Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's Burglary Season!

I recently read an interesting article on the Better Business Bureau website regarding the summer months and an increase in burglaries. Below is some of the most pertinent information:

The summer months are the perfect time for a vacation getaway. Unfortunately, they are also the perfect time for a home robbery. According to the FBI, the summer months of July and August have the highest rates of residential burglaries. The Better Business Bureau is advising homeowners who are looking to secure their property this summer, to research potential alarm companies thoroughly when considering home security.

According to an Academic Study of Home and Business Security by Temple University, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) says that homes without security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into than homes without security systems.(The actual statistic ranges from 2.2 times to 3.1 times, depending on the value of the home). Homes with security systems average $400 less in property loss in comparison to homes without security systems.

Although no system makes your home completely burglar-proof, a home security system can reduce your chances of being burglarized and give you peace of mind. In 2010, the Better Business Bureau received nearly 25,000 inquiries from customers asking about burglar alarm systems.

“It’s important to investigate the purchase of a home security system with the same care you would any major purchase,” said Stephen A. Cox, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “There are too many door-to-door salespeople selling home security systems out there that don’t always have your best interest at heart.”

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