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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?'"

About NBFAA

NBFAA - Electronic Life Safety, Security & Systems ProfessionalsNBFAA, 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

About ADT Security Services

ADT Security Services is a unit of Tyco International and part of ADT Worldwide, the world's largest electronic security provider. In North America, ADT provides electronic security services to nearly five million commercial, government and residential customers. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, video systems, access control, critical condition monitoring, home health services, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT's government and commercial customers include a majority of the nation's Fortune 500 companies, all U.S. federal courthouses and over 70 mid to large airports. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, ADT has more than 24,000 employees at approximately 240 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More ADT information is at www.adt.com.

Contact(s):

Laurie Knox
NBFAA
888-447-1689 x209
e-mail: LaurieK@alarm.org

Bob Tucker
ADT Security Services
561-988-3619
e-mail: btucker@adt.com


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