Minnesota Home Security Systems
Across the United States, crime rates in all categories have steadily fallen over the past decade. From 2009 to 2010, the burglary rate across the U.S. fell by around 2%. In the state of Minnesota, there were 136,431 property crimes reported in 2010, and of these, 24,415 were burglaries. This number is a slight decrease from the 2009 figure of 25,488 burglaries, according to SDMMag.com, CityRating.com and UCRDataTool.com.*
Burglary Statistics in Minnesota
Burglary is one of the most common crimes in the United States. Approximately 74% of burglaries in the U.S. are residential burglaries, and across the country, a burglary occurs on average, once every 15 seconds.
In Minnesota, the violent crime rate is approximately 35% lower than the national average. That's the good news. The property crime rate, however, is higher than the national average by just over 5%, even though rates of property crimes have fallen.
Burglars look for three things when they choose a house to rob: access, items of value, and an easy getaway. Fortunately, you can do a lot to make access to your home more difficult, and this will often cause a burglar to go elsewhere.
Risk of Burglary in Minnesota
Did you know that in the U.S., approximately 4% of burglars do not use forced entry? That means that the simple act of locking doors consistently can help prevent burglaries. Here are some other tips for helping protect your home and family from burglary:
- If you don't have deadbolts on all exterior doors, get them. Look for ANSI Grade 1 or Grade 2 deadbolts.
- Close drapes or blinds, or rearrange furniture so that your valuables are not easily visible from ground floor windows.
- Cut back overgrown vegetation that could give a burglar cover, and install motion-sensing lighting over your driveway and walkways.
- Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.
Home Security Systems
Home security systems today are monitored around the clock, are technologically sophisticated, and are affordable even for middle class families. But while they are technologically advanced, they are also easy to control with intuitive user control panels. Furthermore, installing today's home security systems does not require lots of holes in walls or major disruption to your schedule during installation.
Any type of household can benefit from monitored home security. In families where one parent travels extensively for work, a home security system can provide everyone with greater peace of mind. Older adults who want to maintain their independence yet who want to be able to easily summon help in the event of a break-in, also find home security systems beneficial. And single people who are anxious about coming home to an empty house find peace of mind from home security systems, too.
If you would like to know more about ADT monitored home security systems, call us at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the nation's number one ADT Authorized Premier Provider with more than 150 installation centers throughout the U.S. This means that you don't have to wait to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having home security that is on duty 24/7.