by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - After a string of home invasions and burglaries hit the Permian Basin, more homeowners are getting alarm systems installed for their safety, and they're not settling for the basic installation either.
"We're looking at a lot more equipment now like window controllers, and outside sirens, but what really surprises me is that people are adding cameras at the front of the houses and driveways," Peak Communications and Security Manager, Ben Smith said.
Law enforcement officials say there are other options before installing a full home alarm system.
"Here at the police department we have a Crime Preventions Unit that comes to your home and inspects your home and where security protection may be needed," Sgt. David Garcia, with the Midland Police Department, said.
Others say an updated alarm system can benefit a homeowner in the long run.
"Homeowners know that people care coming in through front doors, now instead of the back. It gives them peace of mind especially if they have children to have a camera," Smith said.
Law enforcement officials advise homeowners who have alarm systems to lock all second floor windows since not all security systems provide sensors on windows on that top floor.