Iowa Home Security Systems

The violent crime rate in the state of Iowa was lower than the national average by nearly 38% in the year 2009, and the state's property crime rate was lower than the national average by just over 2% that same year. In 2008, 15,746 burglaries were reported in Iowa, compared with 15,735 in 2009, for a rate that remained virtually unchanged, according to CityRating.com and DPS.State.IA.US.*

Still, at 15,735 burglaries, it averages out to over 43 burglaries per day statewide. When the entire United States is considered, a burglary occurs, on average, every 15 seconds. In 2009, 2,110 individuals were arrested on suspicion of burglary, for an arrest rate of about 13%. Clearly, when you lose property in a burglary, the chances of your getting it back are slim.Still, at 15,735 burglaries, it averages out to over 43 burglaries per day statewide. When the entire United States is considered, a burglary occurs, on average, every 15 seconds. In 2009, 2,110 individuals were arrested on suspicion of burglary, for an arrest rate of about 13%. Clearly, when you lose property in a burglary, the chances of your getting it back are slim.

However, just because burglary is so common doesn't mean you can't help prevent it. In fact, there are many simple steps that Iowans can take to help protect their home and family from burglary.

Helping to Reduce the Risk of Home Burglary

The first thing burglars look for is easy access. If a home doesn't look like it will be easy to get into, the burglar is likely to look for an easier target. Here are some ways to help make your home less interesting to burglars:

  • Make it a family rule that anyone leaving the house (even if it's only for a few minutes) must make sure all doors and windows are locked.
  • Exterior doors should be outfitted with deadbolt locks. Ordinary locks can be picked by any 10-year-old with a few minutes of training.
  • Cut back shrubbery near downstairs windows, doors, and porches to avoid giving burglars a convenient hide-out.
  • Close blinds to shield valuables from view.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting over your driveway and walkways. A bright floodlight suddenly switching on is often enough to send an intruder fleeing.
  • When you travel, use light timers to make it look like someone is home. Have mail collected and have your yard maintained. Burglars love the sight of an overgrown yard and a full mailbox.
  • Consider the many benefits of installing an ADT monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems in Iowa

ADT monitored home security systems are affordable, convenient, and effective. Any time the system detects a break-in, fire or smoke professionals in the monitoring center are immediately alerted. The homeowner is called, and first responders are summoned when necessary. These monitored home security systems are enjoyed by every type of homeowner -- from the young single person to the head of a busy family to the retired couple that wants to make the most of their senior years.

The systems of today come with great standard features like convenient, intuitive LCD control panels that allow instant two-way communication with the monitoring center. You also get a passive infrared motion detector, window and door chimes that sound whenever the window or door is opened, a window decal and a yard sign.

Your home security system includes a wireless keychain remote that can be used to arm or disarm the system, or to instantly contact the monitoring center if you find yourself in immediate danger.

If you would like to learn more about why Iowans are so enthusiastic about ADT monitored home security systems, call Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home, the nation's leading ADT Authorized Premier Provider with more than 150 installation centers nationwide. Usually, you can call one day and arrange installation for the next. You don't have to wait long or spend a lot of money to enjoy the peace of mind of monitored home security.

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