Over 14,000 burglaries reported in L.A. in 2014

Crime in the United States

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:

  • Make sure the outside of your home is well-lit with bright exterior lighting and can be set off with motion sensors.
  • Have an alarm system professionally installed. Make sure it's a monitored alarm system, so that your system sends for help in an emergency if you're unable to call police or you're not at home.
  • Consider adding security cameras to your alarm system. With a Total Connect system from Security Doctors, you can monitor the footage right on a smartphone and receive alerts when motion is detected.
  • Discourage intruders even further by placing items on windowsills, such as a "prickly cactus or thorny rose bush," or items that would make a lot of noise if disturbed. If burglars sense it wwill be difficult to enter these windows without getting hurt or making a racket, they will avoid them entirely.

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.

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