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While compiling information for our monthly One Source Security email newsletter, I included the notion that property crime logically increases during times of recession.  Please note that violent crimes, as opposed to property crimes, have historically not been affected by recessions. 

The graph above is generic and does not reflect crime stats mentioned in this article.

Desperation breeds it.  People that otherwise wouldn’t have ever pondered stealing, do what they must in order to get by.  And career criminals don’t let up either.

Recently, a reversal of that trend/notion has taken place during this current recession, and years leading up to it, in fact.

But you shouldn’t let this news prevent you from having a security system installed, or from keeping your current burglar alarm monitoring in tact.  Actually, it is the very fact that people have burglar alarm systems that makes them less likely to be broken into.

Consider the following:

  • According to the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, approximately 17% of homeowners have an alarm system.  So if you have one installed, a thief is likely to ignore your house and move on to the next one where there is not likely to be a system.

  • According to the Greenwich Study of Residential Security, homes without systems are 2.7 to 3.5 times more likely to burglarized, and being close to a highway entrance or exit (one-third of a mile or less) also increases the chances of a home burglary.

  • Another study by the National Burglar and Fire Association indicated that 9 of 10 convicted burglars claimed they would not steal from a house with a monitored alarm system.

Recent data from the FBI's website back up the fact that property crimes are decreasing in recent years during the current relatively poor economy.

According to their site, there were an estimated 9,320,971 property crimes in the U.S. in 2009.  Burglary was the second most common property crime.  It trailed larceny-theft approximately 68% to about 24%.

These figures were not only smaller than prior years, but continued to decrease in 2010 and 2011.

So you may not want to be one of the 80+ % of households that don’t have an alarm system, regardless of the economy.  Clearly, it’s impossible to guess if you’re ever going to be broken into, and you never know when your house is being considered or “cased” by a burglar.  So reduce the odds and have a security system installed.


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