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Holiday Burglary Prevention Tips

Important Tips to Keep Your Home Secure This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us, we find ourselves in a frenzy of preparation. So protecting your residence against a home invasion is a necessity whether you are spending time at home or traveling to visit family. It is important to remember that this exciting time of the year is the peak season for burglaries and break-ins.

While your home security system is the most effective defense against these types of risks, additional steps can be taken to provide your home with the highest level of protection. Following these basic steps will ensure a joyous and safe holiday season for you and your loved ones.

Five Simple Steps to Protect Your Home Against Unwanted Intruders

1. Secure all doors and windows.  Make sure your regular doors have dead bolts installed and locked, especially the door leading to the garage. Don’t rely on an automatic garage door opener to enter your home. For sliding glass doors, cut a wooden pole or thick dowel that matches the length of the sliding track when the door is closed. This simple trick can keep the door from being compromised.

2. Decrease valuable visibility.  Move expensive appliances away from windows and out of sight. Visibility of these items can attract burglars to your home.

3. Exterior lighting.  Exterior lighting and motion sensors to light up your house at night. The extra lighting will make it more difficult for intruders to enter without being seen.

4. Maintain the shrubbery at your entrances.  Keep shrubbery trimmed so the interior of your home is visible and burglars can’t hide undetected.

5. Use your alarm.  Your alarm system is the most effective line of defense. Remember to make sure that it is installed and programmed properly. Also, make sure the security system warning sign is visible. Burglars are less likely to break into a home with a security system.

Holiday Travel Checklist

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With the holidays, comes an increase in burglaries. Implementing a few extra security measures before you leave for vacation could prevent your home from being targeted.

• Stop the mail paper.  Piles of mail and newspapers are a dead giveaway that you are not home. Ask a neighbor to stop by daily to pick up your mail and newspapers have them stopped.

• Leave a light on.  Using timers to light parts of your house while you are gone is a good way to give potential intruders the appearance that someone is home.

• Keeping your neighbors informed.  Letting your neighbors know when you will be gone will give your house extra protection and allow them to report anything suspicious.

• Alert the Police.  If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, let your local police know. They may periodically drive by your home.

By |December 11th, 2016|Security Tips|Comments Off on Holiday Burglary Prevention Tips

Study Shows Burglars Avoid Alarm Systems

A new AIREF-funded study scientifically supports the industry’s assertion that alarm systems deter burglars. More than four in five incarcerated respondents say they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary. And the presence of an alarm system would cause more than half the intruders to abort.

Excepts from an article by Joseph B. Kuhns, Ph.D. and Kristie R. Blevins, Ph.

Research seeking to understand the criminological and deterrent factors associated with burglary and burglars’ decision-making processes has been conducted through victimization surveys, interviews or surveys with active or incarcerated offenders, and analyses of crime, census and land use.

What motivates burglars to engage in burglary? What factors are considered by burglars during target selection? What deters burglars from burglarizing specific targets? What techniques do burglars use when engaging in burglary? Are their gender differences in burglary motivations, target selection and techniques?

By venturing inside the minds of actual perpetrators, this unique study provides fascinating insights. According to the findings, a majority of burglars considered the presence of deterrents such as alarms, outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment when choosing a potential residential or commercial target. Approximately 83% of the offenders said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and about 73% said they would seek an alternative target. Among those who discovered the presence of an alarm while attempting a burglary, half reported they would discontinue the attempt, while another 37% said they would sometimes retreat.

The bottom line is what we in the industry have known for years. The first line of defense and deterrent is a security sign and stickers on key windows or doors. My sincere hope is for none of our customers to experience a break in of any kind. But like in football, the best defense is a good offense.

Yours Truly,

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By |October 10th, 2013|Security Tips|Comments Off on Study Shows Burglars Avoid Alarm Systems

Beware of Door Knockers

Dear friends,
During the summer and just after, you can expect to see salesmen going door-to-door in neighborhoods selling various home services including home security services.  There is nothing wrong with this type of sales practice. However, many of the individual sales people are under tremendous pressure to close a sale on the spot, and some resort to pressure sales tactics.  For example, he might say “I’m from the alarm company, and I’m here to upgrade your system.” Or “your neighbor, Mrs. Smith, said you should consider this service.”

What to do:
1. Ask to see the license and proof of insurance for the service provider.

2. Wait 24 hours to make any decision for home services, especially services that involve long-term contracts.

3. Do some very basic research. Visit www.bbb.org or www.angieslist.com for unbiased reviews and ratings of service providers.

4. Ask for references. Speak to 2 or 3 different customers who have used the service provider for over a year.

Owen Security Solutions offers the latest technologies in home security and interactive services, including smartphone apps, cameras, and thermostat and lighting control. We have proudly served NorthWest Georgia for over 40 years. Please check out our website, www.OwenSecurity.com for the latest offerings. Call 706.629.7398 for a home security consultation or to see the latest home security technologies.

Yours Truly,

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By |September 26th, 2013|Security Tips|Comments Off on Beware of Door Knockers

Home Burglary Rises When Kids Go Back to School

The kids are back in school, now is the time to make sure your home is protected. Below are some statistics that show why now is the time to “protect what matters most.”

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Home Burglary Statistics in the US

A home burglary occurs every 14 seconds within the United States commonly between the times 10:00am and 3:00pm when residents are at work or school. Here is a listing of the most common entry points homes are broken into.

Common Entry Points of Break In

• 34% are through the front door.
• 23% are through the first floor window.
• 22% are through the back door.
• 9% are through the garage.
• 6% are through the storage area.
• 4% are through the basement.
• 2% are through a second floor entry point.

Burglary’s cost an average of $4.6 billion in lost and damaged property each year. 13% of police clear reported burglaries and rarely catch the thief in the act. The most common months for burglaries to occur is July and August with February being the most infrequent. The average burglar only spends 8 to 12 minutes in your home.

How Burglar Break In and What They Steal

The common burglar enters through a door or window and uses common tools around the house such as a hammer, crow bar, or screw driver to gain entry. While 70% of burglars use some form of force to enter the home, easy access through an open entry point is preferred.

Common items of theft are cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptops, tablets, DVRs and other small electronic devices. The common burglar are young males under the age of 25 seeking small expensive items they can use to convert to cash for living expenses or drugs.

Sources:
http://crimedoctor.com/home.htm, http://www.seay-inspections.com/burglary_statistics.htm, http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-us

By |September 5th, 2013|Security Tips|Comments Off on Home Burglary Rises When Kids Go Back to School