How to Keep Informed About Criminal Activity in Your City
No matter where you live, everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their home. Unfortunately, the reality is a break in happens every 15 second in the United states. In August of 2021, Las Vegas metropolitan police record 55 home invasions. This is why it is important to be aware of the criminal activity in the city you live.
Suburban communities accross Las Vegas have seen a spike in home invasions over the past year. Specifically targeting nice, quite and generally elderly communities which typically involve break-ins into multiple homes in the area over a short period of time.
You may also be surprised to know that these criminals are not only targeting luxury goods. Statistics show us that nearly 29% of home robberies that happened between 2019 and 2020 included theft of passports, banking information, ID’s and other personal items.
While burglars were traditionally after your possessions and audio/visual systems in particular they are likely to take anything that can help them carry out other crimes such as forging identities or taking part in money laundering schemes
Keeping informed about crime in your neighbourhood would allow you to protect your home from thieves. Here are some tips on how this can be achieved:
Join and Participate in Your Community’s Online Forums
Keeping watch of the area surrounding where you live is important because most robberies take place mid day when people are at school or work. Most home owners are taking advantage of not only setting up cameras such as the Ring doorbell, but also taking advantage of websites like Nextdoor that provide a private social network designed to connect neighbors. To go with this many communities have dedicated Facebook pages that also connect people who live in their local area. These types of sites, and similar closed groups on Facebook are a great way to quickly get the word out about suspicious activity.
Join Your Communities Neighborhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch has been a trusted organization since 1983 and helps to keep on top of crime activity in your local area. It is focused on the prevention and detection of crime, fostering good citizenship by encouraging neighbors to work together. Their website provides a resource section that allows you to look up to how stay safe in different scenarios, as well as, videos about the topic on their community messages page.
Install Premium Security Screens on Your Windows and Doors
Joining both the neighborhood watch and online communities is a great way to always be informed about criminal activity in your community, but the best home security measure is a preventative measure. Although burglars try to strike when no one is home, according to thezebra.com 27.6% of all burglaries occur when someone is home. Potentially putting the resident in harms way.
Aircraft steel mesh security screens are industry proven to STOP criminals at the point of entry. With their patended technology, the more the would be criminal tries to pry, cut or force their way in, the stronger the screens become stronger by cementing together making it nearly impossible for the intruder to get inside your home. Security Plus Las Vegas has a large range of color frames and screens to match any home style and every screen is custom built to fit any size opening.
Opportunistic thieves will always be looking for homes that they consider to be an easy target. Knowing what is happening in your local community, as well as, taking your own preventative measures will help you be better prepared for any criminal activity that does affect your neighbourhood.
Lets us know about some way you keep informed about criminal activity in the comments below. If you’re looking for more information on ways to ensure your elderly loved ones are safe during these troubling times, check out our last blog!
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