Wisconsin Home Security Systems

Wisconsin enjoys a violent crime rate that is lower than the national violent crime rate by nearly 45%, and a nonviolent crime rate that is lower than the national average by over 2%. In 2009, there were 26,740 burglaries recorded in Wisconsin; and in 2010 there were 26,475, which marks a 1% decrease from 2009 to 2010, according to CityRating.com and WI.gov.*

The average loss per burglary in Wisconsin in 2010 was $1,631, and approximately 16% of burglaries were cleared. About 52% of Wisconsin burglaries involved forcible entry. In general, cities with populations under 50,000 had lower burglary rates, while larger cities had higher burglary rates.

For residential burglaries, where time of the incident could be established, 64% occurred during the day -- between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Burglary is one of the most commonly committed crimes, and with low clearance rates, it is unlikely that victims will recover their stolen property

Helping to Reduce the Risk of Home Burglary

However, there is much the average Wisconsin resident can do to help lower their risk for burglary.

With so many burglaries occurring during the day when residents are at school or work, it is clear that many burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Take these steps to help minimize the opportunities for burglars to get into your home:

  • Use locks consistently and make sure all exterior doors have deadbolt locks conforming to ANSI Grade 1 or Grade 2.
  • When traveling, use light timers to simulate someone being at home. Have your mail collected, and if you're going to be away long enough, arrange to have your yard mowed. Overgrown lawns and full mailboxes tip burglars off that nobody is home.
  • Close blinds or rearrange furniture in ground floor rooms so that expensive electronics and other valuables are not readily visible from the outside.
  • Cut back vegetation around windows, doors, and porches to minimize places where burglars can hide.
  • Add motion sensor lighting over walkways and over your driveway.
  • Put away bicycles, tools, barbecue grills, and lawn equipment, either in your garage (which should be kept locked) or in another locking structure.
  • Consider installing an ADT monitored home security system.

Home Security Systems in Wisconsin

Increasing numbers of Wisconsin residents have turned to ADT monitored home security systems to help protect their homes and families. These security systems are affordable; but more importantly, they're effective. Today's monitored home security system comes with standard features like a passive infrared motion sensor and intuitive LCD control panel, plus wireless window and door chimes that sound whenever the door or window is opened.

One standard feature that is very popular on monitored home security systems is the wireless keychain remote that can be used to arm or disarm the system, and that is equipped with a "panic alert" button which can be pressed when you're in immediate danger.

Every type of family finds additional peace of mind with monitored home security systems, from older or retired couples to young single adults to busy families with children. The typical burglar, upon seeing a yard sign or window decal showing a home has a security system, chooses to go elsewhere rather than take chances.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help protect your Wisconsin home from burglary with an ADT monitored home security system, call our security professionals at Protect Your Home today. Protect Your Home is the nation's leading ADT Authorized Premier Provider and has over 150 installation centers throughout the U.S. Most callers can arrange for next-day installation. You do not have to wait long or spend a lot to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from monitored home security that's "on duty" 24/7.

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