According to, 200 homes are burglarized every hour across the United States. That amounts to one every 18 seconds. While the crime rate in Tucson has gone down significantly in the last 10 years, these statistics can be frightening. A home security system provides another level of safety to your Tucson home. And many of today's buyers look for homes that already provide a system. But does a home security system increase your chances of selling your Tucson home?

Today's buyers want smart homes. This includes a home security system. But you don't have to break the bank to install one.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Added Resale Value

Search Tucson homes for saleLike I said before, buyers want Tucson properties that include a home security system. Whether that's an elaborate system or simply installing motion sensor lights above the garage, any added security measures appeal to today's buyers. Modern home security systems cost less than you might think. PC Mag recently reviewed several products on the market to find the best home security system for 2018. The ones they chose as "the best" range from the $49 ADT Pulse to the $549 Vivint SmartHome System. Some systems include a doorbell camera and intercom that sends an alert to your phone whenever someone is at your front door. Then, you can talk to the person even when you're on vacation thousands of miles away.

Reduces Homeowner's Insurance

Another reason to install a home security system is that it reduces your homeowner's insurance. If you financed your Tucson home, the lender more than likely required that you take out a homeowner's insurance policy. Most insurance companies offer discounts as high as 20% when your home includes a security system. That saves you hundreds of dollars per year.

Lowers Neighborhood Crime

A home security system also lowers neighborhood crime. How? Burglars usually work on an opportunity basis. If your property looks like it might raise an alarm about an intruder, the burglar moves on. It's not worth the hassle. This tends to carry over to the rest of your neighborhood as well. When several homeowners install security systems, it increases the safety of your entire community. Safe neighborhoods attract buyers, not thieves.

Saves You Money

Finally, a home security system saves you money in the long run. Even with homeowner's insurance, a burglary costs you. Not only do you pay a deductible, but the psychological toll can be overwhelming. Making your home as secure as possible deters thieves and saves you from the time, money, and mental turmoil involved in putting things right again.

All in all, installing a home security system in your Tucson home provides lasting benefits. This includes becoming more attractive to potential buyers. Do your research on what types of systems are out there. Then, decide what your budget can handle. You'll be very happy you did.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate