Per the most recent statistics from the FBI, there were an estimated 7,993,631 property crimes, nationwide in 2015. 21% of those were home break-ins. The number fluctuates by year, but has steadily escalated over the last decade.

Closer to home, certain neighborhoods in Warwick have seen a recent rash of thefts in January 2017, from snowboards stolen from the back of Jeeps in driveways; to break-ins of sheds and garages. Locally the area is experiencing an uptick in property crime and theft of consumer goods. Warwick Police have indicated that these types of crimes can often be drug related, reselling hot merchandise for quick cash.

Beyond guard dogs, deadbolt locks, outside motion sensor lights or more expensive security such as the Slomin Shield and Honeywell, how can you protect yourself from having your home and property burglarized (without breaking the bank)?

Historically, homeowners often invested in a central monitoring home security system such as ADT. The process involved:  

·      A salesman visiting your home, before you could even gauge the price of the system.

·      A team of professionals installing cameras and sensors and running a hard-wired system throughout the house to your landline.

·      A staff working in a central monitoring station that would alert local police if the alarm is tripped.

The homeowner would be charged for the equipment, installation and an additional monthly fee for home monitoring.

The last 10 years’ technology has advanced to the point that homeowners now have a different choice for safeguarding their homes. Wireless, web-based security systems that can be installed by Do-It-Yourselfers have become the new trend in home security. Instead of a long-winded time consuming process, the system involves a trip to Home Depot or a search on the web, and then an hour of two of time for the homeowner to set it up.

From Nannie Cams, to motion sensors, homeowners now have the up-to-the-minute ability to check in on their homes remotely at any time. Cameras can instantaneously send a signal and live-feed video to your cell phone or I-Pad, home monitoring is now as simple as checking your cell phone.  According to INC. Magazine and businessinsider.com, “DIY systems are on track to take over 34 percent of the home security market by 2020. They're also projected to account for more than 62 percent of the market by 2035.”

So, it makes sense to at least explore the option and check out the new tech that is available in home security. I have included a few websites below that discuss the topic and give consumers a general feel of what options are possible and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Whichever you choose there is a certain peace of mind that comes from being able to remotely check out your home from the comfort of your office, train ride, or beach chair.

http://www.techlicious.com/guide/do-it-yourself-home-security-systems/

http://www.wxyz.com/news/tuesday-at-11-diy-home-security-thats-easy-to-install-and-low-cost

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2498510,00.asp

http://www.asecurelife.com/best-home-security-system/