Deter Crime at Home with a Blend of Security Measures
Electronic Security Association (ESA) provides tips in honor of Crime Prevention Month
Irving, Texas (Oct. 1, 2013) — In the most recent Uniform Crime Report published by the FBI, there were more than 2.1 million burglaries reported in the United States in 2012. While burglaries have decreased by 3.7 percent since 2011, there is still room for improvement.
In honor of National Crime Prevention Month (October), the Electronic Security Association (ESA) recommends these tips to help you safeguard your home and belongings.
Burglars have long been classified as opportunistic creatures that prey on homes that are easy to break into undetected. The best way to determine whether or not your home is vulnerable to burglaries is to survey your property from their perspective.
First, take a look at the possible entry points in your home such as doors and windows on both ground and upper levels. In nearly 34 percent of reported burglaries, the intruder entered the home through an unlocked door or window. But, locking up won’t stop most burglars; about 60 percent of burglars will use force to gain access. To better protect yourself against any type of unlawful entry, consider ditching traditional keys and upgrading to access control. With this new technology, access to your home is granted when you enter in a special code on a keypad at your door or unlock and lock your doors remotely via a smartphone or tablet.
Next, find out how easy it is for a burglar to be detected on your property. Burglars tend to choose homes that they can easily sneak in and out of without neighbors noticing. Make your home less secluded by trimming back hedges and installing motion-activated outdoor lights to eliminate areas in which burglars may hide.
Continue detection measures inside your home by investing in a security system complete with monitoring. Should a burglar enter your home while you’re away, a signal will be sent to a monitoring station that will immediately notify the local police department.
Another option is an enhanced security system that gives you the power to monitor your home no matter where you may be. Simply log in to your system through a smart phone, tablet or computer to view live video from strategically-placed surveillance cameras around your home. These systems can also be configured to send alerts to your phone should unusual activity occur in your home such as a drastic change in temperature, a tripped security system or the presence of gas or smoke.
In addition to detection, security systems also prove to be effective deterrents. In a recent study of more than 400 convicted burglars, 83 percent of offenders said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target.
You can ensure you get a security system that fits yours needs and budget by working with a company that is a member of ESA. You can find an ESA member company in your area on Alarm.org, a home security resource for consumers.
By increasing the security features of your home through new and traditional technology, you can help protect your property and keep your family safe.
Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.