Property crime is a major issue in the U.S. Many home burglaries are crimes of convenience. Criminals break and enter, because they see an opportunity. Unlocked windows and doors, weak locks, and weak materials can all facilitate residential and commercial burglaries. Proper window protection is one way property owners can fight back against property crime in the city.
Property Crime in the U.S.
The FBI recently released its latest data on crime in America from its Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) program. We’ve compiled the instances of property crime the FBI recorded in 2016 for each of the cities Mr. Roof services:
- Cincinnati, OH. In 2016, law enforcement recorded 15,382 instances of property crime in the city.
- Columbus, OH. The capital of Ohio experienced at least 35,106 instances of property crime.
- Grand Rapids, MI. The city recorded 4,334 property crimes during the year.
- Lexington, KY. Lexington city law enforcement had a minimum of 13, 058 property crimes.
- Louisville, KY. The Louisville metro area recorded 30,254.
- Nashville, TN. Metropolitan Nashville had 24,719 property crimes.
The database did not contain specific information for Raleigh, NC (Wake County) or the southeast Michigan region. Every city cited in the FBI’s database experienced property crime in a major way, highlighting the need for better security in homes and offices. Burglary does more than deprive homeowners of their belongings. It can make families feel vulnerable even in the comfort of their own homes.
4 Ways to Protect Your Windows from Burglars
Property owners can use a variety of tactics to protect windows from burglars. Some of the most popular trends and recommendations in window security include:
- Upgrading windows. Many older homes contain window panes and frames that will not stand up to a burglar’s attempts. At Mr. Roof, our replacement roofs feature Lexan Night Latch pick-resistant locks and impact-resistant materials. If you’re searching for a structural solution to property crime, consider replacing your windows with the cutting- edge solutions from Mr. Roof.Our windows are sleek and secure. They can provide peace of mind while improving your quality of life.
- Choosing interior décor carefully. If you leave your curtains or blinds open, pay close attention to what you put in view of the window. Seemingly high-value items may make your home more appealing to burglars. Close the blinds and/or leave pricey belongings out of sight.
- Remembering to use the lock. Locks can only protect your home if you remember to engage them when you are not using the window. Teach your family to always lock windows when they close them for peace of mind. A window that does not open easily can deter criminals.
- Install a window alarm. If you prefer a more tech-focused approach to window security, try installing a window alarm that will alert those in the house to the presence of an intruder.
- Installing window bars. If you live in a high-crime area, consider adding decorative security bars to the exterior of your windows. The bars will not stop you from enjoying a nice breeze, but they will stop burglars from breaking and entering.