Home Security Guide: How to Protect Your Home from Burglars

Is your home secure? Do you feel safe in your own house?

I ask because research shows that a home is broken into every 13 seconds. More than 5 homes will have been broken into by the time you reach the end of this page.

But that’s nothing.

By the time you’re done reading every page we have about home security, more than 100 homeowners and renters will know the gross, violated feeling you get only when someone has invaded your personal space.

And that’s not the most disturbing part. What’s even more disturbing is that only 17% of homes in America have home security systems.

Do you know what that means?

That means that 83% of people in America are at risk of things like:

  • Having someone break into your home, invading your privacy and peace of mind.
  • A creepy guy going through your underwear drawer.
  • Your stuff being thrown around and broken. This includes sentimental – and often irreplaceable – items, such as family heirlooms and photos.
  • Having your identity and credit/debit card info stolen.
  • Your family’s safety. What if the burglar has a weapon?

Doesn’t that send a shiver down your spine? Almost as if someone’s looking through your window right now.

Is that why you’re here? Are you one of the 83% of Americans who don’t have home security, but knows they should and are looking for advice for how to do that?

Then you’re in the right place.

What you’ll find below are all the articles we’ve written about home security systems. We also have forms all throughout the site that you can fill out if and when you’re ready to talk to a home security system specialist.

Learn More About Home Security

Here are some articles we’ve written that answer various questions we’ve received about home security.

A Guide to Wireless Systems – Find out how wireless systems work, what your options are, how much they cost, and whether you should get a wired or wireless system.

Best Security Companies – We discuss the different things you need to think about and look for when choosing a security system company. We also link to companies we’ve reviewed and rated.

Different Types of Security Systems – Learn what types of home security systems exist and the pros and cons of each one.

How are Security Systems Installed? – We’ll show you what to think about when the time comes to install your system, or have one installed for you. This includes what equipment you need and whether or not a system – and the process you use to install it – will affect your home’s value.

Options for Renters – Do you rent your home or apartment? Do you want to install a security system, but you’re not sure if you can, should or if it makes sense cost-wise? We answer those questions – and more – here.

Home Security in Your Area – This page covers a variety of topics at a surface level including gun and self protection laws, nationwide burglary statistics, insurance info, and more. This page (will) also links to pages that cover each topic in more detail for each individual US state.

DIY or Professional? – If you’re wondering whether you should install your own security system or have the pros do it for you, this page will tell you what you need to consider before making a decision.