Protecting Your Assets at Home

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Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:11am

Burglaries aren’t as uncommon in the United States as most people think. Every 14.6 seconds, a burglary happens in the United States, with nearly two-thirds of burglaries happening to residential structures. Here’s one more alarming statistic: every year, 2 million American homes and businesses are burglarized.

As the statistics above make clear, burglary is a major problem in the United States. Burglary is probably going to become a more prevalent crime in the future, however. With state and local governments reducing the number of police on the streets, communities are less secure than they once were. If authorities will be less capable of responding to you in a timely fashion in the near future, you will need another way to protect your possessions. Custom safes are one tool you have available for securing your valuables.
 
Locking your doors and windows before you leave your home, hiding your spare keys in unusual or unexpected hiding places, and equipping your home with outdoor lighting are all vital steps to help you secure your valuables. But these measures won’t protect your home from a determined or skilled thief. You need to have some way of thwarting a burglar in the unfortunate event they gain entry to your home. Custom safes can give you a way to do that.

Custom Safes
A lot of consumers are adverse to the idea of installing custom safes in their homes. They think these are more likely to attract unwanted attention than thwart would-be burglars. But custom safes can be made to any size or appearance specifications. They can be made to blend in with their environment and be inconspicuous.

Home Security Systems
There is another point to consider when you are thinking of ways to secure your home’s treasures and assets: cost. Home security systems can be relatively costly and they aren’t as effective as they claim to be. The average home security system costs around $1,000. That may not seem like an enormous investment, given the peace of mind these systems can provide.

Unfortunately, unlike custom safes - which are sure to protect your possessions - home security systems can be faulty. A study of burglary victims found that, more than 40 percent of the victims who had home security systems in place saw those systems fail when they were being burglarized. The sad truth is that many burglars have found ways to circumvent these systems. And even if your home alarm system does register a break-in, there’s no reason you should expect authorities to respond to it. The Los Angeles Police Department requires you to confirm that your home is being burglarized into when your home alarm system registers a break-in.

All this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t purchase a home alarm system. It just means that, if you want to be sure your valuables are being protected; you need to invest in custom safes. These can do more than simply alert overstrained authorities that your home is being burglarized: they can ensure that criminals who do gain access to your home don’t end up also getting access to your possessions.   

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