Home Security Systems Michigan
Did you know that nearly 90% of all crimes in Michigan are property crimes? Out of a total of 295,023 crimes, 250,101 were property crimes according to Neighborhood Scout.
So if you are living in Michigan, or planning to move there, are you taking enough precautions for the safety of your family and your valuable property?
Then again, what is ‘enough care’? You can never be perfectly safe. But you can do your best by investing in a good home security system.
Why Do You Need a Home Protection?
If you are still unsure why it is a good idea to invest in an efficient home security system, then take a look at these few more statistics (2013) provided by the Michigan State Police:
There were a total number of 45,710 burglary cases in Michigan that involved forced entry
Without forced entry, there were a total of 8,552 burglary cases reported
Number of robberies amounted to 10,241
There were 24,369 cases of motor vehicle theft
Cases of damage to property amounted to 61,917
Even though the overall crime rate in Michigan has declined over the past few years, these figures are still higher than many other states in the US. According to a 2007 state-wise crime rankings by the US Census Bureau, Michigan came at number 10 on the list of states with the highest crime rates.
By now you must have realized that living in Michigan, like the rest of the most populous states, is not as safe as you thought. The police does the best it can to control crime rates. But they are still prone to errors as much as any other organization. Help them bring down the crime in your state by investing in your protection.
Once you have decided you want a home security system, there is a series of steps you need to follow. To start off, you need to decide what type of system you require?
There are basically three major types of security systems:
Wireless Home Security Systems
This type of security system is designed to send signals from sensors placed strategically throughout your house to the main alarm panel. It does not require extensive wiring. You won’t have to worry about drilling into the walls to install such a network. A wireless security system is also easier to move in case you decide to relocate.
This system, on the other hand, uses wiring to connect each individual sensor to the main alarm panel. Hardwired systems may be suitable in situations where you are either in the process of constructing a new house or renovating your existing one. This system is considered more reliable than a wireless system since there is no interference from nearby devices such as baby monitors or neighbor’s wireless devices, etc.
Hybrid Security Systems
A hybrid system is a mixture of the above two systems with some wiring required. The installation of this system, though, requires a lot more investment in terms of effort and finances.
When you have decided on the type of system, you need to analyze the security needs of your house to decide the sensors and detectors you will need. Take a look at the options available:
Know Your Local Laws
When you decide to purchase a set of home security devices, be sure to check your local laws and regulations for any items that you might be required under law to install in your home. Chapter 125.1504 of the Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) require that the owners of buildings constructed after 1974 install one smoke alarm in each dwelling unit.
Chapter 125.1504f, effective 23 March, 2009, require all single family or multifamily dwellings to have the required carbon monoxide detectors installed at the time of construction.
An Additional Consideration for Michigan Residents
Owing to its proximity to the Great Lakes, Michigan gets the most number of cloudy days than any other state in the US. The annual average humidity in Detroit is 81%. With high humidity levels, you may need to buy humidity sensors, especially for places where you store items that are water vapor sensitive. For that reason, when you’re buying your home security equipment, keep the climate of your city in mind.
Q:What Are the Laws in Michigan Regarding Indoor and Outdoor Security Cameras
A:Michigan is among the 13 states that prohibit the unauthorized use of recording cameras in private places.
In relation to home security, if the camera is not visible, and is not invading the privacy of an individual, then it is usually considered legal without consent. If you have installed surveillance cameras in your own home with the intention of catching an individual in the act of breaking a law, you are not required to post a sign outside your house. If it is a public place, such as a retail store, then you must have a sign posted.
Q:How to stay secure in Michigan?
A:Being secure is not just a matter of installing the best home security equipment in your home. If you want to be safe, you must consider the following:
Be careful-keep doors and windows locked when you’re not around or when you are sleeping; make sure your front and back yards do not suffer from neglect. Overgrown bushes or hedges could serve as the perfect hiding spot for intruders; know your neighbors; don’t leave spare keys lying around in obvious places
Know how to operate your security system-Installing a home security system is just step one. Read the manual or ask the installer to give you a quick walk through of how to operate the system.