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2 Big Screen Home Break-Ins That Could Have Been Avoided

by Alyssa Bates

Home security is of the utmost importance if you wish to protect your valuables. Of course, home security goes above and beyond locking your windows and doors, and yet many homeowners overlook the importance of a home security system. The importance of a security system is often mirrored throughout the media, particularly on the big screen. In fact, there are at least a couple of memorable movie break-ins that could have been avoided had there been a security system in place.

Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

When Hand That Rocks the Cradle first hit the big screen, actress Rebecca De Mornay had movie-goers fearfully running background checks on any nanny they hired to care for their children. Although background checks are a great move, what movie viewers should have done was installed a home security system.

Mrs. Mott, the character played by De Mornay, takes on the name Peyton Flanders as an alias in order to get close to the Bartel family. Mott's goal is to bring pain and suffering to the family, as she blames Mrs. Bartel for her husband's suicide after he was accused of lewd acts. Mrs. Bartel eventually figures out that Mott is not who she says she is. Both Mrs. Bartel and her husband kick Mrs. Mott out of the house and contact the police. However, Mrs. Mott returns and breaks into the house. 

In truth, the Bartels would have been better off if they had a home security system in place. The family would have been aware of the break-in from the moment it occurred, therefore allowing them to prevent any injuries that occurred. Although the chances of a crazed nanny breaking into your home may not seem realistic, break-ins are very real. In fact, home invasions occur approximately every 13 seconds in the US, and homes without an alarm are 300% more likely to experience a break-in.

Red Dragon (2002)

In this psychological thriller, FBI agent and psychologist Will Graham finds that he and his family are centered on by a serial killer named Francis Dollarhyde, a.k.a, "The Tooth Fairy." Dollarhyde breaks into Graham's Florida home and holds his son hostage. Although Graham's wife eventually shoots and kills Dollarhyde, Graham is severely wounded in the process. Of course, the entire ordeal could have been avoided if Graham had thought to protect his home with a security system.

Many advanced security systems can detect when someone enters the home uninvited, whether through a door or window. The system can either alert you that someone has entered your home by sounding off an alarm, or it can contact local law enforcement to come to your aid. Since Graham did not have such a system, his family had to experience an unfortunate and traumatic ordeal.

Although it may seem unlikely that anyone would break into your home to harm you, keep in mind that in 2010, 7% of all burglaries also involved a form of violence toward a household member. In truth, it is far better to play it safe by having a security system installed rather than experiencing the threat of a home invasion.

Safety and security is nothing to play around with. If psychological thrillers teach you anything, it is not to fear the things that go bump in the night, but rather the someone entering your home without your permission. Aside from the safety factor, installing a home security system can reduce your home insurance rates by approximately 5 to 20% depending on the type of system you install.

Contact a professional to learn more about the various ways a home security system can improve the health and safety of your, your family, and your home. A representative, like those at Tele-Plus, will gladly answer any questions you have and even survey your home to determine your best possible security options.