At a time when many of us have suffered a reduction in salary, it’s natural that we are more cautious about spending money than in times when the economy is booming. The cost of home security products, when weighed up against the cost of school uniforms, food and utilities, may seem like a misuse of funds when there are other, more urgent things to pay for. This is understandable and we agree that feeding and clothing your family is one of the top priorities we have. We also know that keeping your family safe and secure is at the top of that list too, and that’s why it’s important that we really consider the costs and benefits of an intruder alarm system and/or home CCTV.
When thieves break into your home they don’t (usually) enter through the front door with a key, there will be some form of damage sustained to your home, either a window or a door. If thieves try to enter through an open upper storey window, it’s likely that they’ll also damage your drainpipes and even to your guttering. As a homeowner, if you locked yourself out and tried to break in, you’d make sure there was minimal damage to your property, but a burglar doesn’t care, they will happily break anything to get in, and they may also commit some petty vandalism at the same time.
Your home buildings insurance policy will probably cover damage done to the property during a burglary, but you may have to wait a while for the funds to come through. Could you afford to pay for a new window, drainpipe and new locks? If not, a burglar alarm as a deterrent, plus other visible measures to make your home an unattractive target for thieves are well worth the investment, and it will save you the hassle of taking time off work to be around for these repairs to be carried out.
Your home contents insurance will probably cover the cost of stolen items, but no amount of money can replace sentimental items such as heirloom jewellery and other valuables you may have inherited. Yes, you can replace a TV quite easily with no lasting sense of loss, but if your laptop, with all your family photos and videos on it was taken there’s no way of getting these back (unless you have backed up your data or you use cloud storage).
The psychological impact of suffering a home break-in should not be underestimated. Your home is somewhere you are supposed to feel safe, and the victims of burglaries will tell you that the mental aftershocks of a burglary can cause a lot of problems. There is the immediate sense of an invasion of privacy, and it may be difficult to spend time in the rooms that have been most badly affected. Even when everything is cleaned up and put right, it’s hard to shake the mental image of your home in a ransacked state.
At night, any small sound or movement outside can trigger a panic that the burglars have returned to the scene of the crime, and this is something that can really negatively affect children, as they will be quite scared after a burglary. Adults aren’t immune to this panic either, so it is worth considering the cost of counselling, or of taking time off work to recover mentally from a burglary (as well as the impact on your children). Now would be a good time to think about whether it’s worth installing an intruder alarm.
As an NSI Gold Standard supplier we have installed thousands of systems at homes and businesses across the Midlands, and we’re very experienced in designing systems around the needs of each individual client. Our business is keeping you secure, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands with us. We will ensure your alarm system is kept in full working order and we’re also available 24/7 for emergency call outs.
So, if you’re thinking about getting an intruder alarm or home CCTV make sure you’ve factored in all the financial and emotional costs of falling victim to burglars when you make your decision. We think you’ll find that the peace of mind far outweighs any financial outlay when it comes to keeping your family safe.