed-circuit television cameras) have come a long way in the past decade. Modern indoor and outdoor security cameras can detect people, send notifications to homeowners’ smartphones, and trigger alarms.
How does this impact a burglary?
Much of the allure of burglary is the anonymity of the crime. Burglars want to get in, poach some valuables for quick cash, and get out without any confrontation. But security cameras foil those plans. Not only do security cameras leave video evidence behind, but they also immediately notify homeowners, meaning the police won’t be far behind.
But the question is, does it really work?
The results speak for themselves.
Consider the example of one burglary in Florida. During the break-in, the burglar stole tools and ammunition totaling over $1,000. Because of the homeowner’s surveillance system, everything was caught on camera and the police were able to recognize and arrest the burglar.
A home security system was also key in solving a series of unsolved burglaries that stretched from Texas to Georgia. Between the homeowner’s smart camera and mobile app, the police were able to catch the burglar in the act and prosecute him for over a dozen other burglaries.
Many times, security systems even stop criminals in their tracks. Take the example of the attempted burglary at the home of Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli. When a burglar entered her home, the footage showed him noticing the security camera and leaving without taking a thing. Her security system clearly protected her that night.