Do Home Security Systems Deter Crime?

Home Security Systems Deter Crime

In Canada, a residential break-in happens every 90 seconds! More than 80% of these break-ins occur during daylight hours. Most of these illegal entries are made by amateur burglars entering through a basement or ground floor door/window with speed and force. No wonder more and more homeowners are expressing interest in home security systems. Before you install a system, it’s natural to wonder if it will actually deter crime. The answer is a resounding YES!


  • A study done by Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice showed that residential burglar alarm systems decrease crime in homes and in a city. The results demonstrated that neighbourhoods, where security systems were densely installed, had fewer incidences of burglaries than neighbourhoods with fewer alarms. 
  • UNC Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology surveyed 422 burglars and found that most burglars took outdoor security cameras and other surveillance equipment into consideration when choosing a target. 60% of criminals said they’d choose another target if they detected an alarm and 50% said they’d leave immediately if they found an alarm system during the burglary. 
  • 24 hour monitored alarm systems have been shown to reduce the chance of a break-in and, if a break-in does occur, reduce the amount of property stolen. 
  • A survey of ex-convicts conducted by Unlock on behalf of the Co-op Insurance company determined that cameras and barking dogs are the top two reasons criminals opt-out of breaking into a home. 


Whether you’re considering a single camera near the front door or a fully integrated and monitored system, home alarm systems do protect your property from being targeted by criminals. They’re a smart investment, providing peace of mind and increased safety. Keep yourself, your loved ones, and your valuables safe and secure. Invest in a home security system.


Interested in installing a security system in your home? Have questions about smart security options? Contact SMART | Home Security. We’re a Calgary-based company partnering with ADT by TELUS, Canada’s leading provider for advanced home security systems. Call us at 587-800-1542. We’ll help you develop a customized home security plan. 

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