Home-security systems aren’t just for the wealthy. Here’s how to choose one.

In 2016, there were an estimated wpid-Free-Home-Security-Survey-with-Era.15015109871,053,000 home burglaries in the United States, according to FBI data. That means there’s a burglary about every 30 seconds.

These numbers alone help build the case for implementing a good security system in your home, but they aren’t the only reason for the urgency. After all, burglars don’t discriminate.

“Criminals are creatures of opportunity and wherever there’s an opportunity to strike, they will, be it in a big city or small suburb,” says Lee Walters, founder of FortifyMyHouse.com, a home-security education website. Translation: Even if you feel like you live in a “safe neighborhood,” you ought to have some type of security system.

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