Massachusetts Home Security Systems

The rate of violent crime in the state of Massachusetts in 2009 was higher than the national average by almost 11%. The property crime rate in Massachusetts, however, is lower than the national average by just over 16%. Though the relatively low property crime rate in Massachusetts is good news, the number of burglaries in Massachusetts went up from 34,514 in 2009 to 37,767 in 2010, according to UCRDataTool.gov, FBI.gov and CityRating.com.*

Nationwide, 87% of home burglaries are considered to be preventable, with 34% of home burglars entering through a home's front door. Though crime rates overall have been dropping steadily, it is estimated that within the next 20 years, three of every four homes in the U.S. will be broken into. Burglary is one of the most prevalent property crimes, but it generally has very low arrest rates. If you lose property in a burglary, your chances of recovering it are slim.

How to Help Prevent Home Burglary

Fortunately, there is a lot that the average Massachusetts resident can do to help prevent home burglary. Did you know that approximately 4% of burglars enter a property through an unlocked opening? That means that many home burglaries could be prevented simply by consistent use of deadbolt locks. Here are some more tips on how you can help protect your home and family from burglary:

  • Make it a family policy that anyone who leaves the house vacant locks all exterior doors upon leaving, even if they are only going to be gone "for a few minutes." Lock all doors before going to bed at night. Make sure all windows are locked too.
  • Leave lights on when you go out and will return after dark. When traveling, use light timers to make it appear as if someone is at home.
  • When you're going to be gone for several days or weeks, arrange to have your mail and papers collected and your yard mowed. Burglars specifically look for overgrown lawns and stuffed mailboxes when casing a neighborhood.
  • Lock up yard care tools, other tools, bicycles, and barbecue grills either in your garage or in some other structure that locks.
  • Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.

ADT Monitored Home Security Systems

Increasing numbers of middle class households in Massachusetts are installing ADT monitored home security systems in their homes. These security systems are affordable, and most importantly, they are effective. Today's home security systems have intuitive control panels that give you one-touch access to police or other first responders. They also come with two-way voice communication with the monitoring center to verify emergencies and notify the monitoring center of false alarms.

Another feature of the security systems of today that homeowners love is the wireless keychain remote control that allows instant access to the monitoring center. These are great if an emergency puts you in danger, because all you have to do is push a button to instantly alert a monitoring professional.

Other popular features of monitored home security systems include passive infrared motion sensors, wireless door and window sensors that cause chimes to ring whenever a door or window is opened, and lawn signs and window decals to let burglars know they should go somewhere else. Today's best security systems also come with battery backup, so that your security system will function for up to 24 hours after a power outage.

Are you interested in finding out more about ADT monitored home security system? If so, why not call today and speak with one of our professionals at Protect Your Home. Protect Your Home is the nation's number one ADT Authorized Premier Provider with more than 150 installation centers nationwide. In many cases, you can call today and have a security system installed tomorrow. Just think: in a few days time you could be enjoying the peace of mind that comes from having 24/7 ADT monitored home security.

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