ADT Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I need a Security System?

If you're on the fence about whether to get a home security system, statistics show why having one could benefit you.

In the U.S., one out of five homes experience some type of home invasion, and one burglary occurs in the U.S. every 10 seconds, for a total of more than 8,600 burglaries per day. A Greenwich Study of Residential Security reports that homes without a security system are 2.7 to 3.5 times more likely to be victims of a burglary. A 2005 FBI study reported that the average burglary results in $1,725 in losses. But despite these statistics, only 14 percent of U.S. residents have a home security system.

You don't want to leave your home vulnerable without a home security system, which may help deter burglars and can notify emergency services for you if needed. According to the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, nine out of 10 convicted burglars would avoid a home protected by a security system. A home security system can help you in the case of a burglary and possibly even help prevent one from happening in the first place.

Helps Protect You and Your Family

The fact that your home may be broken into, particularly while you or your family are at home, can be an unsettling thought. But when you have a monitored home security system, you can rest easier knowing that should something happen, someone is there to help you. This can help protect your family in the case of an emergency or dangerous situation.

Helps Protect Your Pets

You may think that having a dog is a security system itself. However, a dog may not be able to handle every situation, and if something does happen, your pet cannot contact anyone to send help. Also, sometimes burglars may harm pets or steal them, so having a home security system that may help deter burglars means you help protect your pets as well.

Helps Protect Your Home

Aside from burglaries, a security system may also help protect your home from fires or carbon monoxide infiltration, as security systems can include detectors for these types of emergencies. Having a monitored security system means that when these detectors sound, they can notify your alarm monitoring company who then can notify the appropriate emergency services.

May Reduce Your Home Insurance Premiums

When you own a home, homeowners insurance is just one of the many monthly expenses that comes with it. But having a monitored home security system could help reduce your premiums. According to The Insurance Information Institute, a home security system may help you save up to 20 percent on your monthly homeowners insurance. A home security system may be an investment, but it is one that could pay off in the long run.

While you do have an initial setup cost and monthly payments, having a home security system can end up being a worthwhile investment. When it comes time to make a decision, keep these statistics and benefits in mind to ensure you do what's best for your home and family.