How home security affects mental health

October 4, 2016 ◄ Back

With one in eight victims of a burglary never recovering emotionally from the incident, it’s clear there is a link between the security of our homes and mental health. This has little to do with the theft of personal possessions either; it’s about the invasion of privacy. When we’re made to feel vulnerable, it’s more than just our physical selves and belongings that are under threat. 

Throughout our lives, we rely on our homes above anywhere else to offer us a place of sanctuary. If something happens which might compromise this, whether it’s a home intrusion or a lack of appropriate security equipment, the psychological impact can be severe.

Understanding the relationship between your home and mental health can help you protect both.

Feeling unsafe at home can be a cause of depression

Not all feelings of anxiety or depression have instantly identifiable triggers. For residents living in particularly disruptive or high crime areas, they can build up over a long period of time. Concerns such as the fear of a break-in, or vandalism to the home, can start to eat away at a person’s mental health.

For example, residents of blocks of flats which lack security technology such as entry systems can feel particularly unsafe. In these buildings, anybody can gain access to their front door or take control of stairwells or corridors.

The resulting tensions and anxieties invariably interfere with sleeping patterns and negatively impact the duration and quality of rest. Sleep, as numerous studies have shown, is deeply connected to mental health, and any disturbances can increase the risk of conditions like depression.

Without a sense of security, residences can become isolated

We are naturally social beings, and loneliness and isolation have been scientifically proved to be detrimental to our outlook on life.

How safe we feel in our homes can play a significant role in the way we interact with our friends and the local community. Without adequate security protection, homeowners can find leaving their home just as anxiety-inducing as staying inside. This can rapidly lead to a collapse in neighbourhood integration and involvement, leaving residents feeling even more secluded.

A study by The National Well-Being Programme earlier this year showed that strong communities “are more likely to deliver higher rates of social and civic participation… and improved physical and mental health among its inhabitants.”

In order to tap into these vital social support systems, homeowners must first make sure their homes, belongings and families are properly protected. Banham have made safety a priority for nearly a century, and we believe all homeowners should do the same.

 

If you would like to discuss the issues raised with our Sales and Survey Team please contact us on 020 762 5151 or email Security@banham.com

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