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Home Alarms Can Keep Your Family Safe

Dale Elliott, the president of Allstate Security Industries Dale Elliott, the president of Allstate Security Industries

In just the first five days of June Amarillo police responded to 52 burglary calls.

In fact since the middle of May, a week hasn't passed without 70 or more burglaries.

Amarillo's averaging nearly 10 burglaries a day right now.

And in order to keep your house safe, you may need to look into alarm safety.

"Burglaries go up in the summer because the teens are out of school and so their's just more mischief cause they're out and about," said Dale Elliott, the president of Allstate Security Industries.

According to home safety experts, hot weather and school being out are just two of the factors that can cause home burglaries to rise during the summer.

Amarillo has averaged well over two thousand burglaries a year since the beginning of the decade.

But it's not just a summer time crime, burglaries peak at other times of the year too.

"The greatest increase that we see actually is during the holidays because even the bad guys want to give their families stuff so they go out and steal it from the people who have actually worked for it," Elliott said.

Home alarms are a good way to deter criminals, protect your home, and they may not cost you as much as you think.

"Number one it protects the things that are most important to you and your and your children's lives and the insurance discounts are substantial. Up to 20 percent on their premium," said Elliott.

And home alarms can work more than you think.

"My security officers have caught 735 burglars in 33 years," Elliot said.

Dale Elliott says the economy and rising crime has effected his business.

He's hired 20 new employees just this year in order to keep up with the demand of alarm systems.

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