This led to the question that the survey was designed to ask; why don’t you own a security system? While it’s pretty obvious that having a security system would help to deter these criminal events, not a lot of people use them. What’s that about?
The participants were asked to rank these options on a scale of 1 to 5, and the majority pled ignorance and avoidance. They don’t want to think about home invasions and burglaries, and therefore, don’t think about alarm systems. Those that do, cite the cost of installation, maintenance and live-monitoring as a huge deterrent.
After that, the third most common answer was that even if there was a system installed, they didn’t think it’d make a difference. In a smash & grab situation, the burglars would be in and out before the cops could come anyways.
SafeHome, however, disagrees (as they’d have to, given the purpose of the site). They say that alarm systems intimidate robbers and can reduce the rates of crime entirely. Guess, we’ll have to wait and see on that, but I tend to disagree. We’re all so immune to car alarms and home alarms going off by accident in our day-to-day lives, that I don’t know if I’d pay attention if it happened for real, you know?