New Mexico Home Security Systems
Though crime rates in the state of New Mexico are showing a general downward trend, the violent crime rate in New Mexico was higher than the national average violent crime rate by over 76% in 2009, and the state's property crime rate exceeded the national average by nearly 57%. In 2009, the burglary rate in New Mexico was more than 50% higher than the national average, according to CityRating.com, DisasterCenter.com and DPS.NM.org.*
There were 21,955 burglaries reported in New Mexico in 2009, and 21,014 burglaries reported in 2010, for a drop of about 4.5%. In New Mexico, like in the U.S. as a whole, burglary is one of the most common crimes.
Help Reduce Your Risk of Home Burglary
But just because burglary rates are high doesn't mean New Mexico residents simply have to resign themselves to it. There are numerous common sense steps that New Mexico residents can take to help protect their homes and families from burglary.
Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity that occur during the daytime when residents are at work or school. Primarily, burglars look for easy access to residences. Burglars also look for evidence of the presence of small, valuable items -- like electronics, cash, jewelry, and firearms. Here are some tips for helping to deny burglars the easy access they want:
- Use deadbolt locks on every exterior door of your home. Ordinary locks are hardly any deterrent at all. Make it a family policy that anyone leaving the house must make sure all doors and windows are locked.
- If you like to leave windows open for fresh air, use window stops to ensure that windows cannot be opened more than six inches.
- Lock up bicycles, tools, barbecue grills, and lawn care equipment in your garage or in some other locking structure.
- Never leave valuables in plain sight of ground floor windows. Close blinds or rearrange furniture so that they are shielded from view.
- Install motion sensor lighting over your driveway and walkways surrounding your house. Often, a bright light suddenly switching on is enough to startle a burglar into going somewhere else.
- Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.
Home Security Systems in New Mexico
Increasing numbers of homeowners are finding out just how affordable and effective ADT monitored home security systems are. These security systems -- upon detection of a break-in, fire, or smoke -- automatically notify personnel at a 24-hour monitoring center. Homeowners are notified, and the appropriate emergency responders are alerted.
Every type of homeowner finds 24-hour monitored security reassuring, whether the homeowner is a young single person wary of coming home to an empty house, a parent with children and a busy schedule, or an older or retired couple wanting to enjoy their independence to the fullest.
The monitored home security systems of today come standard with great features like an easy-to-use LCD control panel, passive infrared motion detection, and door and window chimes that sound whenever the window or door is opened.
One feature many people appreciate is the wireless remote keychain that comes with monitored home security systems. These allow you to arm or disarm the system, or to press a "panic button" for instant access to the monitoring center when there is immediate danger.
If you are interested in learning more about monitored home security systems, call our security professionals at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the leading ADT Authorized Premier Provider in the U.S. and has more than 150 installation centers located nationwide. In most cases, it is possible to call today and have a security system installed tomorrow. Join the many other New Mexico residents who enjoy the peace of mind that comes from 24/7 monitored home security.