Did you know that in 2010, across the United States, $4.6 billion in lost property was reported due to burglaries? But the good news is that over the past 10 years, burglaries in the U.S. have fallen by over 50%, according to FBI.gov, DisasterCenter.com, and TexasTribune.org.* An estimated 87% of burglaries are considered to be preventable, and objects that are targeted most frequently by burglars include: laptop amd tablet computers, cash, other electronics and jewelry.
As for entry points, 34% of burglars get in through the front door, with 22% using the back door, 23% entering through a ground floor window, 9% gaining entry through a garage, and the remainder entering elsewhere.
In Texas in 2010, there were 229,269 burglaries reported, which averages out to over 628 burglaries per day. Burglary rates in Texas peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, and then dropped off. Around 1% of Texans are burglary victims in any given year. When burglars "case" a neighborhood looking for homes to target, they are generally looking for three things:
When a burglar sees a yard sign or door decal indicating that a home has a 24-hour monitored security system, he usually sets his sights elsewhere. Home security systems are so effective at helping to prevent burglary that homeowners can often get discounts of up to 20% on their homeowner insurance premiums.
Common sense measures go a long way toward preventing burglaries:
The latest home security systems have features like infrared motion detection, easy-to-use control panels, and keychain-mounted "panic buttons" that can be used when a homeowner arrives home to discover an intruder or when the authorities need to be called immediately.
If you would like to find out more about ADT monitored home security systems, call Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the nation's number one ADT Authorized Premier Provider and has over 150 installation centers throughout the U.S. Call today, and have the added peace of mind that comes from knowing your home security is being monitored around the clock.