Utah Home Security Systems

First, the good news: the overall crime rate in the state of Utah is lower than the national crime rate. Now the not-so-good news: although the violent crime rate in Utah is lower than the national crime rate by approximately 40%, the property crime rate is higher than the national average by approximately 39%, according to PublicSafety.Utah.gov and CityRating.com.*

In fact, in 2010, there were 14,314 burglaries reported across Utah, a slight decrease from the 2009 figure of 14,778. The 2010 figure averages out to one burglary in Utah approximately every 37 minutes. There were 1,496 arrests for burglary in 2010, for a clearance rate of just under 10%. This can be interpreted to mean that if you lose possessions in a burglary, it is unlikely that you will get them back.

Although burglary is one of the more prevalent property crimes, both in Utah and elsewhere, there are a number of common sense measures that ordinary citizens can take to help reduce their risk of being burglary victims.

Helping to Reduce the Risk of Burglary

Here are some tips on helping protect your home and family from burglary:

  • Lock all outside doors and windows before leaving your house or going to bed. Make sure all exterior doors are equipped with deadbolt locks.
  • When you're out of town, use light timers to make it look as if someone is at home, and have your mail and newspapers collected. If you will be gone several weeks, arrange to have your yard mowed. Burglars look for stuffed mailboxes and overgrown lawns, indicating that nobody is home.
  • Store mowers, barbecue grills, bicycles, and tools in your garage or in some other structure that locks. Tools in particular are targeted by burglars.
  • Never leave a "gone shopping" or "be back shortly" note on your door for a neighbor or friend. Call or text message them instead.
  • Adequate exterior lighting, including motion sensor lights, are a decent deterrent to intruders. You should also cut back vegetation that could be used as a hiding place for a burglar.
  • Make sure door hinges are on the inside of your house. Some burglars are willing to dismantle a door to get in.
  • Don't leave keys in well-known hiding places like mailboxes, flower pots or under the doormat. Thieves know where to look.
  • Consider installing a monitored home security system.

ADT Monitored Home Security Systems

Increasing numbers of Utah residents are having ADT monitored home security systems installed in their homes. These security systems are monitored around the clock, and when a break-in is detected, the monitoring center is notified immediately and first responders are called. Today's home security systems also detect smoke and fires.

The home security system of today is not cumbersome and is reasonably priced. Features include digital touchpad command centers that allow you to control your security system easily and intuitively and chimes that alert you when a window or door is opened. You can also bypass the chimes so that the security system remains armed when you want to leave a window or door open.

Two-way voice communication with the home security system allows you to speak to the monitoring center to confirm an emergency or report a false alarm. A wireless keychain remote that comes with some security systems allows you to arm or disarm your security system by pushing a button, and also has a "panic button" you can use in an emergency.

If you are 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 more than 150 installation centers throughout the U.S. In many cases, installation can be accomplished within 24 hours. You don't have to wait long or spend a lot of money to enjoy the peace of mind that ADT monitored home security systems provide.