Six facts about burglary and smart home security

Krista Aumüller
08/17/2017 in Know How

Every 18 seconds a burglary takes place in the United States. This makes up nearly 200 burglaries per hour or 4,800 burglaries per day. But the more you learn about the act of burglary, the more you can protect your home and your family.

Below we list 6 facts on break-ins that will help you create a secure smart home security solution for your home.

One in every thirty-six homes were burglarized by 2017

The bad news first: For a burglar, it’s still way too easy to break into a home. The break-in happens in just a matter of minutes. Statistics show that home owners suffer an average loss of $2,230 per break in – totaling $4.7 billion in property losses. The FBI reports that nearly 75% of burgled locations are residential properties.

The good news: Burglars avoid homes with smart home security systems. 60% of convicted burglars said that the installation of a security system influenced their decision to target a different, less secure home.

Smart Home Security Fact #1:
30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window.

Each home can potentially become a crime scene. Especially when unlocked doors and windows are a welcome sign for burglars. But there are more factors than just open windows that lure burglars to their next target:

  • lucky chance: Tilted windows, unlocked doors, easy to find climbing aids such as a ladder
  • safe ‘work place’: Big fences, overgrown trees or bushes as burglars don’t want to be seen.
  • the absence of home owners: No vehicle in the driveway, ringing the door bell and waiting if somebody answers
  • rewarding booty: Visible valuables like jewelry, electronics, and cash
  • careless hints: Posts of pictures from your vacation via social networks

Our tip: Keep an eye on unlocked/opened doors or windows. With a smart home security system, you will be notified of any unsecured windows and/or doors when leaving the home.

Smart Home Security Fact #2:
The combination of lights on and blinds closed can be an attractive location.

Most homeowners try to protect their home by leaving a few lights on during their whole vacation. In addition, they are also closing their blinds in an attempt to dissuade prying eyes. The problem here is that burglars are looking for homes that show these obvious signs of vacancy. It indicates that nobody is home, as the blind position and lights haven’t changed in the last few hours or days- a clear sign of an unattended home.

Our tip: The lighting in a home should go on and off like you would be at home. The same for the shades. A smart home security system can offer you exactly this and therefore dissuades potential bandits. 

Smart Home Security Fact #3:
Burglaries take place between 10 am and 3 pm.

Most burglaries are not during the night – the majority take place during daylight hours. Burglars want to avoid confrontation with home owners, therefore they break-in at times when most people are at work or school.

Our tip: Your home has to be safe 24/7. By using a smart home security system, a burglar will be scared away by a loud alarm sound, flashing lights and up going blinds. You will also get a call on your phone notifying you of the active intrusion. Most intruders say they would leave a home immediately if a security alarm were to go off.

Smart Home Security Fact #4:
Burglars go to the master bedroom first.

Believe it or not, 34% of burglars enter the home through the front door – no matter if it’s locked or kicked in. Once they are in, burglars head straight to the master bedroom to look for valuable items like jewelry, cash, or weapons. They look under mattresses, search through closets, and rifle through nightstands, in a relentless search for valuables.

Smart Home Security Fact #5:
3 out of every 10 burglaries, someone is home.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, during 28% of burglaries, somebody is home. 7% of these victims experienced some type of violent crime.

Our tip: Arm your smart home security system even when going to bed. This way your home and your family will be safe and you would get notified if there would be an incident. You can also set up a switch as a panic button. By pressing it, lights start flashing, alarm sounds, blinds go up, and a phone call is placed to a predefined number.

Smart Home Security Fact #6:
Burglars hate smart home security systems.

60% of burglars avoid homes that have a security system installed – such as a smart home security system. When realizing a security system you often have to buy additional technical stuff. The Loxone Smart Home is different. It uses the existing sensors to protect your home. Motion Sensors and Window and Door Contacts are a key part and used for automated lighting or climate control – but also for security features. Additionally, you can also add your window glass break sensors.

If some unallowed person would enter your home, the Loxone Smart Home would sound an alarm and inform you immediately via your smartphone. And here’s how it works in detail:

3 Alarm Steps within the Loxone Smart Home

A lot of homeowners are concerned about false alarms when using electronic security systems. Not with a Loxone Smart Home. To avoid any false alarm, we recommend defining that at least two motion sensor within a defined time frame needs to register motion. If so, the alarm is set. Additionally, there are three alarm steps:

  • Silent Alarm: E-Mail, Call, or Push Notification to your smartphone, Exterior lights go on.
  • Audible Alarm: The Loxone Music Server will start playing an alarm sound at full volume throughout the whole home.
  • Visual Alarm: Flashing lights, Blinds up – to draw the attention of the neighbors to the presence of a burglar in your home.

4 further security features within the Loxone Smart Home

The Loxone Smart Home offers a lot of security features. Here are our top 4:

1. Panic Button
You have the feeling that somebody is in your home? Push a switch next to your bed and activate the alarm: flashing lights, blinds up.

2. Alarm Zones
You can set up different alarm zones, for example:

  • depending on the floor level: Basement, First level,…
  • Exteriors: While being home, let your home just monitor the exterior. This means window and door contacts or motion sensors to activate the exterior lighting and to scare burglars. Within the home the alarm is not activated – so you can move as always.
  • Complete Solution: If you’re not at home, let the home also monitor the inside of your home.

3. Presence simulation
The Loxone Smart Home pretends that you’re at home. The system learns the way you live and activates the lighting like you would be at home. Even your neighbors won’t know if you’re there or not.

4. All in one App
Want to check in on your home from afar? With the Loxone App you can, for example, check if you’ve left a window open or check who is ringing your door bell. You can also take action directly from the app such as switching off appliances.

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