Recent findings show that “overall crime rates in America’s 30 largest cities remain at or near historic lows.” Although this is positive, the most common types of crimes – theft, burglaries, identity theft and assault – still happen. Being vigilant when out and adding layers of protection to your home make it harder for a perpetrator to act. Here are solutions a family can use to protect themselves and their property:
A home is a family’s sanctuary. Deter intruders and petty thieves with some of these ideas:
Door security and window security
Door security and window security should be a high priority since most intruders enter through doors and windows. Statistics show that 34% of burglars enter through the front door and 23% of burglars gain entrance through a first-floor window. Here are some crime prevention tips and tools you can use to deter intruders from entering through doors and windows:
Get in the habit of keeping all windows and doors locked whenever they’re not in use.
Add door chains to your front and back doors to prevent forced entry and use them when you’re home.
Install aftermarket window locks that only allow the windows to open a certain amount.
Add motion-detector lights outside to deter intruders
Top standalone security products
The latest standalone home security products are wireless and easy to install. They enhance your home’s family safety level and make it easier to control your surroundings. Some standalone products that enhance safety measures at home include:
Indoor or outdoor cameras that can monitor your home and its surroundings. Choose a smart camera that can be accessed through a smartphone app so you can see what’s going on.
Video doorbells so you can see who’s at the door without opening it.
Smart locks that remotely open and close through an app are helpful if you sometimes forget to lock the door when you leave home. You can assign a unique PIN code to every visitor (that can be revoked at any time) to avoid hiding key copies in your yard or under a doormat where they can be found.
Complete home security systems
For the ultimate home protection, complete security systems provide many levels of security and personal safety. A home security system features a central keypad or hub that is linked to a combination of sensors, alarms and cameras to detect intrusion and environmental hazards like water leaks, fire, smoke or carbon monoxide. These systems can be monitored through a smart home app or by a professional monitoring service. Some advantages to installing a complete security system include:
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “The number of violent-crime victims age 12 or older rose from 2.7 million in 2015 to 3.3 million in 2018.” There are many tools available today to keep you and your loved ones from becoming statistics. All family members should think about personal safety and:
Remember there is safety in numbers. When going out, bring a friend or family member along.
Keep valuables like smartphones, money and/or a wallet concealed while out.
Consider purchasing personal safety devices like a keychain that acts like a personal safety alarm or a tracker that can be activated by clicking three times to alert the monitoring team of your location and that you need emergency assistance.
Fraud from identity theft affects millions of people every year – and the figure is rising. These small actions can have big results when it comes to preventing identity theft in your family:
Monitor your credit and your bank accounts for unusual activity, or pay for a professional credit monitoring service that alerts you if there are inquiries or changes in your credit report.
Exercise good password security by using passwords that aren’t easily guessed or discovered. Use long passwords that are a combination of upper and lowercase letters and numbers and never share them with others, even if the individuals represent themselves as bank or financial institution employees.
Invest in a good shredder and shred documents with personal information on them.