Feigned Presence is Better Than None
There are few burglars who break into homes that look "active." When lights and TVs are on or homes look inhabited many would-be burglars quit or move on. Setting lamps and televisions to timers are great ways to make it appear that someone is up and about when they aren't, sending burglars on their way.
Two Enemies of Burglars
The two common enemies of a burglar are time and attention. The more time it takes to break in and the more attention brought about will most likely cause a burglar to walk away in search of an easier target. There are many things you can do to make sure that these two elements work against burglars that come lurking around your property. Exterior illumination is key, motion-detecting lights eliminate shadows and put the spotlight on burglars, causing many to flee. Solid exterior doors, deadbolts, window latches and wooden rods in window and sliding door tracks take time and effort to bypass. They help stop many burglars in their tracks.
Give Your Home Rings of Protection
You want to have many layers or rings of protection for your home. A great home security system does not rely too heavily upon just one or two aspects of protection. The four rings of protection that come standard with ADT monitored home security are deterrence, perimeter control, intrusion detection and 24 hours monitoring. This means that burglars are warned that a home is equipped with ADT monitored home security, extra sensors on vulnerable entry points are switched into the home security control system, motion detectors and sensors warn that someone is inside the home, and 24 hours monitoring notifies the residents and proper authorities that a breach in security has occurred, and sends assistance right away.