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.
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:
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.