Crime is On the Rise…What Can You Do?

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Crime rates are skyrocketing all over the country. Regardless of whether you live in the heart of a major downtown area or you’re in the suburbs, you have to consider just how safe it is around you.

It may not hurt to check out what crimes are being committed in your area. From there, you can work to protect your home.

Especially around the holidays, you can never be too careful. While you’re unlikely to place Legos by your windows and hang paint cans above your staircase, Kevin McAllister style, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent a home invasion — or keep the damages to a minimum until the police arrive on the scene.

1. Improve External Lighting: Well-lit outdoor spaces act as effective deterrents against potential criminals. Invest in motion-detecting lights or install timed lighting systems around your home, including the front porch, driveway, and garden areas. Additionally, consider using security floodlights for dark corners where burglars may attempt to lurk undetected.
2. Enhance Entry Point Security:
Invest in high-quality doors and windows with strong locks. Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and reinforce sliding glass doors with security bars or reinforced frames.
3. Secure Garage Entry Points:
Install a garage door opener with a secure digital keypad that is tamper-proof. This will prevent unauthorized access to your vehicles and valuable items stored inside the garage. If you have an attached garage, ensure the interior doors leading from the garage to your home are also equipped with quality locks, preferably those made of metal or hardened materials.
4. Install an Alarm System: Install a professionally monitored security alarm system that includes motion sensors, glass break detectors, and door/window sensors. When choosing an alarm system, prioritize the ones that offer remote monitoring and mobile alerts so you can be notified immediately if any unauthorized access or activities occur in your home.
5. Keep Valuables Hidden or Secured: To deter thieves from targeting your property, make sure valuables like jewelry, electronics, and important documents are either hidden away or secured in fireproof safes. Keep your curtains closed during the day to prevent potential burglars from seeing inside your home and identifying valuable items.
6. Establish a Neighborhood Watch Group: Work with your neighbors to form a neighborhood watch program. By forming a network of vigilant residents, you can increase the safety of each other’s homes and help law enforcement identify and apprehend criminals in the area.
7. Keep Your Property Appearances Well-Maintained: Deter potential burglars by maintaining your property’s appearance. Keep grass cut short, bushes trimmed, and walkways free of debris. This will make it more challenging for criminals to hide or lurk undetected around your home.

Unfortunately, in many cities, the police are being defunded, or budgets are being cut. It means that response times are longer. As long as you know this and are ready to take matters into your own hands, crime in your area doesn’t have to affect you quite as dramatically as it may your neighbors.