Orlando, Fla. --The State of Florida has worked hard in achieving a prestigious position as the #1 Tourism Destination of the nation. That means great news for all of us who live here because with all the economic growth we get more world class facilities for sports, gastronomy, arts and entertainment. And we live at the center of it all!
More and more people are choosing Central Florida and specifically the city of Orlando to work, live and play.
It is important to understand that no city with this type of growth is exempt from crime. As the area attracts more wealth, middle class families and visitors, also attracts burglars and thieves looking for high ticket valuables.
The Florida Crime Report reveals our state had 100,090 burglary offenses reported in 2016.
There were a total of 18,037 arrests for burglary reported to the Florida UCR program. Of these arrests 4,817 were juveniles and 13,220 were adults.
Did you know that most insurance companies provide 2 percent to 15 percent discounts for devices that make a home safer—dead-bolt locks, window grates, bars and smoke/fire/burglar alarms?
Research shows that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into a home, the burglar will go elsewhere.
Some ideas to correct security weaknesses at home:
1 Take the time to "case" your house or apartment, just as a burglar would. Where is the easiest entry? How can you make it more burglar-resistant?
2 Trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows, and think carefully before installing a high, wooden fence around your back yard. High fences and shrubbery can add to your privacy, but can also be an asset to a burglar. Consider trading a little extra privacy for a bit of added security.
3 Force any would-be burglar to confront a real enemy—light. Exterior lights and motion detectors, mounted out of easy reach, can reduce the darkness a burglar finds comforting.
4 Simple security devices—nails, screws, padlocks, door and window locks, grates, bars and bolts—can increase the amount of time it takes to break into your home.
5 Invest in a burglar alarm. The most effective ones also ring at an outside service.
6 Are any of your valuables—paintings, a silver collection or a computer—easy to see from outside the house? Rearranging your furnishings might be advisable if it makes your home less inviting to criminals.
There were also 20,132 robbery offenses reported in 2016. Firearms were used in 8,717 of the robberies reported. According to the statistics shown below there is a high incidence of these type of felonies to occur at home.
A few things you can do to prevent becoming a target:
1 Establish a routine to make certain that doors and windows are locked and alarm systems are turned on.
2 Avoid giving information to unidentified telephone callers and announcing your personal plans online or in public notices (such as giving your address when advertising items for sale).
3 Notify the police if you see suspicious strangers in your area.
4 Don't carry house keys on a key ring bearing your home address or leave house keys with your car in a commercial parking lot or with an attendant.
5 Don't hide your keys in "secret" places outside your home—burglars usually know where to look.
If you love living in Orlando or Central Florida as much as we do, make sure to take these precautions, protect your investment with a homeowners policy and enjoy your life responsibly but to the fullest.
ENJOY LIFE RESPONSIBLY!