This is alarming. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the average police response time to almost 50% of home invasions is between 11 minutes and 1 hour. An additional 12% are responded to within 24 hours! In fact, only around 14% of home invasions receive a response in less than 5 minutes.
Now this is not a knock on the police. My uncle is actually a Chief of police department so I have some idea what they're up against these days. It's simply a matter of resources. But it calls into question the conventional wisdom (and marketing) of many home alarm and security companies.
Think of it this way. Let's assume your alarm is set (which studies show doesn't happen as often as it should) and your alarm is triggered. If your system is professionally monitored and you're not at home the monitoring company contacts the police on your behalf. They report a "suspected" intrusion. Now, where do you think a suspected intrusion falls on the priority list of strapped police departments? Even if you are lucky enough to get the fast response, you're talking several minutes.
Of course, if a thief does enter your home the sound of your alarm should deter further action, that is assuming the thief isn't also familiar with the above mentioned stats. But the bottom line is that the best chance you have to avoid being a victim of home invasion is to deter the invasion in the first place. The alarm companies know this, that's why you get stickers and signs for your $35 monthly fee.
One of the best deterrents to theft is to mimic human activity in the home. Outdoor lights should go on at night and turn off in the day, while lights indoors should go on and off in different rooms as if there is someone moving around. Having music or a TV on during certain hours can also be a good deterrent. We also know this, and it's one of the reasons why we created Oomi.
With the Oomi Home Kit you get everything you need to help deter a would be thief. You can:
- Automate and control lights and electronics with your Oomi Bulbs and Oomi Plug
- Sound an alarm if unexpected motion is detected
- Receive notifications to your phone if you're away
- Use Oomi Cube camera to confirm it's not a false alarm or record the source of that unexpected motion.
And you can do all of this in about 5 minutes. Because with Tap-and-Touch, setting up your Oomi system and accessories is insanely easy. Just tap the two devices together and you're on your way. If you want to make your system more robust, adding additional accessories is just as easy. No one to call, no appointment to wait for, and no monthly fees to rack up.
Oh, and the best part? When you're not using Oomi for security you can enjoy all the benefits and convenience of a smarter, connected home. Try that with your security system. Or don't. We'd rather you got Oomi instead.