Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, your home should be a safe and secure place. Even though you may feel that your property is unlikely to be the target of a robbery, break-ins and attempted break-ins are one of the most common crimes in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia had the 5th highest rate of burglaries in the world in 2015 – a total of 238,100. If that figure isn’t enough to have you reassessing your home security, you can read more Australian home burglary statistics from Budget Direct.
If you’re one of the ‘it won’t happen to me’ crowd, consider the following home security myths and have a think about whether you need to upgrade your home security.
1: WHO NEEDS SECURITY? JUST GET A DOG.
There’s no doubt that certain dog breeds make excellent watchdogs and even just the presence of a furry friend can make you feel safer. But is a dog a major deterrent when it comes to criminals entering your home? The truth is, a dog is not enough to keep your home secure. Dogs are smart and loyal creatures, but all animals can be unpredictable. Using your dog as a security system is a poor substitute for the real thing, and it’s not fair on your pooch either!
2: A THIEF WOULDN’T WANT ANYTHING IN MY HOME.
People often make the false assumption that their belongings aren’t worth anything or that they don’t own items of value. However, most robberies centre around electronics, tools, sporting equipment, alcohol, wallets and other common household items. Your mobile phone, flat screen TV, and laptop are very attractive to thieves who are looking to snatch items that can be resold. Remember, thieves generally aren’t after expensive jewellery or rare works of art!
3: MY NEIGHBOURHOOD IS SAFE.
Even if your suburb has a reputation as a safe neighbourhood, this does not mean that your home won’t be the target of a break-in. Thieves often target so-called ‘safe’ neighbourhoods because residents have a more relaxed approach to security. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because you live in a safe neighbourhood!
4: MOST ROBBERIES HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
Most people picture thieves breaking into homes in the middle of the night, but the statistics show that a large proportion of break-ins occur during the day. Thieves have even been known to pose as tradies, maintenance workers, or even delivery drivers. Make sure your home is as safe as possible whenever you aren’t home, no matter the time of day.
5: Security Systems Are Expensive
Yes, a good security system is expensive. But a security system is also an investment in the safety of your family and your property. There are also a wide range of systems to choose from, so you can choose one that suits both your budget and your security needs. Many home insurance companies will also discount your premium if you have a security system.
If you would like to chat to a security expert about upgrading your home security, get in touch with Armitage Security. We have a range of security solutions to suit all budgets.