Study: Homeowners Have Gotten Lazy About Security

Home with open garage door

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Homeowners may have developed some bad home security home habits during the pandemic. They’re realizing it as they plan excursions, according to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers from Vivint, a smart home and security company.

Forty-two percent of respondents say concern over their home’s security while away was one of the leading reasons for anxiety over leaving home to travel. That is even higher than the 39% who expressed anxiety about getting COVID-19 while traveling, the survey finds. Younger Americans are more likely to feel this way than those who are in their 30s or 40s. Also, people living in urban areas showed more concern about their home’s safety while traveling.

The most common bad home security habits that respondents reported they’ve taken since the pandemic are leaving windows open and unlocked while home and leaving outside doors open or unlocked while still at home.

A chart showing the various "bad habits" of homeowners when it comes to home security.

A separate survey found that 26% of people don’t lock their doors when they were at home, despite findings that show most burglaries occur when someone is around, Vivint researchers found. The average cost of a home burglary is $2,661.

About 40% of Americans admitted to not doing their proper due diligence when it comes to protecting their homes before heading off on vacation, the survey found.

Vivint highlights some of the most popular home safety practices while away.

A chart showing home protection measures taken while traveling