When it comes to home security, everyone has an opinion. Some people recommend lights, others sensors and some advise not to secure your home at all.
Below we have compiled a list of the WORST home security advice ever given!
Get a dog, they will protect your home
Dogs were bred to work with people and while some get defensive of strangers in their home, most will relax and turn playful if given a treat.
In a survey conducted by the The University of North Carolina at The Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, more than half of the burglars said that the presence of a dog would not deter them.
Of those dogs who did persist to attack the intruder, most were either injured or killed. Channel 5 decided to put some dogs to the test to see how they react to an unknown intruder. Watch the full video below, you might be surprised by the results.
I myself have a 6 month old German Shepherd pup who is being trained as a protection dog by the Red Cross. Despite regular and ongoing training, I wouldn’t expect my dog to protect my home while I’m away. More importantly, I wouldn’t want to put her in harm’s way!
I have no doubt my puppy will protect me if the need arises; that’s where the training comes in. But to me, her life is more valuable than the possessions in my home. To secure my home, I use an alarm system.
Fake Security Cameras Are As Good As The Real Thing
If you really can’t afford to spend more than $5 on your home security, perhaps this is true. For all those who can, this is terrible home security advice!
The logic behind this theory comes from 2 popular statistics often quoted out of context. The first is “a security camera can act as a visual deterrent” and the second is “homes with visible home security systems are 300% less likely to be burgled”. While both of these statements are true, neither apply to fake cameras.
Like a watchmaker can tell you the placement of every cog in a rolex, a burglar can tell the difference between a real and fake security camera. After all, this is how they make their living. If anything, a fake camera tells the burglar there are “unsecured” valuables inside.
A real security system will alert you to an intruder trying to break in which allows you to take action. This is the fundamental purpose of installing one. Without video footage, police cannot prosecute the intruder and are often forced to release them the next day.
We live in a safe neighbourhood, we don’t need home security
It’s great that people feel safe in their homes, however, statistics show that as many as 4 burglaries occur every minute, that’s a burglary every 15 seconds!
If you’re fortunate enough to live in an area where burglaries are uncommon, that’s great! However, leaving it up to chance is not a proactive solution. Burglars are known to scout out new areas when their prospects dwindle. Having a functional security system can be an early warning system to alert you to possible danger.