Oregon Home Security Systems

In Oregon, the state violent crime rate is lower than the national violent crime rate by just over 18%. However, the property crime rate in Oregon is higher than the national average by just over 48%, according to Oregon.gov and CityRating.com.*

In 2009, 19,818 burglaries were reported in Oregon, and of these, 13,297 were residential. That averages out to a little more than 36 residential burglaries in the state every day. When all burglaries (residential and nonresidential) are considered, there is an average of one burglary in the state of Oregon every 26.5 minutes.

Losses from Oregon residential burglaries alone in 2009 were $25,320,472. That averages out to just over $1,900 in losses per burglary. If you have ever been a burglary victim, you know that the dollar value of items lost in a burglary is only part of the story. Sometimes burglars make off with personally significant items, such as inherited jewelry or family silver.

Help Protect Your Home Against Burglary

The good news is that even though burglary is one of the most common crimes, it is also one of the easiest to help prevent, if you're willing to take certain steps and practice them consistently. Here are some measures that ordinary Oregon residents can take to help lower their risk of home burglary:

  • If you will be away from home for an extended period, arrange to have your mail collected and your yard mowed. Burglars look for overgrown lawns and mailboxes stuffed full of mail to determine who is not home.
  • When you're traveling, use light timers to switch lights in the house on and off so it looks like someone is home.
  • Use your locks consistently. Make it a family rule that anyone leaving the house empty must lock up, even if they're only going to be gone "for a minute." Make sure all exterior doors have deadbolts. Ordinary locks are hardly a deterrent.
  • Cut back vegetation where burglars could take cover, and install motion sensor lighting around your house, particularly over your driveway and any walkways around the house.
  • Close blinds or rearrange furniture so that valuable items are not easily seen through windows.
  • Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems

ADT monitored home security systems have become increasingly popular in Oregon and other states as people realize how effective and affordable they are. The sight of a home security system yard sign or window decal is often enough to persuade the average burglar to go somewhere else.

Today's security systems are technologically advanced, yet simple to operate. An LCD control panel allows you to arm or disarm the system easily, and provides direct two-way communication with your monitoring center. Whenever a break-in, smoke, or fire is detected, the monitoring center is notified immediately. Homeowners are contacted, as are the appropriate first responders.

Great features on top-line monitored home security systems include passive infrared motion detection, wireless chimes for doors and windows (which sound whenever the door or window is opened), and a keychain remote with a "panic alert" button that can be used should you find yourself in imminent danger. These remotes are also well-liked by older homeowners due to their simplicity and effectiveness.

If you're interested in finding out more about ADT monitored home security system, call our experts at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the nation's leading ADT Authorized Premier Provider, with over 150 installation centers located throughout the U.S. For many people, next-day installation is possible, so you don't have to wait to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having monitored home security on duty 24/7.

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