Did you know that there were over 2 million home burglaries last year? If you do the math, you would find that is a break-in occurring every 15 seconds. Four times a minute! With numbers like that, no wonder more and more people in Amarillo TX are looking to secure their homes. Fortunately, there are several low-cost measures anyone can take to keep burglaries from happening.

Here are five essential home security measures you cannot do without

Install good locks on all windows and doors…and use them. Most burglaries are crimes of convenience. A burglar canvasses an Amarillo  neighborhood looking for targets. He by-passes the homes with solid doors and Grade 1 locks. Instead, he targets the house with 20-year-old locks that are loose and easily jimmied. Make sure all of your deadbolts meet ANSI Grade 1 or Grade 2 standards. Ensure your window locks are also in good repair.

Eliminate hiding spots. Breaking into a place is much easier if the criminal has someplace out of sight to work. Tall shrubs or dark corners are ideal hiding spots. To secure your Amarillo TX home, you need to eliminate those hiding places. Trim or relocate the shrubs. Add lighting to illuminate dark corners. If you still have vulnerable areas, consider adding strategic plantings. A few rose bushes or a briar patch under a window will keep burglars away.

Add motion sensors to your outdoor lights. Most burglaries occur in the daytime when people are away. However, there is still enough occurring at night to take precautions. Lights that turn on when someone walks in front of the sensor does two things. First, It illuminates the potential intruder, making him or her easier to see. Secondly, It also alerts you and your neighbors that something is moving.

Don’t advertise. You just got the sports car of your dreams. You upgraded your TV to the latest technology and added 20″ to its width. You are just the kind of mark a burglar is looking for. You don’t want to advertise what you have to the outside world. Keep your blinds and drapes drawn. Close the garage door. Don’t put empty boxes on the curb. Don’t brag where people might overhear.

Install a wireless home security system. The days of hardwired home security systems is rapidly fading away. Wireless home security systems have made securing your home much easier and affordable. It is possible for both homeowners and renters in Amarillo TX to have wireless home security systems connected to 24/7 monitoring services.

Wireless home security systems are very affordable these days. They can be installed into homes and apartments without making wired connections. They can be as simple or as complicated as the residents want or need. How are you securing your home?

If you are considering adding a security system or a security camera to your home or business, contact the security experts at 1st Alarm Amarillo. We have the expertise and technology to help you secure your premises at an affordable price.  1st Alarm Amarillo can help you with all of your security needs.  Call (800) 276-5559 today.  Request a Quote online or come by the office located at 3501 S. Georgia Street in Amarillo, Texas.