Alabama Home Security Systems
In the state of Alabama, the violent crime rate is higher than the national average by just over 13%. Alabama's property crime rate is also higher than the national property crime rate by approximately 34%, according to CityRating.com and Alabama.gov.*
In 2011, 50,427 burglaries were reported across the state of Alabama, which averages out to just over 138 burglaries per day statewide. There were approximately 23% more burglaries in 2011 than in 2010.
Property Crime and Burglary in Alabama
Property crimes include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In 2011, there were 171,028 property crimes reported in the state of Alabama, a 7% increase over 2010 numbers. On average, over 468 property crimes per day are committed in Alabama.
In 2011, of the 171,028 property crimes that were reported, a total of 34,415 were cleared. This makes a clearance rate of around 20%. The total value of property stolen in 2011 was $467,782,233, and only 7% of stolen property was recovered.
Burglary Statistics for Alabama
Burglaries occur most often in the second half of the year, with July, August, and December being the months when the most burglaries are reported. Of the 50,427 burglaries reported in 2011, 7,360 were cleared. This works out to a clearance rate of 15%.
Approximately two-thirds of burglaries involved forced entry, and approximately two-thirds of burglars entered through a door. Windows were the point of entry in 22% of burglaries.
For the five years covering 2007 through 2011, on average 45,751 burglaries were reported annually, with an average of 5,297 burglaries cleared, for an average clearance rate of 12%.
When property is stolen, the numbers say that it is unlikely to ever be returned, and it is equally unlikely that the person responsible will be prosecuted. Clearly, prevention of burglary is preferable to dealing with the aftermath.
How You Can Help Prevent Burglaries
There are many common sense steps Alabama residents can take to help prevent burglaries:
- Make sure everyone in the household locks up consistently. Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and the door leading from your house into your garage.
- Motion-sensor lighting over driveways and walkways is another measure that makes things harder for burglars.
- When you travel, use light timers to make it look as if someone is at home. Have mail and newspapers collected so there is no tip-off that nobody is home.
- Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.
The Latest Home Security Systems
Monitored home security systems are affordable, effective, and easy to operate. They automatically alert the monitoring center when a break-in is detected, and the authorities are notified immediately.
ADT monitored home security systems are great for single people who return to an empty house, families with busy schedules, and older adults who want to preserve their independence. These home security systems install quickly and without disruption to your décor or your schedule.
If you are interested in learning more about ADT monitored home security systems, call us at Protect Your Home. Protect Your Home is the number one ADT Authorized Premier Provider in the U.S. with over 150 installation centers nationwide. Next-day installation can be arranged in many cases, for ultimate convenience. You don't have to wait to enjoy the peace of mind that a monitored home security system provides.