Is crime going down in the United States? It depends on who you ask.
While some new statistics offer an occasional glimmer of hope, there's no denying that crime is still a part of our lives, and always will be. Just ask the residents of any metropolitan area in the U.S., where crimes like burglary, home invasion and theft occur every day, in virtually every neighborhood.
As NBC Los Angeles reported in January, there were more than 14,000 residential burglaries reported to L.A. police in 2014. That's almost 40 homes a day, on average, that are being broken into and burglarized. And let's not hide the fact that many of those burglaries were violent crimes: frightening situations that became life-threatening when burglars entered homes while residents were inside.
Crime trends always change from year to year, and the stats are different in every community. A dip in crime rates is always welcome news, but that doesn't mean you should let your guard down. There's always the risk you could become the next victim. But you can significantly minimize that risk with things like a home security system.
In response to L.A.'s startling burglary statistics, NBC Los Angeles offered viewers some tips on how to complete a "home security makeover" that provides protection against these crimes.
Here are some of their recommendations, which are applicable to ALL homeowners, across the country:
Don't become another statistic. Call Security Doctors to find out how you can keep your home safe from burglary, as well as other household dangers, including fire/smoke and carbon monoxide.