We all know how important our safety has become for our homes and belongings we cherish. In Ireland there is always the threat of burglaries and crimes of opportunity in both rural and urban areas.
According to Garda stats Key Crime Trends include:
- Residential Burglary +33% (2021) but remains down -38% (2019)
- Theft from Person +164% (2021) but remains down -46% (2019)
- Fraud Offences overall -2% (2021) but significant increases continue in Online Fraud such as Account TakeOver Fraud (+128%), Accommodation Fraud (+58%). Bogus Tradesman Fraud (+81%) is also increasing.
- Theft/ UT of vehicles show significant increase +77% (2021) and +10% (2019)
Burglary has increased in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 (+33%) but has trended significantly downwards over the long term. Major factors in this downward trend are the commencement of Operation Thor (November 2015) and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic (April 2022). When compared to 2019 (Jan – Jun), reported residential burglary in 2022 (Jan – Jun) was 36% lower and burglary elsewhere was 44% lower.
In Ireland, there are a variety of home security systems available, each with their own features and prices to suit . These often include pre-installation, activation, and installation fees. Prices will depend on the service you’d like and the equipment you’d like. Read on to learn more about home security systems and how they can help you secure your home.
What can alarm systems do for your home security?
Alarm systems can help you protect your home and valuables by alerting local authorities in case of an emergency. Alarm systems can also be used as a deterrent for criminals, because they can detect potentially deadly dangers. These systems can also help protect your family if you’re away from home.
Alarm systems work by arming and disarming installed components, which send alerts when a security zone is breached. Most alarm systems are easy to operate, with touch-screen displays and pass-code programming. They can also work with wireless remote controls, called key fobs, or with voice commands.
Home security systems that are professionally monitored often send alerts to the monitoring station and may try to contact the homeowner via the control panel or an emergency contact number. When power is lost, monitoring services continue to operate using existing home phone lines or wireless cellular radio frequencies. If a fire breaks out or a burglar breaks into the home, the monitoring station will try to contact the homeowner to ensure that they’re not responsible.
While home security systems are a great investment, they can also be expensive. Not installing a home security system can cost you even more money in the long run. In fact, homes without a home security system are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. This is because criminals are opportunistic, looking for the easiest targets. With a home security system, you can sleep easy and worry less about the risk of a break-in.