Burglary Deterrence Ideas For New Homeowners

Few things in life are as exciting as owning your first home, and the experience should remain one you remember with fondness for the rest of your life. Crime, however, can tarnish that experience. While new homeowners are wrapped up in the fun of settling in to their new home and getting familiar with the new neighborhood, criminals are very likely getting familiar with them, too! The fact is, crime does not take a break and the very nature of a bust move may make your home a target for crime.

If you are buying a new home, here are some important home security tips you should consider right now:

  1. Take steps to remove anything that obstructs your view of the property. Overgrown shrubs and trees provide the perfect cover a burglar wanting to gain access to you home.
  2. Make gaining access to your property difficult. If the property does not already have one, install a fence or wall, and a locked gate.
  3. Install outdoor lighting. Use motion sensor lighting around the property so that there are no dark or secluded areas where a burglar can hide.
  4. Change the locks immediately. It is impossible to know if a previous homeowner had and shared extra keys to your new home. Play it safe and have the locks changed even before your first night.
  5. Have a home alarm systems installed. Burglars count on it taking time for a new homeowner to settle in to a new property. They also know that they likely have made a few purchases to go with that new home, like new furniture or electronics.  Be proactive and have a home security system installed as soon as possible.
  6. Install a video surveillance system. CCTV can provide just the right amount of visibility, and the right amount of visible deterrence.
  7. Install a peephole in your front door. If your home is a new structure the front door is likely stock, which means it may not yet have a peephole installed. If it does not yet have one, have one, get one installed at a height that is most comfortable to all of the people in your household.
  8. Find out about area crime trends. While any crime can happen in any area, it helps to know what crimes are common so you can make a purposeful effort to thwart that particular crime.
  9. Get familiar with neighborhood service providers and schedules.  It is difficult to pick out suspicious activity if you do not know legitimate activity. Be able to identity local utility and delivery services so suspicious activity stands out.
  10. Join a neighborhood watch program. Get to know your neighbors and join forces to keep your neighborhood safe. If you do not have a neighborhood watch program, call the local police department and ask for information about starting one.

About Complete Security Systems

Owning a home is the American dream. Make sure you take all the necessary precautions against crime that can make the experience a nightmare. If you have questions about how to make your new home a safe haven, the best home security and home alarm products, or video surveillance systems, give us a call today.

Burglary and Property Crime in New Jersey

Many of our New Jersey alarm systems customers want to know what parts of the state are the most vulnerable to burglary and other property crimes – in other words, crimes that security systems are designed to ward off. Thanks to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which runs about a year behind and recently released the preliminary data for 2017, we can provide you with that information. Right now, it appears that New Jersey cities with high incidents of these crimes in 2017 include:

City Burglaries Property Crimes
Newark 1,019 4,559
Jersey City 575 2,524
Paterson 744 2,140

There are a few in the report that were something of an anomaly when it comes to being hit hard by burglary and property crime. For example, Woodbridge Township experienced 971 property crimes in 2016, but only 135 reported burglaries. The same was true of Edison Township, where 633 property crimes took place, but only 136 burglaries – and Elizabeth, which experienced an astonishing 1,747 property crimes as opposed to 386 burglaries.

What Is Property Crime?

For those who don’t know, property crime is defined as any crimes involving burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The burglary numbers are included in the property crime numbers for each city.

In any case, these stats confirm what those of us in the security industry already knew: There has never been a greater need for homeowners to protect their properties with electronic security products, including alarm systems and video surveillance cameras, all monitored by a reliable, local monitoring center.

Our New Jersey alarm systems customers benefit from those products and services, so their chances of experiencing burglary and certain property crimes are much lower. If you would like more information, contact Complete Security Systems; we will be glad to help.

About Complete Security Systems

Since 1983, CSS has been meeting the needs of homes and businesses throughout New Jersey with intelligent security systems custom tailored to protect life and property. Integrity in sales & consulting, painstaking care during installation and superior customer service have earned Complete Security Systems the trust and respect of New Jersey residents, and the brand names that you know and trust.