In 2009, Rutgers University in New Jersey released an interesting study on the connection between burglar alarms and neighborhood crime rates.
While experts have long held that most burglars will stay away from alarm systems, this study finally credited a decline in burglaries and the overall crime rate throughout the city of Newark to the rise in people who use home security systems.
“In short, the study found that an installed burglar alarm makes a dwelling less attractive to the would-be and active intruders and protects the home without displacing burglaries to nearby homes,” Rutgers said in a news release.
It’s like that saying “a rising tide lifts all boats” put into practice. When we install home security measures, we’re not only helping ourselves, but our neighbors as well.