Why are there LESS home security alarms in bad areas?

United States
September 7, 2008 2:37am CST
the nicer neighborhoods every house has a security alarm.. the ghetto no one does.. makes no sense!! unless the house subdivision has a deal with the subcontractors to put in alarms with their houses then wouldnt you think the bad areas of town would have more home alarms since there is more crime?
6 responses
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I'd say it's the cost of the systems monitoring that keeps the lower-income families from getting security systems. Before I was married, I bought a house in a lower-income neighborhood. I wouldn't quite call it a ghetto, but it was pretty bad. I bought it to renovate and sell in order to have the down-payment for a nicer house in a nicer neighborhood that I'd want to settle down in. I got married and had kids while living there. Since I had to toss my husband out on his ear for being stupid (to put it nicely), I was in that house with my two kids and raising them on my very meager income. I literally had NO extra money. If I were to have a security system installed, I would have had to cut something else out of my already too-tight budget. My "security alarm" was my 60 pound border collie/English setter mix. He was an excellent watchdog! There is probably more crime in these areas for two reasons. The first would be that lower-income areas tend to house some undesirable people simply BECAUSE they are cheaper to live in. Second, because most people can't afford the security alarms and are more vulnerable to criminals.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Sadly the bad areas are also the poor ones and the landlords are often slumlords...The tenants cant afford to put them in and the landlords can't be bothered to since they dont really give a crap...
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• United States
9 Sep 08
god i hate slumlords!! i one time rented this apartment from a place that the office (it was a real estate place so not even an apt office) was beautiful and new and everything they showed us was crap except for one place.. we rented it and then the play slowly fell apart and they wouldnt fix anything so i turned them into every government place and news place and all of a sudden everything started getting fixed.. it was a miracle.. haha
@relundad (2311)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Well the truth of the matter is that alarms are basically used to protect things. People in the ghetto normally are on the same level as for material things, so they aren't breaking into each others house, they are going to the nicer neighborhoods and suburbs. Also in the ghetto's there is normally a higher rate of people that are not working during normal work hours when most home robberies are committed. I am assuming that its easier to go to a neighborhood that is less populated with people at home or walking the streets to commit their crimes. Most times when these robberies are committed they are looking for things that their lives would not normally afford them in the traditional manner.
• United States
8 Sep 08
true.. i guess they figure why steal in a poor area and get away with less than go into a better and risk more but get a better payoff
• Malaysia
7 Sep 08
Have you ever thought that it could have been because of cost? Home security systems are not cheap. Think about it.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
neither is replacing all of your things though and repairing damage to your house etc.. yeah it cost some a month (most places are putting the systems and turning them on for free now) but i would think the peace of mind it worth it. i have one of the most expensive but it cost the same as my landline.. less actually.. way less
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Bad neighborhoods tend to be at the lower end of the financial spectrums. Home security alarms tend to be expensive. The reason most homes in bad areas don't have home security systems is because most people in those areas can't afford them.
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@Lejandro (1530)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Apparently that is one factor that makes a neighborhood bad - lack of security. so it is kinda parodoxical. I live in CA and the peaceful upscale have more police security scattered every corner. LA downtown areas may have the most but there are cities here that have high crime rates but recieve less police attention than those expensive cities that have near 0 crime rate. Ironic isn't it? Call it politics. Gooday to you and happy mylotting!