South Dakota Home Security Systems

In 2009, the violent crime rate in the state of South Dakota was lower than the national average by over 61%, and the property crime rate in South Dakota was lower than the national average by over 29%, according to CityRating.com and SD.gov.*

In 2010, there were 2,842 burglaries reported in South Dakota; in 2011 there were 2,566 reported, for a drop of approximately 10%. Of the 2,566 burglaries reported for 2011, 1,182 involved forced entry (which includes use of a pass key or skeleton key), and 1,384, or 54%, did not involve forced entry.

In 2011, 391 offenders were arrested for burglaries, for an arrest rate of just over 15%. This is slightly higher than the national arrest rate for burglaries. Residents of South Dakota and elsewhere in the U.S. rarely recover property lost to burglary. However, there is much that the typical South Dakota resident can do to help prevent home burglary in the first place.

Helping to Reduce the Risk of Home Burglary

Many burglaries are crimes of convenience, so every resident should do his or her part to make it as inconvenient as possible for a burglar to break in. Burglars tend to choose residences that are easy to get into, and they tend to move along to another victim if they discover a residence will be challenging to enter. Here are some steps you can take to help secure your home and possessions:

  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Any time the house is to be left empty, make sure all windows and doors are locked.
  • When you go on vacation, use light timers to simulate someone being at home. Have mail collected and have your yard mowed if necessary. Burglars look for overgrown lawns and full mailboxes to tip them off that nobody is home.
  • Lock up bicycles, barbecue grills, tools, and yard equipment in your garage or in a shed that has a lock on it.
  • Install motion sensor lighting over your driveway and around the perimeter of your home's exterior.
  • Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems in South Dakota

ADT monitored home security systems are becoming more popular in South Dakota due to affordability and effectiveness. Today's home security systems consist mostly of wireless components, so installation is quick and doesn't interfere with your home's décor. Once the security system is installed and armed, any time a break-in or fire is detected, professionals at a monitoring system are notified immediately. The homeowner is contacted, and if emergency personnel are needed, they are contacted as well.

Security systems themselves are built around a user-friendly LCD control panel that allows you to arm or disarm your system and that provides two-way communication with the monitoring center. Additional components include a passive infrared motion detector, wireless window and door chimes, and a wireless keychain remote equipped with a "panic button" that can be used when you are in immediate danger.

Security systems also come with a battery backup that allows the system to continue working for up to 24 hours after a power outage.

If you are interested in learning more about ADT monitored home security systems, call and speak with one of our security professionals at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the nation's leading ADT Authorized Premier Provider and has more than 150 installation centers throughout the U.S. Installation can be arranged quickly and conveniently so that you don't have to wait to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home security system is on duty 24/7.

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