Washington, DC Home Security: What You Need to Know
The violent crime rate in Washington, District of Columbia, is higher than the national average by over 250%, and the District's property crime rate is higher than the national average by 90%. However, violent crime has decreased by 50% since 1995 in Washington, DC, and property crime has dropped by nearly the same percentage, according to MPDC.dc.gov and CityRating.com.*
While crime rates are at 20 year lows, crime is still a significant factor, particularly in affluent areas that draw more tourism and have a more vibrant night life. Certain wards, particularly those with high poverty levels, also still have problematic rates of violent crimes.
In 2011, there were 3,849 burglaries reported in Washington, DC, a 9% decrease over the 2010 figure of 4,224 burglaries. The 2011 figure averages out to approximately 10.55 burglaries per day in the District.
Helping to Reduce the Risk of Burglary
Nationwide, burglary is one of the most common crimes, but there is plenty that the typical Washington, DC resident can do to help protect their home and family from burglary:
- Equip every exterior door with a deadbolt lock and be consistent about locking up. Make sure everyone in the family knows to lock up and that only people you’ve authorized have keys to the house.
- Install motion sensor lighting over driveways and walkways. A bright light suddenly switching on is often enough to scare a burglar into going elsewhere.
- Cut back shrubs or vegetation large enough to provide cover for a burglar.
- Close blinds or drapes, or rearrange furniture in ground floor rooms so that valuables are not in plain sight. Burglars are particularly attracted to cash, jewelry, and small, valuable electronics like iPads and game controllers.
- Never leave a note on the door for a neighbor telling them that you're away from home. Call or send a text message instead.
- After making an expensive purchase, wait until trash collection day to place the box by the curb. Break down the box and fold it so only the plain side of the cardboard is visible.
- Consider installing a home security system.
ADT-Monitored Home Security Systems
Increasing numbers of District of Columbia residents have discovered for themselves how convenient, affordable, and effective ADT-monitored home security systems are. These home security systems are monitored 24/7, and whenever a break-in, smoke, or fire is detected, the monitoring center is notified instantly. The homeowner is notified immediately as well, and appropriate first responders are contacted.
The home security system of today is technologically advanced and easy to use. What's more, installation is minimally disruptive. Security systems come with an LCD control panel with an intuitive user interface that allows two-way voice communication with the monitoring center.
Other great features on today's trusted home security systems include passive infrared motion detection, and door and window chimes that sound whenever the door or window is opened. You also get a wireless keychain remote that allows you to arm or disarm the security system quickly, and which also has a "panic alert" button that notifies the monitoring center if you find yourself in imminent danger.
If you are interested in learning more about ADT-monitored home security systems, call our professionals at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home, the nation's leading ADT Authorized Deale with more than 150 installation centers nationwide. In many cases, convenient next-day installation can be arranged so that you don't have to wait long to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having around-the-clock ADT-monitored home security.
*Note: All statistics are from: www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/district-of-columbia/ and mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1239,q,547256,mpdcNav_GID,1556.asp