This post was originally published on January 24, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
In 2018, there were nearly 250,000 complaints of theft in the United States.
Homeowners must learn to be prepared for the worst by taking necessary security precautions—especially if they live in areas prone to crime.
Below, we overview the top 10 most dangerous states in the U.S. and how homeowners can protect themselves.
The Most Dangerous States
Burglaries happen all over the U.S., but some states experience more due to population, poverty levels, businesses and industries, laws and overall access to security equipment. According to World Atlas, these are the top ten most dangerous states in the U.S. based on crime rates.
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
The top ten list is ever-evolving. If you or someone you know lives in a high-crime area, be aware of modern security solutions.
How Residents Can Ramp Up Security
While you may not have control over all the factors that lead to crimes in your area, you can take measures to reduce risk. Examples include:
- Purchase a monitored alarm system. Ensure no dangers go unnoticed. Receive notifications on your smartphone, laptop or tablet if a burglar, fire, smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is triggered.
- Install video surveillance cameras inside and outside your home. Cameras can deter intruders and enable you to keep tabs on your home when away.
- Have equipment professionally installed by a licensed vendor.
- Change default settings and passwords on all equipment. Update passwords roughly every six months.
- Install the latest software updates. If systems are having difficultly updating, it may be time for an equipment upgrade.
- Never leave windows or doors unlocked or opened when away or sleeping. Consider smart locks or image sensors near entryways to increase protection.
For more information on how to protect your home, contact a security professional today.