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Better Safe than Sorry

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in this continually challenging economic climate, we have to be prepared for just that. Roger Lane, a professor at Haverford College, stated to ABC News in December 2009, that, "In a short period of time we may see levels of desperation that we have not seen in a long time." Unemployment rates remain high, driving people’s stress upward with it. Experts say that when people get desperate, especially those who are younger and in lower-income brackets, they are more likely to turn to drugs, alcohol and crime. Statistics show that as the use of alcohol and drugs increases for an individual so does the likelihood of committing a breaking and entering crime, whether it be a home or business invasion. In 2009, according to a report by the FBI, there were over 2 million burglaries. Of those 73% were residential, and 27% were commercial. Home invasion statistics are alarming. One in five homes suffers a break-in. 8,000 home invasions occur every day in North America. 68% of home invasions are committed by people unknown to the victims. Half of all home invasions involve a weapon, and nearly half of those victims suffer physical injury. Burglars typically choose entry points that are less visible to neighbors, passers-by or other community protectors. As Vince Lombardi famously said, “the best defense is a good offense,” and the best offense against breaking and entering is taking good security measures. Home and business protection involves many different aspects. First and foremost it is important to have well lit property and unobstructed entry points that are not blocked by shrubbery, debris or other items. Never underestimate the use of physical barriers such as solid vs. hollow doors, heavy duty locks, window bars and similar items. However, we suggest you don’t rely on physical barriers alone. There are many security systems and services available. Security systems can include alarms, motion detectors, motion-sensitive flood lights, video surveillance, and more. Burglars usually avoid homes and businesses with intruder alarms or video surveillance and look for easier targets. Having a security system can lower your insurance premiums. There are three elements of a security system: Prevention – visual deterrent of alarm boxes, cameras, activated floodlights, etc. Detection – component response of triggered sensors (sirens, flashing lights, etc.) Emergency Response – contact with local police, fire or other services. At Falcon Tech we have a wide array of security products that can be integrated into your business or residential network. Don’t wait until after a burglary to install a security system. It’s better to be safe than sorry.