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.
1. Your outdoor security cameras watch your property, and your neighbor’s property too
It’s late at night. You wake to see lights flashing off your bedroom walls. Red, blue, red, blue. You look out the window and see little crowds of neighbors gathered in their pajamas, some police officers shining their flashlights.
It turns out there was an attempted break-in at the house across the street. The burglar ran off when he realized the homeowner was awake, but the police think he’s done this before.
This is where your security camera can help. It can give investigators a wider view of the neighborhood. The more images they have of the suspect, the better their chances at identifying and catching him.
2. Fire alarms can keep fires from spreading
For firefighters, the only thing worse than dealing with a blaze is when flames spread from house to house. And when homes are built close together, that becomes even more of a danger.
But having a fire alarm as part of your home security system will alert you – and first responders – when a fire breaks out, making sure that help is on its way long before the fire gets the chance to spread to your neighbor’s home.
3. Criminals will go where there’s crime
When it comes to solving burglaries, police have their work cut out for them. The number of burglaries – like the overall crime rate – is declining nationwide, but police solve only about 13 percent of home break-ins due to lack of evidence or witnesses.
And when a criminal succeeds in breaking into a home, they know exactly where your neighborhood’s weak spots are, increasingly the likelihood that they could return to prey on your community.
On the other hand, a home that has an alarm system is less likely to be targeted, according to the Rutgers study, which based that conclusion on interviews with the burglars themselves.
“Most offenders, though, wanted to avoid alarms altogether and, upon encountering such devices abandoned all thought of attacking the dwelling,” the report says.
If you – and our neighbors – install a home security system – it will make stealing from you more difficult and prevent your block from becoming a target.
Are you concerned about your home security? Holicong Security can help. Whether they need video surveillance, smoke and fire alarms or home alarm systems, you can count on Holicong to secure your home, and your entire neighborhood. Contact us today to learn more.