Illinois Home Security Systems
In 2009, the rate of violent crime in the state of Illinois was higher than the national violent crime average by almost 53%. The state's property crime rate that year was higher than the national average by almost 20%. However, in 2009, the rate of burglaries in Illinois was lower than the national average by about 15%, according to CityRating.com and ISP.State.il.us.*
In Illinois in 2009, crimes against property accounted for approximately 85% of crimes reported. There were 77,850 burglaries in Illinois that year, a number that is down by 1.8% from the 2008 figure of 79,260.
Nationwide, 88% of burglaries are residential burglaries, and the majority of these are crimes of opportunity that occur during the day while residents are away. Around 87% of burglaries are considered preventable, so even though burglary is common, there is much the ordinary Illinois resident can do to help prevent it.
Helping Protect Your Home and Family from Burglary
When casing a home or a neighborhood, burglars look for easy access, the presence of portable, valuable items, and easy escape. When they get inside, burglars typically go for cash, jewelry, electronics, and firearms.
Here are some tips on how you can help make it hard for burglars to get inside your home:
- If you keep large sums of cash in the home or have expensive jewelry, invest in a safe and have it bolted to the floor. Don't leave other valuables where they're clearly visible from downstairs windows. Draw blinds or rearrange furniture so that your valuable electronics and other items are concealed.
- Make sure every exterior door has a deadbolt lock. Your family policy should be that anyone who leaves the house locks up, no exceptions. Only people that you want to have keys to your house should have them.
- Keep tools, bicycles, barbecue grills, and lawn equipment locked in your garage or in a shed with a lock.
- If your front door has windows in it or next to it, use a double key deadbolt. This helps to prevent a burglar from breaking a window, reaching inside, and turning the thumb turn to unlock the deadbolt.
- Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.
Home Security Systems
Residents across Illinois are installing ADT monitored home security systems because they are affordable, and most of all, they are effective. These systems also detect the presence of smoke and fire, for added safety. Installing today's trusted home security systems does not take long, and won't cause major disruption to your schedule or your home décor.
Your home security system comes with an intuitive, LCD screen control panel that lets you arm or disarm your system, and that has two-way instant communication with your monitoring center. You'll also get a passive infrared motion detector and a wireless keychain remote that allows you to conveniently arm or disarm your system, or to contact the monitoring center at the press of a button if you find yourself in danger.
Home security systems can be designed to add an extra layer of safety and security to your home, and is a great investment, whether you're a single person, part of a family with children, or an older or retired person.
If you would like to find out more about the technologically advanced, easy-to-use ADT monitored home security system, call our security experts today. Protect Your Home is the nation's number one ADT Authorized Premier Provider with more than 150 installation centers across the U.S. In many cases, convenient next-day installation is available. Just think: in a few days, you could be enjoying the peace of mind that 24/7 monitored home security brings.