Five Home Security Urban Myths… and the Truth Behind Them

For total peace of mind, don’t believe the urban myths

Urban legends are everywhere. And yes, there are many to with home security. Rather than spread a few more, we’d like to have a go at debunking them instead.

Home security is an emotive topic. You’ll typically hear plenty of anecdotes about burglaries, as well as lots of myths and misconceptions.

Here are a few of the home security myths we’ve encountered and some surprising truths relating to them. We hope you’ll use this knowledge to better protect yourself and your family.

Urban Legend 1: Burglaries happen at night

A scary as this could be, daylight is often when burglars strike

We all know the stereotype of the nighttime cat-burglar, clad in black, hoisting himself up through your open window and rifling through your belongings while you sleep, unaware of their presence.

But burglars don’t just want to avoid being seen. They want to avoid meeting you, the homeowner. That’s why most residential burglaries happen during the daytime when you’re at work.

With smart home security though, you can see exactly what’s going on at home, thanks to video cameras and image sensors that alert you to important activity. Should you miss an alert in an emergency, professional alarm monitoring from Coastline Security, takes care of the situation.

Urban Legend 2: I always lock up, so my house is safe

Locking is good, but it’s not really enough to keep unwelcome visitors away

First, are you sure you always lock up? Many burglaries are simple “unlawful entry,” in which the burglar uses an open door or window. It’s easy to forget when you’re in a hurry—the good news is our smart home security systems (powered by Alarm.com) can let you know.

Second, nearly three-fifths of burglaries are forcible entries, which might involve kicking in a door or breaking a window. It’s easily done. A smart home security system is a great deterrent, however. According to one survey of convicted burglars, four-fifths will check for a security system at a home, with the majority retreating once they discover one. They just don’t have time for distraction.

Urban Legend 3: My dog is all the home security I need.

Very cute (but then I like German Shepherds) but even they get distracted

Nope. Although many burglars prefer to avoid homes with dogs, a dog can be distracted easily and is typically less than reliable.

Urban Legend 4: I don’t own anything worth stealing

Your house is filled with memories, keep them safe and sound

You may not have any collectible art, sports memorabilia or a Ferrari at home. Your roof space may be devoid of gold bars. But that doesn’t mean a burglar would come up empty at your place.

Related: Burglary prevention insights for smart homeowners

The number-one item that burglars look for is simple: cash. They’re also interested in everyday items like jewellery, electronics and even prescription drugs and alcohol, all of which are easy to sell. Even the power tools in your garage can make attractive targets.

Urban Legend 5: Security systems are easy to beat anyway

wireless security alarm system

Cut the phone line and your alarm can’t communicate

While this can be true of systems that rely on a phone line, or that piggyback on a broadband connection, a smart home alarm from Coastline Security can defeat many common burglary tactics.

Our dedicated cellular connection can’t be defeated with wire cutters; with a cellular signal, there’s no wire to cut. A Coastline Security system (powered by Alarm.com) will alert our monitoring station even if an intruder attacks the security panel itself, thanks to Crash and Smash protection.

Want to do your bit to help fight crime in your area? Give Coastline Security a call on 07 865 9008 to have a chat about smart home security. Perhaps you’ve got some questions. You can always send us an email right here.