Why is home security important? Media reports of burglaries and break-ins are a daily occurrence. These articles are so commonplace that often we skim over them, but in reality we should be asking whether our own homes are adequately protected. Burglary is a crime of opportunity so it is vitally important to ensure home security is sufficient to deter intruders.
If a home looks well-protected, burglars are much less likely to attempt a break-in. Aside from the obvious financial loss when valuable items are stolen, there is the additional cost of clearing up and repairing any damage left behind. Certain objects may have relatively low monetary value but high sentimental value, causing considerable emotional distress if lost. Identity fraud can be a further consequence if personal documents are taken. Even if nothing is stolen it can be extremely upsetting to experience a burglary, with victims left feeling violated and vulnerable to further incidents.
Ensuring home security is surprisingly simple: everybody can follow basic steps to keep the home secure, such as locking windows and doors every time the house is left empty. Valuable items should be out of sight and a reliable burglar alarm should be installed and activated as a further deterrent. If there are items of considerable value in the house, a more sophisticated home security system may be considered.