Home & Commercial Security, 24 Hr Monitoring, Home Theater Systems and More

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Security Statistics
Click on the headings below to learn more about security and what you can do to help avoid being a victim:
  • 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States.
  • About 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door.
  • Nearly 66 percent of all burglaries are residential (home) break-ins.
  • Renters are just as likely to be the victims of property crime as homeowners.
  • The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months.
  • Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.
  • According to the FBI, Home Break-In (Burglary) is the most common threat to our home.
  • In the U.S. a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds.
  • Every 13 seconds a home intrusion is committed.
  • 2.5 million+ home intrusions are committed each year.
  • Only 17% of the homes in U.S. have a security system.
  • 2,500+ cars stolen per day… almost 2 cars a minute.
  • Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S.
  • 1 out of 3 residential assaults are a result of a burglary.
  • 85% of break-ins are from non-professionals that are usually more desperate and dangerous.
  • People want security and need peace of mind.
  • Insurance agencies can offer discounts up to 20% for auto insurance when a home security system is installed.
  • Home security statistics tell us that 95% of break-ins needed some amount of force to break-in. 
  • Thieves prefer easy access, through an unlocked doors or windows.
  • Home security statistics tell us that the type of tools used to break in are usually simple; a screwdriver, pliers, pries bars, and small hammers are most common.
  • Police usually only clear 13% of all reported burglaries due to lack of witnesses or physical evidence.
  • Perpetrators are usually male, under 25 years of age.
  • They are looking for items that are small and expensive and easily converted to cash.
  • Favorite items include: cash, jewelry, laptops, guns, digital cameras, small electronics (iPods, GPS, PDA’s MP-3’s and CD’s)
  • Money is usually used to support a drug habit.
  • Usually occur in the daytime when occupants are at school or work.
  • July and August most the frequent months for break-ins.
  • February is the least frequent for home breaks.
  • Simple selection process
  • Choose an unoccupied home with easy access, the greatest amount of cover and the best escape routes.
  • Homeowners often make this selection process easy for thieves by failing to take simple precautions.
  • Harden the Target.
  • Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort or more skills or tools than they possess.
  • Most breaks are through front or back doors.
  • Unlocked outer doors to common hallways give thieves a chance to break in through inner doors while remaining out of sight of neighbors and police. Keep outside doors locked
  • Use a solid core or metal door at entrance points.
  • Use a heavy-duty deadbolt with a one inch throw bolt.
  • Use a quality knob-in-lock set with dead latch mechanism.
  • Use a heavy duty strike plate with 3 inch screws into the frame.
  • Use a wide angle peephole.
  • When you move into a new house or apartment, change the door locks.
  • Most common method of forced entry is simply to kick in the door.
  • The weakest point is usually the lock strike plate.
  • You should upgrade to a heavy-duty strike plate. 
  • This type of door is usually secured by latches only.
  • They are vulnerable to attack.
  • Security can be increased by inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the door track to prevent movement.
  • There are also metal track blockers / locks available.
  • Windows are left unlocked at a much higher rate than doors.
  • An open window that is visible from the street may be the sole reason that a house is    targeted. An open window with only a locked window screen is particularly inviting to thieves. Access is quick, easy and silent.
  • Windows have latches, not locks; they should have secondary locking devices.
  • Wooden sticks/dowels work well with horizontal sliding windows.
  • For vertical windows, through the frame pins work well.
  • For ventilation, leave no more than a 4 – 6 inch window opening.
  • Make sure that opening is not large enough to allow someone to reach through to unlock the door or remove window lock.
  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Agree to watch each other’s home.
  • While on vacation, pick up mail, newspapers, packages and flyers; put out their trash on trash day (and return empty barrels).
  • Offer to park your car in their driveway and listen for a siren from their home security system.
  • Water flowers, grass and plants.
  • Communicate with each other.
  • Interior lighting is necessary to show signs of activity inside.
  • Use timers (lights, radios and televisions). Make the home appears occupied.
  • Exterior lighting is very important.
  • Lights in front of the home should be on a timer.
  • If you are not an owner of one of Safeguard Security's Reactor home security systems, use timers or motion sensors for other exterior lighting, especially at the rear of the house.
  • Increase the potential of burglar being caught.
  • Burglars will usually bypass a home that they believe has a sophisticated burglar alarm.
  • Home security statistics tell us that an audible horn or siren must be part of the system.
  • Alarm systems should reset within three minutes so as not to disturb the neighborhood.
  • Leave a key to your house and alarm system with a trusted neighbor who is usually there when you are not home. 
  • Alarm systems can also monitor fire sensors and panic buttons.
  • Engrave your driver’s license number (and state) on televisions, stereos, computers and small electronic appliances.
  • Photograph your valuables, especially jewelry and electronics.
  • Make a list of make, model, serial numbers and value of important items. 
  • Give a copy of this list to a relative or close friend.
  • If you see anyone acting suspicious around your house or a neighbor’s house, call 911 immediately.
  • If your house is broken into, call police immediately. Don’t touch anything that the    criminal may have touched. 
  • Wait outside for police to arrive.
  • Write down plate numbers of suspicious vehicles.
  • Not all break-ins will be stopped, regardless of the precautions that you take. Talk to your insurance agent to make sure that your valuables will be covered in the event of a theft.
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