How do you protect your home when you go away?


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, half of the residents we polled own security systems, but a surprisingly high number (47%) don’t always activate them when they leave the house. What some respondents do is rely on neighbors to help out when they’re gone.

How about you? What actions do you take to keep your home safe when you’re gone?

Which (if any) of these types of security systems do you have that are activated to protect your home?

Total OR
22 21 A locked and secured main entrance if you live in an apartment or condo
15 14 A security system that protects your individual home that is monitored by a paid security firm
12 11 Security or surveillance cameras that are mounted in your home or around your property
10 11 A security system that protects your individual home that is monitored by your own household
10 11 A security gate that requires a code to gain access to a housing community
3 2 Other
47 47 None
2 2 Don’t know

Which (if any) of these types of security systems do you have that are activated to protect your home? (Underlined percentages are significantly higher.)

Oregon
Males Females
25 17 A locked and secured main entrance if you live in an apartment or condo
17 11 A security system that protects your individual home that is monitored by a paid security firm
11 11 Security or surveillance cameras that are mounted in your home or around your property
15 7 A security system that protects your individual home that is monitored by your own household
16 7 A security gate that requires a code to gain access to a housing community
3 1 Other
38 57 None
1 3 Don’t know

How regularly does your household activate the alarm system if nobody is going to be home? (Based on those who have a security system monitored elsewhere or by someone in the home.)

Total OR
53 52 Always
20 18 Usually
12 12 Sometimes
10 11 Rarely
3 6 Never
2 1 Don’t know

When you know that you’re going to be away from your home for a while (and nobody will be home), which of the following do you do to enhance the protection of your property)?

Total OR
58 59 Tell your neighbors that you’ll be gone and ask them to keep an eye on your home
34 36 Leave a key or access code with a friend or neighbor and ask them to check on your home
27 25 Leave a parked car in your driveway so it looks like someone is home
26 26 Use a timer to turn different lights on and off so it looks like someone is home
20 21 Ask a friend or associate to stay at your house (without pay)
20 16 Leave a radio or TV on so it sounds like someone is home
9 10 Pay someone to stay at your home
13 12 None of the above

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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