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Michigan Home Security: What You Need to Know

Michigan's rate of violent crime is higher than the national average … by a whopping 29%. The rate of property crime in the state of Michigan is also higher than the national average (by approximately 17%), according to CityRating.com, SDMMag.com and Michigan.gov*, and the burglary rate is about 7% higher than the national average. None of this is good news for Michigan residents.

Burglary Statistics for Michigan

In 2010, there were a total of 71,810 burglaries reported in Michigan. Of these, 61,225 involved forced entry; the rest did not. On average, nearly 197 burglaries are reported each day in Michigan, and statistically, around 29 of these would not involve the use of forced entry.

Does this mean that 10,585 Michigan burglaries could have been prevented with locks? Not entirely. While many burglaries are committed on unlocked premises, and locking up consistently could help prevent them, some burglaries are committed by people who -- for whatever reason -- have keys to the premises. Other burglars would have used forced entry had they not been lucky enough to find an unlocked point of entry.

The FBI reports that roughly 2.2 million burglaries took place in 2009, with the victims losing an estimated $4.6 billion in property. About a third of these burglaries did not involve force, meaning they could have been prevented by simply locking the property, or changing the locks.*

Burglaries are still one of the most commonly reported crimes, but arrest rates are generally low, and the average loss from a residential burglary is over $2,000.

Home Security Tips for Michigan Residents

There is quite a bit the average Michigan resident can do to help reduce the risk of home burglary. Here are some tips:

  • Install deadbolts on all exterior doors.
  • Keep all ground floor windows locked and make sure valuables are not easily visible.
  • Install motion-sensor lighting over your driveway and any walkways around your house.
  • Consider the benefits of an ADT monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems

ADT monitored home security systems are more affordable than ever and are increasingly popular in middle class households. Any type of household can benefit from a home security system, including single people, families with children, and older or retired people.

ADT monitored home security systems today are technologically advanced, with intuitive control panels, and unobtrusive sensors that go on windows and doors and sound a chime when the window or door is opened. Many security systems also come with handy, keychain-mounted "panic buttons" which are great when a resident needs to summon help immediately.

Are you interested in finding out more about ADT monitored home security systems? If so, call and speak with our security professionals today. Protect Your Home is the nation's number one ADT Authorized Premier Provider with over 150 installation centers throughout the United States. Installation can be done conveniently and quickly, with minimal disruption to your décor and your schedule. In many cases, you can call today and arrange to have installation tomorrow, so you don't have to wait to enjoy the peace of mind that monitored home security systems provide.

 

*Note: All statistics are from www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/michigan/,www.sdmmag.com/articles/87301-nonresidential-burglary-falls-66-percent, www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/property_crime/burglary.html, www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_01.html, www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/2010_Annual_Offenses_By_County_Agency_358718_7.pdf, and www.sdmmag.com/articles/87301-nonresidential-burglary-falls-66-percent