All too often, people don’t think about home security until after something happens. Nobody should have to arrive home to find their space violated and many of their things gone. It is a scary and disconcerting experience whose negative effects can span far beyond having to replace stolen possessions. The emotional toll of a break in can often be just as great, if not greater, than the financial impact. I know because I have been through it. While I was lucky that I had good renters insurance so my stolen goods were replaced without a major financial impact, the sense of violation and fear that lingered was almost crippling. I learned the hard way that you can loose so much more through theft than your belongings. The thought of than uninvited person being in my personal space haunted me, and the thought that I could have been home when it happened was even more frightening.
This is why I recommend that anyone who owns or rents a house install a good home security system. Don’t be fooled into thinking that everything will be fine as long as you have your stuff insured. While having insurance is a great idea, it should not be your only line of defense. It would have been even worse to have gone through all the emotional turmoil of my break-in and then had to deal with the additional cost of replacing everything that had been stolen, but preventing the incident in the first place would have been so much more preferable. Simply having a security system installed has been shown to be a major deterrent to robbers. A lot of the time they will simply move on to an easier mark.
There are a ton of great home security systems out there. Finding one that fits your needs and budget may be a bit of a challenge depending on how much you are able to spend, but trust me it is worth it. Looking back I would have happily paid whatever I could to not have gone through the extensive period of being uncomfortable in my own home that I had to experience. The person who broke into my house was never caught, but now I know if they or anyone like them ever comes back to try to put me through that hell again, they won’t find my home to be an easy target. I don’t exaggerate at all when I say knowing that my home is protected by a great security system now is what lets me sleep comfortably through the night. Don’t go through what I did, protect yourself from loosing both your physical property and your emotional well being.