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    Black Hat Security
    165 W. Iron Ave.
    Mesa, Arizona 85210
    (480) 830-4428

    The Importance of a Home Security system in
    Phoenix Arizona

    Many residents of Phoenix will agree with this statement:

    As incredible as Arizona’s capital city is, there are obvious safety issues that need to be addressed, and some of those issues are quite dangerous for homeowners.

    Listed as the fifth largest city in the US, Phoenix, Arizona is home to 1.6 million people and growing, subsequently listing it as the most populous city in all of Arizona. Offering a large variety of challenging golf courses, delicious Latin food, and 6 major lakes, it’s easy to understand why tourism is Phoenix’ second strongest industry.

    But why is it so dangerous?

    Despite the tourism and attraction the State capital brings, residents of the city are painfully aware of the worrying crime rate of Phoenix, with an alarming 58,000 residential crimes occuring every year, with the chances as high as 1 in 28 persons becoming a victim of property-related crimes.

    Arizona families have a right to residential safety, and must be properly equipped and educated to better protect their homes.

    Knowing how to protect your family begins by:

    • Knowing where in the home burglary most often occurs,
    • How burglars behave, and
    • What home security tools can be used to reduce the risk of property related crime in your neighbourhood.

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    7 Facts About Common Theft Behaviour
    And How to Respond

    34% of All Burglars Choose to Enter Through the Front Door

    Unexpectedly so, the SafeWise team reported in April 2018 that more than one third of all burglars successfully enter through the front door of one’s home. Either because of insufficient front-door security, or the faulty thinking that a burglary wouldn’t occur in an entrance so blatantly visible, the front-door should be one of the securest points of entry into your home, and should be monitored at the highest level of home security.

    What to do:

    Consider finding a home security system that offers an internet-connected doorbell camera: a camera placed conveniently on your front door that allows you to record and visibly monitor those who approach your home, with monitoring abilities accessible from your phone or other connected mobile devices your family may have.

    Most Burglaries Actually Occur During the Day

    The common misconception is that most burglaries occur during the dark, when one is asleep or when the family has vacated the home – but the truth is exactly the opposite. Most burglaries actually occur most often between the times of 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, according to the FBI ; a time when both parents and children have recently left the home, their neighbours are elsewhere, and visibility is at its highest.

    What to do:

    Since being at home often isn’t feasible to protect your home, being able to rely on a responsive motion-sensor system is crucial for both the front door, and other accessible points of entry in the home.

    Most Burglars Know Exactly When You’re Away

    Often when most home owners leave the home, many like to create the impression that their home is still occupied, yet they fail to realize that these falsely created impressions are the exact giveaways that communicate to a burglar that they’re away from home. In contrast, some other signs that many fail to realize also communicate to a burglar that you’re away,

    all of which include:

    • Leaving on the light by the foyer, living room, or bed rooms during evenings while you’re away
    • Scheduling your sprinkler system while you’re at work
    • Long grass, unkempt shrubbery, and other poorly maintained yard work
    • Unemptied mail boxes, uncollected newspapers, or accumulating advertisements
    • Placing a “Beware of Dog” poster nearly poorly secured backyard entrances

    What You Should Do:

    Makeshift tactics are in no way a proper or even proveable method of home security, while many of these signs are clear communicates that further place your home at risk. Avoid these common tactics, and consider placing a security sticker of your chosen home security system that communicates to burglars that your home is properly protected. It’s no wonder that the University of North Carolina reported that 60% of burglars had stated that the conscious presence of an alarm system affected their decision to break into a home or not.

    More than 1 in 4 Burglaries Occur While Someone’s at Home

    While the majority of burglaries occur while family members away, a shocking 28% of reported burglaries occurred while at least one resident was present, as reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Not only does this put one’s valuables in danger, but it certainly endangers the individuals that are present during the time of a residential crime.

    What You Should Do:

    Other than obviously leaving your children with a trusted guardian while you’re away, it’s important to know what’s happening inside your home. In addition to having maximum security on all access points to your home, consider a home security system that offers HD indoor cameras. Doing so will allow you to monitor the activities of your loved ones while you’re away, while allowing you to survey any discrepancies when your home is vacant.

    65% of Burglars Are Personally Acquainted with Their Victims

    Just as important as your valuables and loved ones is the personal information you choose to share with others. Many unknowingly share crucial and invasive forms of information about their schedules, lifestyles, or upcoming trips on social media, not knowing that they’re making a residential crime in their own home more feasible to dangerous onlookers.

    What You Should Stop Doing Online:

    When posting on social media, you should avoid posting:

    • Frequent or recurring posts of your work activities:
      Doing so will help burglars know when you’re away from home, and how long it will take for you to get home after the work day.

    • Frequent or recurring posts of your work activities:
      Many often post pictures of purchased concert tickets, scheduled flights, or innocent pictures of themselves packing bags for their upcoming vacation. As innocent as this seems, doing so also communicates to burglars when you’ll be away from home for long periods of time, and may help them plan accordingly.

    What You Should Stop Doing at Home:
    When Inviting People Into Your Home, avoid:

    • Giving detailed tours of your home:

      Doing so will allow burglars to visibly see potential entry points, identify the location of your valuables, assess the value of your possessions, and better plan a breaking and entry

    • Relaying or mentioning security-related information, including:

      Security codes, locations for spare/hidden keys, or how your security or other automated systems operate.

    The Average Burglar Steals More than $2,000 USD per Home

    In the average american household, an estimated +$80,000 worth of valuables are located throughout one’s home, but some items are more likely to be stolen than others, depending on their size, weight, and security protecting it. Some of the most frequently stolen items include:

    • Hard Cash
    • Jewelry
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Laptops, Smartphones, and Mobile Devices
    • Household items, like: pots, pans, expensive decorations or fixtures, expensive silverware

    What You Should Do:

    The less valuables you have in your home, the smaller your losses might be in the case of a break-in. Try to bring as many valuables with you at all times, including your smartphone, wallet, laptops, and any other possessions that are small enough to bring with you. For smartphones and other mobile devices, install and enable location-tracking functions on your phone so that in the case of a burglary, your stolen possessions can be located, the whereabouts of burglars can be identified, and your valuables can be returned.

    What You Should Stop Doing:

    Avoid disclosing the value of your personal items to other people, since doing so will create a greater incentive for others to break into your home in the future. Other options include finding a home security system that will allow you to monitor your homes’ activities during your absence via smartphone or other internet-connected mobile devices.

    Burglars Most Often Target the Master Bedroom

    Similar to the statistic stated prior, master bedrooms are often the most targeted locations for theft, specifically because of how many valuable items are placed therein. In the master bedroom, the average value of possessions ranges between +$4,000 and +$13,000, making your bedroom as one of the primary targets for a burglary.

    What Should You Stop Doing:

    Avoid leaving amounts of hard cash in obvious and predictable places, like underneath your pillow or mattress, “secret-compartment” books, or bundles with your socks. Hard cash, if it must be stored privately in your home, should be placed in a security-locked enclosure like a safe.

    What You Should Do:

    To prevent further losses to your home or your master bedroom in particular, consider placing other valuables in less targeted areas. A TV, for example, can either be placed in the living room, or in the basement for those who have a finished basement. Expensive furniture, rather than being placed in your bedroom, can also be placed in the living room, or in other living spaces within your home.

    Home security is the responsibility of every homeowner, and should be placed as a #1 priority for those living in a city as potentially dangerous as Phoenix. With all of the security measures provided, there is no sufficient or equal substitute to having a home security system with top-tier technology, a responsive local team, and field-tested systems.