How To Keep Your Home Safe From Break Ins

ADT Security 'Secure Homes Report' reveals the true cost of a break in

The impact of a burglary far surpasses the cost of replacing stolen items or damaged property, as research by ADT Security reveals break-ins cause anxiety in 34% of victims.

The inaugural Secure Homes Report, which surveyed 2000 homeowners and renters in both metropolitan and regional Australia, also reveals that 40% of victims experienced reduced trust levels, 16% experienced sleeping problems and 8% were no longer able to be at home alone following break-in or burglary.

"A home break-in can be a frightening and emotional experience for any homeowner or tenant", said Mark Norton, Managing Director of ADT Security Australia. "Not only do those affected have to bear the cost of replacing stolen goods and fixing breakages, victims also report feelings of insecurity, violation and anger. Furthermore, many stolen items are irreplaceable or of sentimental value, adding to their emotional distress."

Those affected by a break-in know that burglars don't just steal belongings; they can steal a person's identity. Although theft and vandalism to property are key concerns for 62% of respondents, almost an equal number (60%) highlight the possibility of identity fraud as a major concern.

With people storing more and more personal information at home and on personal laptops, the opportunity for identity theft is increasing. Respondents identified personal records (75%) and personal computers/laptops (69%) as the two items they would be most concerned about being stolen. Gen Y is most concerned about the theft of their personal computer/laptop (74%).

Jewellery (28%), cash (33%) and home theatre equipment (22%), typically viewed as the most attractive items for burglars to steal, featured much further down the list.

According to the research, the majority of Australians are aware of the need for home security, with 93% utilising the trusted lock and key approach. Typically, more advanced solutions were used by those who have previously been the victim of a break-in.

"It's the case of once bitten, twice shy, with 65% of break-in victims reporting they upgraded their security measures following an incident", said Mark.

As an additional measure, he recommends homeowners and renters consider a monitored home alarm system.

"Monitored alarms have been shown to be one of the most effective home security measures as they act as a visual deterrent, help to offer a high level of protection and give people confidence that they will receive a professional response to an activated alarm - whether they are at home or not.

"Traditionally, wired alarm security systems were a preferred option for people who own their own home, however, there are now also portable, IP based, wireless monitored alarm systems available for renters and the fast growing number of households without fixed landlines."

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Posted by JustinaReport
Its one thing to have have your home invaded while you're away but do you or can you do if it happens while you're in your home.We had spent lots of money to decorate our house for Xmas with lights because of our kids and also because we have neigbours with little ones who been in hospital since they were born with serious illnesses, and the xmas lights brought joy to alot of people, but 2 years ago while we were sleeping all our lights got ripped out litterally, and we had a xmas party for kids the next day, very dissapointing. Last year we only decorated only backyard, but its not the same. Idea's please, someone jokingly said small electric shock when they touch the lights, :) not funny! Our friends and neighbours miss the lights but its not worth it if they get destroyed.