Oklahoma Home Security Systems

Oklahoma's violent crime rate in 2009 was higher than the national average by almost 16%, and the state's property crime rate was higher than the national average by nearly 34%. In 2010, there were 37,358 burglaries in Oklahoma, which averages out to just over 102 burglaries per day or one burglary every 14 minutes and 4 seconds. While the burglary rate in Oklahoma is higher than it was a decade ago, it has dropped off slightly from a 2009 peak, according to CityRating.com and OK.gov.*

Forcible entry was used in almost 70% of the burglaries in Oklahoma, and the total losses from residential burglaries in 2010 were $54,684,972. Over 40% of burglaries in Oklahoma took place during the daytime.

Tips for Helping to Reduce the Risk of Burglary

While Oklahoma does have a higher burglary rate than the national average, there are plenty of common sense measures the average Oklahoman can take to help reduce their risk. Here are some tips:

  • Uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes are things that burglars zero in on. If you plan to be out of town, arrange to have your lawn taken care of and your mail collected. Also, use light timers to switch lights on and off, making it appear as if someone is at home.
  • Make locking up all exterior doors (which should be outfitted with deadbolt locks) a standard practice. Be sure to lock your garage too, especially if you have expensive tools.
  • Never leave a note on your door for a friend or neighbor saying you're not there. Call or text them instead.
  • Add motion sensor lighting outside and trim back shrubs and other vegetation where burglars can hide. Make sure your door hinges are all on the inside. Some burglars will go to the trouble to dismantle a door.
  • Don't leave keys in a "hiding place" like under a mat or rock. Burglars know all the usual hiding places.
  • Consider installing a monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems

Oklahomans throughout the state are discovering how affordable and effective ADT monitored home security systems are. These security systems not only detect break-ins, but they also help detect smoke and fires.

One-touch access to the monitoring facility is available, and today’s systems come with a keychain outfitted with a "panic button" for instant access from wherever you are in your home. These are particularly helpful for older residents. The digital touch pad that comes with a top home security system has an intuitive user interface, making the system very easy to use. Battery backup features let your system work for up to 24 hours after a power outage.

ADT monitored home security systems are monitored 24 hours a day. As soon as the alarm sounds, the monitoring facility gets in touch with the homeowner and notifies first responders. However, in some cases, the situation never gets that far. When burglars see a yard sign or window decal indicating that a property is monitored around the clock, they often choose to go somewhere else.

If you are interested in learning more about how ADT monitored home security system can help benefit you and your family, call and speak with one of our professionals at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home, the nation's leading ADT Authorized Premier Provider, with over 150 installation centers located throughout the U.S. In many cases it is possible to have a system installed within 24 hours.