In 2015, there were 7,993,631 property crimes 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 ten most dangerous states in the U.S. and how homeowners can protect themselves.
The Most Dangerous States
Burglaries happen all over the U.S. Yet, some states experience more due to their population, poverty levels, businesses/industries, laws and overall access to security equipment. The ten most dangerous states, according to state law enforcement agencies and the FBI, due to some of the above factors are:
- District of Columbia
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
How Residents Can Ramp Up Security
If you live in one the above states, you may not have control over all the factors that lead to crimes in your area, but you can take measures to reduce risk. Examples include:
- Purchase a monitored alarm system to ensure no dangers go unnoticed. Receive notifications instantly on your smartphone, laptop or tablet if a burglar, fire/smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is triggered.
- Install video surveillance cameras, inside and outside of 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.
Is your state one of the ten most dangerous states in the U.S.? If so, how do you plan to provide your home with extra protection? Share your comments below.