Thirteen seconds – that is all the time it takes before burglars and criminals break into another home in America. Think about this: even before you finish that next bite, a family is placed under absolute danger.
Crime does not discriminate. Anyone can be a victim – young or old, rich or poor. But here lies the big difference: Homes without security and alarm systems are 300% more likely to be attacked and broken into.
But here’s the catch, only 17% of homes in America have an alarm system and security cameras. It’s no surprise that more than 2 million home burglaries and intrusions were reported in 2012, according to the latest crime statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In total, 10 million crimes were reported that year: nearly 9 million property crimes and more than a million violent crimes.
Take note, these are only reported crimes. Approximately half of violent crimes and 40% of property crimes do not figure in statistics. But the fact remains – they do happen, everyday.
According to the 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 26 out of every 1,000 people experienced violent crime (rape, robbery, assault). That is a 15% increase compared to previous year. Property crimes increased by 12%.
Just this month of February, transportation officials in Boston installed 360-degree live surveillance cameras in all city buses. They are embedded in walls and ceilings to give commuters a sense of safety. If buses, small establishments, schools, churches have surveillance cameras, shouldn’t your home, where your children sleep and play, have one too? (more…)