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Stay alert! Here are the most common times for break-ins

It is an unfortunate reality that often the most affordable neighborhoods have higher crime rates than more affluent neighborhoods

Brenton M.
Nov 09 2021 ·
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It is an unfortunate reality that often the most affordable neighborhoods have higher crime rates than more affluent neighborhoods. In fact, people living in households at or below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to experience violent crimes than those living in high-income households.

The most common times for break-ins occur between 10 am and 3 pm. Rather than being guarded by night, most burglars choose the daytime to attempt a break-in, targeting homes when they believe no one will be present.

Always use a deadbolt lock if you have one. It is also important to ensure that all windows and doors are secured with sturdy locks. If you have any kind of alarm, make sure it is working properly. If it doesn’t, call the police and have them check to make sure everything is secure. Most importantly, if you want to prevent a burglary, keep your home secure and make it difficult for criminals to enter.

Surprisingly, however, some of the highest concentration of poverty reside in communities with among the lowest rates of violent crime.

The neighborhood where I grew up was on the border between two cities; one city had a very high rate of violent crime, and the other had a relatively low rate. While many of my friends and family moved out of the area in pursuit of a better life, I decided to stay put and live with my grandparents while I went to college. It turned out that this decision would have a huge impact on my life.

In an ideal world, if you found yourself living in an unsafe neighborhood, you just would pack up and move to a safer neighborhood. But, it is not always that simple. If you do live in a higher-risk neighborhood, it is especially important to take these steps to stay safe.

As an illustration of this idea, a friend of mine was recently mugged in his home neighborhood. He had lived there for over ten years and had never experienced any issues. But, one night his house was broken into while he was at home and he was robbed. The takeaway from this story is that no neighborhood is immune from crime and that you should be vigilant about your safety. As we are all aware, there are many reasons why a person might want to move to a different area. Maybe it is the climate.

Know Your Neighbors

Getting to know the people who live nearby is another way to increase your security in a bad neighborhood. You should be able to get a sense of which neighbors to avoid, and who may be potential friends. Consider joining or starting a Neighborhood Watch for added safety in numbers. Members of the Neighborhood Watch keep an eye out for suspicious activity and alert the authorities.

With that being said, though, if you do not already have a Neighborhood Watch in your area, you should try to start one yourself, and invite your neighbors to join. Another thing to consider is if you are willing to live near a high crime area. This does not mean that you have to live in an area with constant violence and shootings, but it does mean that you should consider moving away from a location that is known for violence. If you live near a place that is known to be violent, you may have to rethink your security plan, and move elsewhere.

Secure Entry Points and Valuables


Even in the worst neighborhoods, crooks still want to find an easy target. To make your home or apartment less appealing to a potential burglar, keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Install effective door locks, secure your garage and any sliding glass doors as well as other popular criminal entry points. Don't forget to lock up any valuables thieves frequently steal such as jewelry, electronics and guns.

Because burglars may try to force their way into your home, install a dead bolt on every door and keep it locked. To deter intruders, make sure your doors have good-quality dead bolts and sturdy frames. Install an inside and outside alarm system for added protection. Make sure that you leave your porch light on. It's not only visible from the street, but also makes it easier for neighbors to see if someone has been watching your place for a while. If you suspect anyone is casing your home, call your police department or private security firm.

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