West Virginia Home Security Systems

The crime rates in the state of West Virginia are on a slight upward trend – both for violent and nonviolent crimes. However, in the year 2009, the violent crime rate in West Virginia was lower than the national average by over 26%, and the state's property crime rate was lower than the national average by nearly 25%, according to CityRating.com and UCRDataTool.gov.*

In 2009, 12,005 burglaries were reported in West Virginia; and in 2010, 10,756 burglaries were reported, for a decrease of over 11%. However, 10,756 burglaries average out to over 29 burglaries per day across the state.

When the entire United States is considered, a burglary occurs, on average, every 15 seconds, and over the next two decades, an estimated three of every four homes will be broken into. However, just because burglary is one of the most common crimes, you should not feel as if you have to resign yourself to a high burglary risk. There are many things the typical West Virginian can do to help reduce their risk of burglary.

Helping to Reduce the Risk of Burglary

Nationwide, over half of residential burglaries occur during the daytime, when residents are at work or school. First and foremost, burglars look for easy access. There is much the average resident can do to help make access difficult for burglars. Often if a burglar finds he will have to work hard to get into a residence, he will look for an easier target elsewhere. Here are some burglary prevention tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows whenever the home is empty and at night. All exterior doors should have deadbolt locks.
  • Make sure the only people with keys to your home are people you have authorized to have them.
  • Install motion sensor lights over your driveway and over walkways around your house.
  • Cut back shrubs and other vegetation that could provide a hiding place for burglars near windows, doors, and porches.
  • If your door has windows in it or next to it, consider using a double key deadbolt. This help prevents a burglar from breaking a pane, reaching in, and turning the thumb-turn to open the lock.
  • Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems in West virginia

ADT monitored home security systems are becoming more popular in West Virginia and elsewhere as people discover how affordable and effective they are. With a monitored home security system, anytime a break-in or fire is detected, professionals at the monitoring center are immediately notified. They contact the homeowner and call for emergency responders if necessary.

The home security system of today is technologically advanced, yet easy to use. An intuitive LCD control panel allows for instant two-way communication with the monitoring center, as well as letting the homeowner easily arm or disarm the system.

Other standard features include a passive IR motion detector, wireless window and door chimes, and a wireless keychain remote. The remote can be used to arm or disarm the system conveniently, and it has a "panic alert" button for instantly contacting the monitoring center when there is immediate danger.

If you would like to learn more about how ADT monitored home security systems can help protect your home and family, call 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 located throughout the U.S. In many cases, you can call today for next-day installation so that you don’t have to wait to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having 24-hour monitored home security.

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