Having a home security system can provide peace of mind for homeowners.
According to U.S. Department. of Justice statistics, most burglaries happen during the times of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., as these are the prime times where homes are unoccupied. They estimate that for every 15 seconds that pass in the United States, a home is burglarized. Home burglaries also spike during the summer months.
Hutchinson Police Officer Theresa Leider warns social media users of the dangers of posting too much information on Facebook.
“A really big part of home security in this age of social media is being aware of what you’re posting,” she said. “You don’t want to post that you’re going to be gone. A lot of people will tag that they’re at Minneapolis airport flying to Las Vegas, and it’s not that hard for anyone who knows something to back track to find where your address is.”
The Hutchinson Police Department has received 40 burglary reports since January 2018. Many times home break-ins are crimes of opportunity, and if someone leaves their cars unlocked it’s not that hard to hit the garage door opener and get inside a house. That’s why it’s important to lock all vehicles when they’re not in use.
In addition to using some best practices, it also doesn’t hurt to have a home security system. Bradley Security of Glencoe aims to give their customers something other companies can’t.
“How we like to do security is to break the mold from the corporate world,” said Josh Olson, president of Bradley Security. “Those companies like ADT and Vivent come out to someone’s house selling them a box product. How I like to do it is sit down at the kitchen table with my customers and do (a) walk through of the property. I want to find out where they’re vulnerable.”
When doing that initial walk through of the homeowner’s property he takes note of any accessible windows and doors that are lacking a deadbolt. From there he likes to put together a system that works for the customer’s needs.
“Because we come from a locksmithing background, we can help accessorize doors with locks,” Olson said. “We just have a really good field of view for our customers.”
Most of their customers are driven to install home security because they either know someone whose home has been broken into, or they are fearful of being broken into.
”It’s usually fear based,” Olson said. “Scared of being broken into, but generally people don’t pull the trigger.”
Olson said they offer something called smart home security, which usually costs homeowners about $1,600-$1,700.
“We don’t do any contracts with people,” Olson said. “Again, we want to break the mold from the corporate world. It’s $45 a month for our services, and we don’t charge more. We actually have a referral program that gives people a $5 discount on their bill for life for every customer they refer to us.”
Smart home security utilizes the alarm.com app on customers cell phones, tablets or home computers. From that app, customers are not only able to control their security systems, but also their thermostats, lights, locks, garage doors and water sensors.
“There’s over 2,000 different smart products that we can link with our systems,” Olson said. “When you hear people talking about how the smart home is being able to see everything that’s going on remotely, that’s what we do.”
The doorbell camera is a favorite among customers, according to Olson. The camera links with the home security system and allows customers to peek outside their doors whenever they feel like it. Homeowners receive text notifications if anyone rings the doorbell during the day.
“A notification will pop up, and at my house it will show up as someone just rang the Olson doorbell,” he said. “I then pull up the app. I can see that person. I can hear what they’re talking about. It’s recording that whole time. It’s got an intercom so I can just hold down a button and talk to them.”