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Home Security

How much do you know about having a home security system? Would installing a security system in your home actually benefit you? Are there other advantages, besides safety, to having a home security system? The following five-question quiz will give you the answers to those questions and help you decide if a home security system is right for you. After answering the questions, scroll to the bottom of the page for the correct answers and more information.

1. What percentage of American households have a security system?

(a) 65%
(b) 10%
(c) 25%
(d) 45%

2. True or False: If there is any metal construction in a home, a wireless system won't work.

(a) True
(b) False

3. Approximately how many American homes are burglarized each day?

(a) 6,000
(b) 500
(c) 3,000
(d) 15,000

4. The majority of home burglaries occur between the hours of:

(a) 9:00 pm and 5:00 am
(b) 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
(c) 5:00 am and 12:00 pm
(d) 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

5. True or False: Most insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners who have a security alarm.

(a) True
(b) False

1.
(c) 25% of American homes have a home security system; only one quarter of American homes are protected by a home security system, despite a recent survey showing the majority of homeowners believe that having a system is effective in deterring burglaries.

2.
(b) False. It's true that radio waves cannot pass through metal, but a home would have to have steel walls, steel-plated floors, a sheet metal roof, iron support beams, and an aluminum staircase to prevent a wireless security system from working.

3.
(a) Approximately 6,000 American homes are burglarized each day. Every two and a half minutes a burglary takes place in the United States. The installation of a home security system is an effective precaution against being burglarized, because a home without a security system is 2.2 times more likely to be burglarized than a home protected by a home security system.

4.
(b) The majority of home burglaries occur between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. During the day, burglars can easily work unnoticed, since most adults are at work and children are at school, leaving neighborhoods practically deserted.

5.
(a) True. Installing a
security systems is a great way to save as much as 10% from your insurance company, and many offer even greater discounts when your home security system is monitored by a professional monitoring company.