New numbers indicate it’s time to beef up smart home security

If there is a silver lining from the pandemic, it is the decrease in the number of victims of illegal entry with intent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports a 23% drop in 2020 from the previous year for Australia as a whole, the lowest incident rates in 28 years.

But while that sounds good, there are concerns – especially with so many of us keen to get away once things calm down, and those looking to rob homes more eager to line our pockets with ill-gotten gains.

With the likes of Arlo, Belkin, DoorBird, and D-Link offering affordable, cutting-edge smart security devices that let you keep tabs on your home remotely from anywhere, anytime, it seems odd that ABS figures show we still live in an age where 89 percent of respondents are content to lock doors and windows to protect the home, and 59 percent say having gates or a fence around your property is sufficient .

Thankfully, 59% now realize leaving a spare key outside isn’t the smartest decision, although 38% are still sure leaving a light on will scare off pesky bandits, and 33% suggest a dog or other animal is a useful deterrent. . We assume they don’t mean chihuahuas and goldfish.

While all of these ideas are good – even if extremely obvious – only 32% say a security camera is the way to go, and 27% say a security alarm system.

Remember that while the overall numbers may be down, 4% of Australian households – around 423,000 properties – experienced an actual or attempted break-in in the past year. Three quarters of them were residential and 62% of them had stolen property.

Going back to 2019-20, when there were 238,100 successful burglaries, 12% of victims had contact with the intruder.

That’s exactly the kind of thing smart home security is designed to stop. So lock your doors and windows, but add smart home security if you really want peace of mind.

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