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By the numbers
In a survey of nearly 100 people convicted of burglary, around 60% said they'd skip a house if it looked like someone was home, such as if the lights were on, the radio was playing, or there was a car in the driveway.3 A smart home security system with smart outlets can help you achieve that occupied look.
Some people said they'd knock to see if anyone was actually home. This is where a video doorbell with motion detection and two-way audio can come in handy. You can talk directly to the person on your doorstep to let them know they've been spotted.
But you might not even have to go that far, since two-thirds of the survey respondents said a visible outdoor security camera was enough to deter them.3
The main advantage of a home security system is that it deters people looking for an easy home to burgle. With the right equipment and professional alarm monitoring, you also get a faster response to smoke alarms and can take advantage of a security system's smart home automations. We go into more detail about the advantages of a home security system in this article:
System costs and homeownership clauses tend to prevent people from buying home security systems, but those are old-fashioned worries. Today's home security market meets every price point and has more renter-friendly options than renter-un-friendly ones.
Don't let cost deter you: There's a system for every budget
Consider this: if your home is burgled, you're looking at an average loss of over $2,600.2 If you pay less than that for a home security system and the system prevents a burglary, it's money well-spent. And, depending on your policy, your homeowners insurance may be reduced by up to 20 percent just because you have a security system installed in your home.
If you're still not quite ready to take the plunge and choose a security system, you can take other measures to improve security around your home and deter potential burglaries. Some "good but not great" ideas include fake yard signs and guard dogs.
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With over seven years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic.
Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.