and Neighborhood Safety
rates are falling. Many people who were once driven inside their homes, behind
locked doors, are back sitting on their porches, enjoying their parks, and walking
to their corner stores. It's not like that everywhere of course, but progress
has been made.
According to statistics compiled by the Bureau
of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice, total personal property
crime has declined from a high of 553.6 incidents per 1,000 households in 1975
to just 161.1 incidents per 1,000 in 2004 - and it bottomed out at 159 in 2002.
Burglary was down from 111.8 incidents per 1,000 households in 1974 to a low of
27.7 incidents per 1,000 in 2002. Theft was also down, from a high of 424.1 incidents
per 1,000 households in 1975 to just 122.8 in 2004.
While crime is
still cause for very serious concern, our homes and communities are safer than
they've been in decades, and this is quite likely due, at least in part, to the
twin pillars of prevention and community policing.
- Organize neighborhood
cleanup days to send the message that your community is closed to thieves, vandals,
the police to increase patrols of your neighborhood.
- Be sure the outside
doors of your home or business have strong deadbolt locks.
- Keep spare keys
with a trusted neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter,
on a ledge, or in the mailbox.
gates, garage doors, and shed doors after every use.
or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubbery,
stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entryways.
timers on lights when you're away from home or your business is closed so it appears
to be occupied.
your bike and sports equipment inside the house when they’re not in use.
- Avoid confrontations
Common Sense to Spot a Con
Citizens Against Crime
Mas Seguro Para las personas Mayores
National Crime Prevention Council