The essence of peace of mind for any family or homeowner is just how safe is their house? Is the home susceptible to burglary and are there methods in place to deter said burglar? Do home security systems work or are they just the product of generations worth of clever marketing campaigns and scare tactics? A study by Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice has finally delivered a solid answer.
According to Dr. Seungmug Lee, the 300 page “The Impact of Home Burglar Alarm Systems on Residential Burglaries” study analyzed crime data that was provided by the Newark police department for the years 2001-2005. The study found a correlation between an increase in registered home security systems and a decrease in burglary activity. The study also found that the crimes were not diverted to neighboring homes, thus ensuring a safer neighborhood overall.
The Rutgers study employed sophisticated research techniques which ruled out any variables that could have been highlighted to discredit the correlation. In fact, the more densely populated the alarms became in the neighborhood, the lower the crime rate dropped.
Home security companies have long argued that registered systems are the best way to prevent burglaries. The Rutgers University study is the first of its kind to prevent solid data to back up this argument. Police departments all over the country were pleased with the results as it instills confidence in the homeowner that they are, in fact, protecting their home in an effective manner. These actions allow the police to better streamline their manpower in more efficient ways.
The study also stated that improvements in technology have made it easier to monitor homes. These improvements allow the homeowner to remotely access security cameras and view footage in real-time on their mobile devices. They can also record it and save it for later viewing. Programmable lighting patterns allow the illusion of someone being home even if no one is present. The technology has also lowered the cost of many units. Previously, home security systems were associated with the wealthy or useful only in office buildings or businesses.
If you have ever been in doubt that a professionally installed and registered home security system is what you need to protect your home from burglars, this peer-reviewed study should set your mind at ease. A copy of the press release is available to the public and the complete study can be read upon request.