The FBI’s semiannual Uniform Crime Report for January to June 2012 showed an increase in property crime rate. In 2011, burglary accounted for about 24% of the overall property crime rate across the country. This increased the demand for better home security systems.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to increase the security in your home. An ADT authorized dealer shares tips on protecting your properties and family from housebreakers.
Think like a Burglar
Test your current home security set up and determine its weak points. Check areas where intruders are most likely to enter. Do you have door chains and locks in place? Where do you keep your valuables? Can you see the inside of your home from the outside? These factors can help you strengthen the security of your home.
Minimize Bushes, Shrubs and Trees on Your Front Lawn
Don’t provide intruders a hiding place while they wait for the right time to break in your home. Bushes, shrubs, and trees are perfect hiding spots. A spacious front yard will make it difficult for burglars to hide and wait. If you can’t bear not to have some greens on your lawn, trim them regularly.
Set up an Alarm System
One of the most effective ways to deter thieves is to install a home security system. Consult experts and accredited dealers, like authorized security system dealers of ADT products, to find out the best product for your home. Most security systems come with added features, such as digital keypads, doors and window sensors, and keychain remote.
Install Outdoor lights
Dark front and back yards make it easy for intruders to cross your yard and enter your home. Burglars tend to stay away from well-lighted houses. Keep a few lights on while you sleep. Some homeowners keep their porch light on throughout the night. Others even install a light switch timer to make sure they don’t forget to turn on their lights at night. Think about installing some pathway lights, bollard lights, or floodlights.
Keep your family and valuables safe from intruders. Consult authorized ADT security system dealers to learn more about your options.