The Hard Facts on Home Security

The Hard Facts on Home Security
Wednesday, March 16, 2016  


Posted by: ESA Communications

For Immediate Release

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The Hard Facts on Home
ESA Offers Homeowners
Home Safety Tips

Irving, Texas (March 16, 2016) —
The facts are inescapable that according to the
FBI the United States leads the world in the
occurrence of burglaries with four burglaries
occurring every minute; that’s one burglary
every 15 seconds. As startling as that
statistic may be, there’s no reason to give in
to fear; the members of the Electronic Security
Association (ESA) have the best methods and
technologies available to counter each problem
posed and increase the safety of your home.

Around 60 percent of
burglars used forcible entry to gain access to
a home, with 30 percent entering the home
through an unlocked door or window according to
statistics from the FBI’s website. Be sure to
lock every door, every time whether you are
home or not. Many electronic security systems
include access control solutions that can tell
you when a door is ajar, as well as electronic
locks that can be operated remotely via a
smartphone app.
According to the FBI, about
33 percent of intruders enter a home through
the front door. While you don’t want to forget
the other potential entryways in your home
(windows, back doors, garages), burglars will
almost always attempt your front door first. Be
sure to fortify your front door with a strong
lock, potentially one with an electronic lock
that can be monitored and operated remotely. A
camera mounted at eye level pointed toward the
front door could also identify potential
intruders, if they were to gain entry.
A study conducted by the
University of North Carolina found that most
burglars try to determine if a home has a
security system before breaking in. That same
study said that they would deliberately avoid
homes if they knew it had a security system,
and would immediately flee if those systems
sounded an audible alarm. Be sure to advertise
your security system in readily-visible spots
in both your front and back yards. Make sure
your system also comes with an audible alarm as
25 percent of burglars reported
cutting telephone or alarm wires before they
broke into the home, in an effort to foil alarm
systems. An ESA member company can design and
install a wireless system that operates using
cellular signals, which eliminates the risk of
disabling a system by cutting wires.
According to the FBI, the
average dollar loss per burglary in the U.S. is
$2,185. That amount far exceeds the typical
cost of a basic security system, and doesn’t
include the mental and emotional costs a
break-in inflicts on your family’s peace of
mind. The financial reparative process through
the justice system can take an inordinately
long time and may not pay for everything.
Coupled with the costs incurred in the criminal
justice system, a typical home invasion costs
approximately $20,000. An electronic home
security system can not only save you the
emotional and monetary costs of a burglary, but
it may help you gain home insurance discounts
as well.
The FBI data shows that
burglaries are notoriously hard to solve; only
13 percent of burglaries are cleared by police
investigators. The recovery of stolen property
is even rarer. The best way to avoid being part
of these statistics is to protect your home
with a security system from an ESA member
company that can be found by visiting

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