Upgrading Your Home Security on a Budget

A Philadelphia man was arrested this month for breaking into several residences in Evesham Township, NJ using a simple lock-picking technique called “bumping.” The burglar, Angel Calo-Rivera, 54, allegedly stole jewelry, clothing, and electronics for over a year without leaving a sign of forced entry.

Sadly, these crimes could have been prevented with a basic security system and a bump-resistant lock. If an expensive home security system is beyond your means, Schlage provides an affordable solution that doubles as a lock as well as an alarm system. But first, let’s take a look at some important facts about household burglaries.

Household Burglary Statistics

The following facts were gathered from a special report by the U.S. Department of Justice:

  • In 2011, only 10 percent of reported burglaries resulted in an arrest
  • Roughly 34 percent of burglaries in 2011 resulted in the theft of electronic devices or household appliances
  • Between 1994 and 2011, the median dollar amount of stolen items and cash from household burglaries increased by 54 percent (from $389 to $600 per year)

Also in the report, the rate of household burglaries decreased by an astounding 56 percent from 1994 to 2011, a sign that more homeowners are taking extra security precautions to safeguard their home.

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A home security system provides little value if you forget to activate the alarm. With the Schlage BE469NX Deadbolt, you get a keyless lock with built-in alarm technology, so all you have to worry about is securing your doors. Forget to lock the deadbolt behind you? No problem. The Schlage BE469NX automatically locks and unlocks after a user code is entered. Plus, the anti-pick shield means you’re protected from bumping and other lock-tampering methods.

Additionally, when combined with the Nexia Home Intelligence, an automation system that allows you to adjust your thermostat, lights, and security cameras, this high-security deadbolt can be controlled wirelessly via computer or smartphone. This means you can be out of town on business in Chicago and still unlock your doors for the kids in Cincinnati when they arrive home from school.

Benefits of Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt

  • Grade 1 residential security (the highest security rating)
  • Matte finish keypad prevents fingerprints (works with gloves)
  • Build-in Alarm Technology detects movement and alerts homeowners when tampered
  • Features three audible alert settings including activity, tamper, and forced entry
  • With Nexia Home Intelligence, users can set lock codes for specific days and times
  • With Nexia Home Intelligence, users receive a text message when the alarm is activated
  • 1-year battery life, 4 AA batteries included
  • 1-year manufacture warranty plus lifetime limited mechanical and cosmetic warranty

Contact us today to learn more about the Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt or give us a call at 877.439.5377.

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