Use These 10 Tactics To Avoid Home Crime In New Hampshire
Burglaries have dropped significantly in 2020, which makes sense given the pandemic. People weren’t leaving their homes, so it’s much harder for criminals to break in and steal things when the owners never leave. But this was not the case in 2019! FBI crime statistics show $ 15.8 billion was lost in home and property crimes in 2019.
Now that the restrictions are lifted and we are allowed to travel again, we need to put home security back in the spotlight. There are specific steps you can take to protect your loved ones and property. A study conducted by safehome.org gives New Hampshire residents the best ways to avoid home crime. The site analyzed the most recent FBI data and interviewed 448 people who were victims of home crimes.
So what should we do?
Top 5 modifications to add to the house:
1. Outdoor lighting (47% of people added them after being the victim of a crime in their home)
2. Alarm (45%)
3. Modify or add locks (43%)
4. Beware of the Dog Sign (30%) Even if your dog is the most adolescent, adorable Golden Doodle, still get the sign! Heck, even if you don’t have a dog at all, get the sign!
5. Curtains (25%). “Hey, that’s a really nice flat screen TV!” The less people can see into your homes, the better.
·The 5 main behavior changes to make:
1. Lock windows at night (47% of respondents started doing this after being the victim of a home crime)
2. Lock the garage door (28%) So many people don’t! My family NEVER grew up and my dad constantly lost beer in our fridge in the garage. Certainly, I took it but still.
3. Hide outdoor valuables (25%)
4. Bought a gun (23%) We live in New Hampshire! Live Free or Die!
5. Stop leaving keys in unexpected places (21%) Ah, people think they are smart with rock-like key chains prominently displayed in their backyards. The bad guys know better. They are smarter than you think!
Check Out the Full Study Here!