Home Burglaries Influence More Consumers To Consider Security Systems

May 28, 2009 by admin  
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cw-pic-of-home-burglary1For the past year I have been talking about the struggling economy, the increase in home burglaries and home invasion robberies happening all across our country, and what homeowners can do to avoid becoming a crime victim.  It looks like someone is finally listening. 

Here’s a press release article Courtesy of ADT and NBFAA that states exactly what I have been saying on this security site as well as on www.homesecurity911.com.

 

Home Burglaries Influence

More Consumers to Consider Security Systems

 Trend Expected to Increase During Summer,

Busiest Time of Year for Home Burglaries

Aurora, Colo. / Irving, Texas - May 28, 2009 - It’s alarming to walk into your home and discover you’ve been burglarized. It’s happening more often in many areas of the U.S. with the trend expected to continue during the summer when more people are away from their homes, making their property more vulnerable to intruders.

Mary Hunt is a recent victim. Her Chicago home was burglarized, but since she had a monitored alarm system, police busted the burglars minutes after the break-in.

“You’d never think that when you leave your house someone will try to intrude,” Hunt said. “But thankfully, in my case, the alarm caught them in the act.”

The home burglary rate is expected to worsen this summer, traditionally the peak time. And with the rise in home break-ins comes increased consumer interest in the benefits of home security systems, reports the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA), a leading industry organization that represents companies comprising over 70 percent of the multi-billion dollar home security market.

“As the crime rate in many markets continues increasing, we keep seeing more people calling security companies who are concerned about their safety,” said Merlin Guilbeau, NBFAA executive director. “Security systems have become the ‘must have’ item for the home.”

There are numerous studies and statistics which support the need for consumers to arm their homes with security systems:

· Rutgers University recently released a study, using five years of data, which scientifically proved that burglars tend to avoid homes with alarm systems.

· The FBI reports that a home is burglarized every 15 seconds in the U.S. and crimes to property, like homes, represent over 75 percent of all crimes reported.

· According to a Temple University study, a monitored alarm system makes a home three times less likely to be burglarized versus a home without an alarm.

Most home alarm systems are easy to operate, inexpensive to install and come with monthly monitoring fees that cost about a dollar a day. Besides helping to deter burglars and providing peace of mind when residents are away from their homes, security systems can also save money by providing consumers with up to a 20 percent discount off homeowner’s policies offered by most insurance companies. Additionally, many monitored systems offer protection from fire and carbon monoxide.

Many safety experts say now is the time for consumers without home security systems to consider buying one.

“When you go on a summer vacation, burglars can go to work on your house. It’s important that you make sure you are protected,” said Kathleen Baty, ‘the Safety Chick,’ an author and crime victim who was held at knifepoint in her home by an intruder. “Getting a security system can be a huge relief and make your vacation truly relaxing.”

Besides purchasing a home security system, the Safety Chick also recommends the following tips to help protect your home:

Plant thorny bushes like roses and bougainvillea around the windows

Turn down the phone ringer so burglars won’t hear you aren’t there

Buy motion-sensor lights. Some are solar powered, reducing energy usage

Install a film on your window glass, making it tougher to smash

The increase in home burglaries means high numbers of emergency calls are coming into security monitoring centers. ADT, the nation’s largest provider of home security, operates four interconnected, fully redundant monitoring centers nationwide, including Aurora, Colo. Since October, all four centers have had over 3.2 million emergency calls.

“As there continues to be a growing need for security systems,” said Guilbeau, “we want all consumers to answer one question, ‘Got Security?’”

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NBFAA, a non-profit 501(c) 6 trade association, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to representing, promoting, and supporting the electronic life safety, security, and systems industry. Member companies specialize in a wide spectrum of services to commercial and residential consumers, including security and fire alarms, video surveillance, access control and monitoring. In cooperation with a federation of state associations, NBFAA provides government advocacy and delivers timely information, professional development tools, products and services that members use to grow and prosper their businesses. The NBFAA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.alarm.org.

Media Contacts:

Laurie Knox - NBFAA, (888) 447-1689 x209, LaurieK@alarm.org

Bob Tucker - ADT, (561) 988-3619, btucker@adt.com

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Vaca Time Security Alarm Must Do’s

May 27, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

bahama-vacation-pic1If you are planning your summer vacation and have a home security  system, here are some “Alarm Must Do’s” before you leave town.  This will ensure your security system is working properly and will do the job that it’s supposed to do in case of a burglary or home intrusion.

1. Know your security alarm code and be sure anyone having access to the alarm has a code to turn the alarm OFF/ON They should also know the password in case they accidentally set off the alarm and the alarm company calls back.  They will want the correct password otherwise they dispatch the police.

2. Test your security system from time to time. Make sure you have connections at each of your protected areas (doors/windows/motion detectors).  To test your system place it in the test mode.  Each time you open a protected area, you will get a beeping sound to let you know it is working properly.  Be sure to set off or trigger the alarm system and let the alarm company respond. That way you ensure it is fully connected and working properly. If you find anything not working quite right, be sure to have your alarm company come and service your system before you leave town.   (A quick note:  many companies may offer a Quality Service Guarantee that covers normal wear and tear.  Get that service - it may be cheaper in the end if there is something wrong).

3. Check your phone interface connection on the outside of your home. This is how the security system transmits the alarm signals.  If there are wires running from the interface connection that could easily be cut - and not in conduit - consider updating to a cellular backup unit. If somebody cuts your phone line the alarm signal will be automatically transmitted to your alarm monitoring company.

-I remember trying to encourage homeowners to add the cellular backup unit - but for the extra price and monthly service there were some who did not want to pay the extra price. For those people you just let them know it’s available and they should consider adding it at some point. Some of the more professional burglars know how to disable some security systems.

4. Don’t totally rely upon your security system for the full protection. Granted your security system provides peace of mind but make sure the full perimeter is well-protected against a violent home invasion. Install top quality upgraded locks on the front and back doors like the Ultimate Lock -www.theultimatelock.com, and reinforce the frame around the doors to ensure they are solid and can withstand a forceful blow.

5. If you have glass slider doors in the back of the house, have Shattergard security window film installed to prevent someone from being able to break the glass enough to either unlock the door or get through the glass. Also make sure to include Shattergard window film protection on easily accessible and vulnerable windows on the main level.

6. Install a Voice Alert System with sensors at the front entrance, garage area coverage, back entry area, and maybe a sensor covering the driveway. That way should an intruder approach your home/property late at night the voice alert system will tell you what area of the home the intruder is in. Being alerted to a potential home invasion robbery or violent attack should be a priority. This alert can give you valuable time to set off the alarm, alert the police and get your children together in a safe room so everyone is protected until the police arrive.  (www.thepersonalsecuritystore.com/voicealert.htm).

7. Have some kind of personal protection in your home - could be non-lethal protection like a Taser, Stun Gun, or Pepper Spray. If you have a more violent stalker situation, you may want to consider a firearm for protection.

Going on vacation is a good time to checkout your security system to ensure it’s working properly and upgrade or increase your overall level of protection.  This is important yet a lot of homeowners miss doing this.  Have a great vacation and let your security system protect your home 24/7!

Be proactive and protect your home and family today!!

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FREE REPORT - “Home Invasion Prevention”

May 20, 2009 by admin  
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Over the past eight months I have been putting together a security program called Home Invasion Prevention - 7-Steps To Proactively Protect Yourself & Your Family Against A Home Invasion.  This program will be part of the home security education offered to groups of individuals - homeowners to help them implement optimum protection strategies for their home and personal safety.  Because home burglary/home invasion robberies have become so prevalent in communities across the U.S., having more security education about how to prevent this type of crime from happening seemed very important.  

In the interim I put together a Free Report that can be downloaded entitled “Home Invasion Prevention..Learn Why Home Invasion Robbieres & Home Burglaries Are Becoming More and More Prevalent In Our Society.”  To get a copy of your Free Report Click Here and complete your name and email address so you can get the downloadable link.

Homeowners, condo owners, and apartment dwellers need to make their home and family security a No.1 priority.  Each day individuals are losing their jobs, there is more unemployment (with no option of getting a job), and more people are turning to home robbery type crimes. 

As homeowners we need to have a security plan and be better prepared in our overall home protection so we can prevent this crime from happening to our home and family.

Get a copy of the Free Report “Home Invasion Prevention” now!  Click Here.

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Cheryl Watterson, Radio Host, 05/06/09

May 6, 2009 by admin  
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On Lets Talk Home Security we will discuss how you can implement simple common-sense home protection strategies and options that will help keep your home protected and your family safe 24/7. We will look at home burglary/home invasion robbery crimes happening across our country and what we need to do right now to avoid becoming a victim of one of these violent crimes.

Join the show Wednesday, 5-6-09, 6:00 p.m. EDT and become more proactive in your home and family safety.

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