Home Security Systems: Effective Home Security Solutions to the Increased Home Burglary incidents
Home Security Systems: Effective Home Security Solutions to the Increased Home Burglary Incidents
The Federal Bureau Investigation-FBI (2012) highlights that burglary incidents have skyrocketed by 7% in the past decade to record a high of 2,159, 878 incidents. Besides the loss of valuable property, home burglary often results to physical assaults, increased rape incidents and immense psychological trauma. The increased incidents highlight that the impact of burglary effects is high, hence the need for people to protect their homes from burglary. This makes burglary the most pertinent home security issue. In response to the increased burglary, most people have been focusing on installing alarm systems, with the expectation that they will deter over 85% burglary attempts as statistically justified. However, as Capel (2009) highlights, the persistent and increased burglary incidents show the ineffectiveness of a burglary alarm system as a standalone system for home security. Ideally, he highlights that people should never use the alarm system as the only home security system to ward off burglars. The rule of burglar’s modus operandi should apply. This implies assessing “the things he (burglar) looks for, how he gets in, and what he does when he’s in” (Capel, 2009, p. 2). Effectively, based on this rule, as discussed in this essay, Capel shows that an effective home security system that counters burglars should comprise a combination of security approaches, primarily a burglar alarm system, sealed access points and concealed valuable items inside the home.
A Burglar Alarm System
In a study conducted in Newark from year 2001 to the year 2005, the data showed that as more homes installed home burglar alarms, the number of burglaries decreased. This shows that installing a burglar alarm system makes a home less attractive to the active and would-be intruders (The State University of New Jersey, 2013). In addition, it protects the home without the need to displace burglaries to the nearby homes, thus highlighting that a burglar’s alarm system can dissuade burglars even in a neighborhood with increased burglary incidents. What is the underlying burglar alarm mechanism that dissuades burglars? The study highlights that “most offenders, though, wanted to avoid alarms altogether and, upon encountering such devices abandoned all thought of attacking the dwelling” (The State University of New Jersey, 2013, para. 9). This shows the applicability of the modus operandi first rule, which is assessing the things that a burglar looks for. Burglars look for home security systems installed with alarm systems and tend to avoid them because they make the burglary process difficult. They are afraid that they will not get to snatch the items they need just in time before the alarm ticks or they will arouse scrutiny when...