How to Keep You and Your Home Safe
It’s a scary world out there. In frightening statistics, millions of Americans fall victim to crime each year. On the whole the rate of crime is falling. Becoming the victim of a crime, whether your home is broken into or your personal space is violated, is always a horrific and traumatic experience, and often costly. Taking these things into consideration, it is essential to know what steps you can take to keep yourself and your property safe.
A shocking 3.4 million homes are burglarized each year in the United States. Many burglars invade homes through the back door; 22 percent. You can prevent this from happening by keeping your back door locked, free of cracks, warping and rot. Even more scary, 34 percent of burglars walk right through the front door. Using deadbolts on your door can help prevent such an intrusion. You should also always ensure that lights are installed on all sides of your home from the outside. However, the most common time for a house to be burglarized is between 10:00 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon.
Cash, wallets, purses and bank or credit cards are the often stolen when your house is broken into. However, the most commonly stolen items by thieves who burglarize your home are appliances at 34.4 percent. Taking measures to protect your home is important. Leave a few lights on while you’re out, keep the entrances easily visible by trimming trees and shrubs around them. Get a dog or even just a “Beware of Dog” sign and keep pet doors locked if you have any. Even if you do install an alarm, you should also avoid keeping a spare key hidden outside.
While out on the street, you should always be aware of your surroundings. On average, there are 667,000 robberies and personal thefts occurring outdoors, and 28 percent involve a gun. Walk in groups whenever possible. Walk at a brisk pace and avoid talking to strangers. Limit the amount of packages you are carrying while out. Always avoid secluded areas such as alleys and vacant lots and stay on the sidewalk. If you are using earphones, keep the volume low enough so you can hear background noises.
There are 715,373 vehicles reported as stolen annually. Three percent of these involve carjacking. Always look around and inside your car before entering it. Avoid leaving your keys in the car or keeping the motor running if you temporarily exit. Always avoid leaving valuables in sight. Parking in busier areas that are well lit can keep you and your car safer.
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Written by Cowboy on September 5th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture