Most people go on holidays during as a way to reduce their stress levels and to get away from the fast pace and high pressure of modern life – but studies show around three quarters of consumers worry about returning to find that they’ve been victims of burglary.
There are numerous strategies and technologies that can be used to make your home a less attractive target to would-be thieves, and to stop or frighten them away even in the event of a break-in. Most electronic alarm systems will automatically telephone police or even fire officials in the event of a break-in or fire.
Most people who have installed some kind of home security or theft deterrent system are able to enjoy their vacations much more easily, as well as sleeping better at night when they are home. Since over half of all convicted burglars admit to focusing on an empty house as a potential “mark” or a target for robbery, most people recognize that a break-in is more likely while away on vacation.
But there are many things that you can do as a homeowner to prevent a break-in or deter thieves. Such options as alarm systems or Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems are rapidly dropping in price, and do it yourself options are becoming available, eliminating the expense involved in hiring a contractor.
Wireless alarm systems which run on batteries and/or solar power serve as a visual deterrent to thieves, and can also call the police in the event of a break-in while you are away. A basic CCTV system allows homeowners to change the channel of their television and check to see who’s at the door, and more advanced systems can now be interfaced with the internet, allowing you to check on your front door/backyard/kitchen while on vacation.
Lighting timer systems allow you to have your lights randomly turned on and off, giving the illusion that someone is home and discouraging potential thieves from targeting your property. A secure garage door opener as well as a glass-break sensor on garage windows can seal off one more point of entry for would-be burglars.
These systems are rapidly declining and price, and the do it yourself options are improving in quality – many home systems can now be installed for less than $1,000. So, if you are feeling anxious about home security while you’re home or away, consider setting up a home security system to protect your property and your peace of mind.