Home security

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Home security is something applicable to all of us and involves the security hardware in place on a property, and personal security practices. The hardware would be the doors, locks, alarm systems, lighting, motion detectors, and security cameras systems that is installed on your property.[1] Personal security practices would be ensuring doors are locked, alarms activated, windows closed, extra keys not hidden outside and many other routine tasks which act to prevent a burglary. According to an FBI report 58.3 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry.[2] A typical burglary lasts for about 8 to 12 minutes and on average a burglar will break into a home within 60 seconds.[3] Home security can be strengthened by adding a first line of defence like a thorny shrub or bush to give the burglar a hard time. A motion activated bright light can play a psychological role in deterring a burglar,[4] also acting as a second line of defence along with outdoor security cameras. In order to protect the entry points, we need to have window and door sensors. Once a burglar gets passed the second line of defence, motion detectors kick in. A motion detector can raise an alarm or send a security footage to the homeowner if it's linked to a camera system. Investing in a small safe for storing valuables like passports, jewelry, important documents, is a good word of advice. Common security methods include never hiding extra keys outside, never turning off all the lights, applying small CCTV stickers on doors, and keeping good tabs with neighbours.


Forecasts suggest the DIY home security market will be worth $1.5 billion by 2020.[5] Data report from Federal Bureau Of Investigation show 1.7 million homes were burglarized in 2014.[2] The same report shows that an estimated loss of $3.9 billion was suffered by the victims in the same year. Overall, when the average value was applied to the estimated number of burglaries, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,251.

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  1. ^ "Basic Home Security and Safety". Secure Home. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Burglary". FBI. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  3. ^ "20 Alarming Burglary Facts that Should Concern You". Alarm Relay. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ "How To Increase Home Security - Wireless Spy Gadgets". Wireless Spy Gadgets. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  5. ^ Wolf, Michael. "Here's Why DIY Home Security Will Soon Be A Billion Dollar Market". Forbes. Retrieved 31 July 2015.