North Dakota Home Security: What You Need to Know
North Dakota enjoys a violent crime rate that is more than 80% lower than the national average, and a property crime rate that is lower than the national average by over 27%. That said, reported burglaries in North Dakota increased by 22% from 2010 to 2011, according to CityRating.com and AG.ND.gov.*
In 2011, 2,227 burglaries were reported in North Dakota, with nearly 55% of them being residential in nature. More than 45% of these burglaries involved forced entry.
Burglary in North Dakota resulted in $2.7 million in property losses in 2011. This averages out to $1,254 per incident in lost property. Only 13% of burglaries in North Dakota were cleared, a rate that is on par with arrest rates for burglary throughout the U.S. But the implication is clear: if you lose property in a burglary, you are unlikely to get it back.
Helping to Lower the Risk of Home Burglary
Fortunately, there is plenty the typical North Dakota resident can do to help prevent burglary. Since 45% of burglaries in 2011 in North Dakota involved forced entry, that means that 55% did not involve forced entry, so burglars either had keys or access codes, or entered through unsecured access points. Take the following steps to help deny burglars easy access to your home:
- If you don't have deadbolt locks on all exterior doors, have them installed and use them absolutely consistently. Keep track of who has keys to your house and whether they have reason to have access.
- "Case" your home from the perimeter and note easy access points. If there is overgrown vegetation where a burglar could easily hide out, trim it back. Adding motion sensor lighting over your driveway and walkways is another smart measure.
- If your front door has windows in it or beside it, consider a double key deadbolt lock. Otherwise, a burglar could break a window pane, reach in, and turn the deadbolt to open it.
- When traveling, use light timers to simulate someone being at home. Have mail collected and your yard maintained to avoid tipping off burglars to your absence.
- Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.
Home Security Systems in North Dakota
An increasing number of North Dakota residents are finding out for themselves how affordable and effective ADT monitored home security systems are. Today's security systems install quickly and are mostly wireless so they do not disrupt your home décor. Security systems come standard with wireless window and door chimes that sound whenever the window or door is opened. Other standard features include an intuitive LCD control panel and a passive infrared motion detector.
The control panel can be used for two-way communication with monitoring center personnel, and systems also include a wireless keychain remote with a "panic button" that can be pressed when immediate danger strikes.
Once a monitored home security system is in place, any time a break-in or fire is detected, the system notifies the monitoring center immediately. The homeowner is notified, and if emergency responders are needed, they are contacted as well. Systems can be customized to include additional IR motion detectors and additional control panels for added convenience.
If you are interested in finding out more about ADT monitored home security system, call and speak with one of our security professionals at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the nation's leading ADT Authorized Dealer and has over 150 installation centers located across the U.S. You don't have to wait long to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your monitored home security system is on duty around the clock.
*Note: All statistics are from www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/north-dakota/ and www.ag.nd.gov/Reports/BCIReports/CrimeHomicide/Crime11.pdf