New Jersey Home Security Systems
In the first six months of 2011 (the most recent crime statistics available), overall crime in New Jersey increased by 2%, according to New Jersey State Police records. In particular, crimes that tend to increase during difficult economic times -- such as robberies, motor vehicle theft, and burglaries -- all increased, with the number of motor vehicle thefts rising by 20% and residential burglaries rising by 10%. The counties where crime increased the most were Warren (14%), Essex (11%), Cape May (10%), and Cumberland (9%), according to NJ.com and NJ.gov.*
The good news is that crime rates in New Jersey -- for both violent and non-violent crimes -- are lower than the national average. The only crime that had a higher rate than the national average was robbery, and the difference was very slight.
Burglary and Property Crime Statistics
The total number of property crimes in New Jersey in 2010 was 183,643, which was a 5% increase over 2009 numbers. There were 38,794 burglaries in New Jersey in 2010, a 5% increase over the 2009 rate. That averages out to just over 106 burglaries per day across the state.
Nationwide, a burglary occurs approximately every 15 seconds, and 88% of burglaries are residential in nature, with the rest being mostly business or car burglaries. The most commonly targeted items in home burglaries are things that are small and valuable, like cash, jewelry, watches, and electronics.
Helping to Lower Your Risk of Home Burglary
Approximately 87% of home burglaries are considered preventable. In fact, 4% of burglars enter through an unlocked door, so the simple act of locking up consistently can help prevent burglaries. Nearly 80% of burglars enter a home through the front door, back door, or a ground floor window.
There are numerous things the average homeowner can do to help protect against burglary. Here are a few:
- Locking up is far more effective if you have deadbolt locks on all exterior doors, including the door between your house and garage.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting over your driveway and walkways and cut back bushes and vegetation near ground floor windows, porches, and doors.
- Keep valuables out of view from ground floor windows.
- Consider installing a home security system.
Burglary and Home Security Systems
Many New Jersey residents have discovered how affordable and effective ADT monitored home security systems are. These home security systems are technologically advanced and are designed to contact authorities immediately and automatically when a break-in is detected.
Installing an ADT monitored home security system in your home may also save you up to 20% on your homeowners' insurance premiums.
An estimated three out of every four homes will be broken into over the next 20 years, but with common-sense home security measures and the use of monitored home security systems, this does not have to be the case.
If you are interested in finding out more about installing an ADT monitored home security system in your New Jersey home, call 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 across the U.S. In many instances, you can call today and arrange to have your home security system installed tomorrow.