New research from Signify sheds light on our biggest summer security concerns and how we can alleviate them
Somerset, New Jersey – Every year, we look forward to our summer vacation but stress when it comes to home security. According to a YouGov study, commissioned by Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, most of us (66%) worry about our homes while we’re away and take a variety of measures to keep our property secure.
Young adults doubt themselves, older adults doubt appliances
Nearly half of all respondents (43%) worry about their homes being broken in to when they are on vacation. While young adults (18-24) worry that they have left their doors or windows open (36%) or lights on (26%), only 16% and 10% of older adults (55+) say the same, respectively. Conversely, 23% of older respondents are more concerned about appliances leaking or breaking, or someone else causing harm to their home (25%). The research also shows that young adults are more than twice as likely to double lock their doors when going on vacation (22% vs 9%) than adults aged 55+.
Is anybody home?
Interestingly, over half of people surveyed (53%) arranged for someone to visit their property when they were last away, with nearly a quarter (22%) believing that neighbors are the most effective deterrent to burglars. However, Americans’ most favored security solution, according to the research, is automated lighting (23%), suggesting that they understand the benefits of smart lighting such as away from home control and presence mimicking.