According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an estimated 7,694,086 million property crimes were reported in 2017. The total amount of lesses was around $15.3 billion. As for the arrest rate, it was 388 per 100,000.
While the statistics are startling, there is good news — property crime offenses declined 21.3% in 2017 vs. the 2008 estimate. While crime may be decreasing, it’s still important to protect your family and the devices in this post may make a difference.
Be smart, invest in smart locks
With many car companies introducing keyless vehicles, it should no longer be a surprise that there are keyless door locks available for the public. While some smart locks operate via keypad, some require device to make it work.
A smartphone will wirelessly communicate with the lock via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. All you need to do after installing the smart lock is download the app, set it up and voila! Some companies will even allow you to assign a “key” to your family members, allowing you to track whoever enters and exits the house.
Wires? What wires?
What is one of the most common ways thieves disable security systems in movies? Cutting a wire!
In fact, the wire cutting scene can become quite intense especially if the thief cannot decide which wire to cut (The blue one! No, the red one!). Snipping any wiring they think is connected to the home security system is the burglars’ favorite method — in real life and the movies — when breaking in a secure home. Don’t let these thieves in by installing a home security system.
Let there be light!
Sometimes it can be unavoidable to leave the home empty until late at night. And an unlit home may look inviting to potential thieves who assume it’s empty and don’t want to get caught. An easy way to solve this problem is by installing light timers. These lights will switch on at your programmed time, allowing certain rooms in your home to be filled with brightness. This system will definitely ward off any thief who wants to break into your home.
While your security camera may record what the burglar is doing, it will be even more effective when coupled with a motion sensor. While some may think that motion sensors are just for high-risk areas like a museum or bank, it’s also useful at home. Once an intruder comes within proximity of the motion sensor, it will immediately set off an alarm to alert you.
Now, if you are worried about it going off every night due to your pet’s nighttime roaming, some allow you to opt for a pet-immune sensor to exempt your beloved furry creatures from its detection.
I see you (even if you don’t see me)
You might be wondering what’s the difference between hidden cameras and remote video access. Remote video access pertains to cameras inside the home.
As the name indicates, hidden outdoor cameras are situated outside the home to record anyone who dares enter your home without your authority. These cameras can be hidden in a birdhouse, camouflaged in a drain pipe, situated inside your doorbell or even as a decor. It’s important to make sure sure the cameras are in a position where they can easily record anything going on near the exterior entrances of your home such as the front door and garage.
Home security isn’t just limited to outside threats trying to get in but can be a helpful tool when it comes to keeping children safe. For instance, window sensors are a great way to let you know not only when a burglar may be trying to enter your home, but also when a little one may be getting to close to the window when trying to take a peek outside.
Establishing a secure home — whether it’s a home security system or a few of the devices on our list — in addition to following some safe home tips is important to protect you and your family.
Call Allconnect® to learn more about security systems for your home.
Originally published 06/15/16. Last updated 01/22/19.