Most home­own­ers will agree about the impor­tance of home secu­ri­ty for pre­vent­ing crimes such as bur­glary and home inva­sion. How­ev­er, not every­body approach­es their home secu­ri­ty in the same way.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, many peo­ple have false notions about what will pro­tect them based on myths that have been long debunked. At PROTECTION PLUS, we have seen these myths con­tin­ue to recir­cu­late for decades. And no mat­ter how often they’re debunked, they return.

In this post, we dis­pel 4 of the most com­mon myths to explain why they’re inef­fec­tive (and which secu­ri­ty mea­sures work instead).

Myth #1: Your dog will protect you.

There’s some par­tial truth to this myth: a bark­ing dog may indeed deter some intrud­ers. But how do you know your dog will bark at all? Can you guar­an­tee your dog will hear an intrud­er who enters through the base­ment or anoth­er part of your home? Addi­tion­al­ly, do you want to place the safe­ty and well-being of your fam­i­ly entire­ly in the “hands” of your pet?

Final­ly, don’t make the mis­take of assum­ing your dog will pro­tect you from a vio­lent crim­i­nal. You can’t pre­dict what will hap­pen when an intrud­er is armed and dan­ger­ous. That’s why it’s impor­tant to have a mon­i­tored home secu­ri­ty sys­tem that alerts you (and the mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter dis­patch­ers) to the first sign of dan­ger.

Myth #2: Burglars only strike at night.

This is not true. 80% of break-ins occur dur­ing day­light hours, accord­ing to fig­ures from insur­ance experts at SGI Cana­da. So if you’re only lock­ing your doors and win­dows at night, you’re leav­ing your­self at risk.

Bur­glars tar­get homes that look unoc­cu­pied dur­ing the day when res­i­dents are at work, school or on vaca­tion. This gives them much bet­ter vis­i­bil­i­ty when enter­ing a home. Plus, it enables them to use numer­ous lies to explain their sus­pi­cious behav­iour if some­one ques­tions them.

Be sure to keep your home ful­ly secured dur­ing the day. Con­sid­er installing an alarm sys­tem with secu­ri­ty cam­eras to deter bur­glars and alert you to any activ­i­ty at your home.

Myth #3: Nice neighbourhoods have less crime.

Don’t con­flate low crime rates with low risk. You may live in a desir­able area with low­er crime rates than oth­er neigh­bour­hoods. But that doesn’t mean your home won’t be the next tar­get.

One rea­son why this myth is so dan­ger­ous is that it cre­ates a false sense of secu­ri­ty. Home­own­ers who assume “it won’t hap­pen here” become lax­er about their secu­ri­ty, leav­ing their doors unlocked and win­dows open. But that’s exact­ly what crim­i­nals are look­ing for.

All it takes is one of those secu­ri­ty mis­steps for an intrud­er to exploit and gain access to your home. This is why every home­own­er needs to be vig­i­lant about their home secu­ri­ty, regard­less of their local crime rates.

Myth #4: If my alarm system is triggered, the police will come automatically.

Not always. Police in Toron­to and sur­round­ing juris­dic­tions require ver­i­fy­ing alarms before respond­ing. This is why it’s impor­tant to install a sys­tem with secu­ri­ty cam­eras that can be used to con­firm a crime in progress so that police response is pri­or­i­tized.

With ALARM‑i, for exam­ple, video ver­i­fi­ca­tion is built into the sys­tem. Every alarm event is cap­tured on cam­era so dis­patch­ers can quick­ly alert the author­i­ties (with footage to ver­i­fy the crime).

Is your home security adequate?

Don’t leave your home secu­ri­ty to guess­work. Request a no-oblig­a­tion secu­ri­ty audit from PROTECTION PLUS to deter­mine if your home has vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that must be addressed.

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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.