Of the homeowners who have purchased monitored theft prevention measures for their home, almost one third do not set them, even during the summer when burglars are at the busiest.
A survey commissioned by Nationwide Insurance found that, while 79% of homeowners have at least one common theft-prevention measure (such as an alarm system or deadbolt) three in 10 do not use any. This invites unnecessary risk, especially during a heightened burglary season.
Nationwide went on to say that, buy their claims date and FBI statistics, home theft occurs more in June, July and August than any other months of the year. The FBI estimates that Americans were the victims of about 2.19 million burglaries in 2011, an increase of about .9 % from a year earlier
BIG HUGE BOO-BOOS:
- 20% fail to activate the system during the day
- One quarter said they left their front doors unlocked when leaving the house
- More than 1/3 said they leave ground-floor windows unlocked
- 41% OF THOSE AGES 18 TO 34 POST SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOS OR UPDATES WHEN THEY’RE ON VACATION…..LETTING ALL OF THE BURGLERS IN THE WORLD KNOW THEY ARE NOT AT HOME. THEY ALSO MENTION WHEN THEY SHOULD GET BACK HOME………………
If you don’t want the monthly cost of a monitored security system, there are surveillance apps available (Dropcam) that could at least help you identify the baddies after they have robbed you blind.
Help yourself this summer. Activate, lock up and be safe.