Chicago suburbs are the nation’s hot spot for “ruse” burglaries, where bad guys working in pairs pose as home contractors, and one burglarizes your home while the other distracts you. But in at least one community north of downtown Chicago, plain old vanilla burglaries have been on the rise – reaching a peak at five times their former level, as reported in this article.
Violent crime in Deerfield was virtually nonexistent the last two years but a more than fivefold increase in burglaries caused a slight jump the Village’s [overall] crime index, according to Chief John Sliozis’s annual report. The crime index includes murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and robbery—classified as violent crime—along with burglary, theft, car theft and arson.
“Burglaries Up All Over the Area”
Though the number of burglaries increased from five in 2011 to 27 in 2012, the amount of thefts dropped from 192 to 183. “The number of burglaries is cyclical. It’s up all over the area. Even five is too much,” Sliozis said at a meeting of the Village Board of Trustees March 4. “The crime index was basically the same as last year.” A look at the last five years indicates 2011 was a record low year. There were 23 in 2008, 24 in 2009 and 15 in 2010.
What Local Police are Doing
Nevertheless, the Police Department has taken action to reduce the number. Sliozis explained to the Board some of the things the department has done to reduce the number of burglaries including an increased use of detectives and putting officers on patrol in areas where it might be more likely a burglary would occur. “We’ve changed some hours around,” Sliozis said. “We brought some detectives in to work with patrol. We’ve doubled the officers on side streets.”
Wow – a fivefold increase from one year to the next: but not much bigger than some spikes we’ve seen reported in other jurisdictions. Some people blame the economy, while others blame greater use of drugs, and the need to feed drug habits… Whatever the reasons, residential crime is definitely up in plenty of cities, towns, and counties across the US.
Though not mentioned in this article, one other statistic is surprising: the number of burglars who gain entry into homes through unlocked doors and windows. In fact, we know exactly where burglars are mostly likely to break in. But then again, I’m also still trying to figure out why only one in five US homes has a monitored alarm system, with a burglary occurring every 14 seconds!
Alarm Systems Make a Difference
Law enforcement professionals also regularly remind residents to arm their alarms systems – and lots of police departments suggest getting a system if you haven’t already done so. Research has shown that a home with a monitored alarm system is only one third as likely to be burglarized as the unprotected home next door. And since the latest home security offerings (like FrontPoint) include safer cellular monitoring, advanced interactive features, and even home automation, there is more reason than ever to make the modest investment now.
As always, it makes sense to do everything you can so your home is not a target. You’ll see that FrontPoint’s Top Ten Home Security Tips overlap nicely with the recommendations offered by police across the US – including installing a monitored alarm system. Your peace of mind is worth a lot, and there’s nothing more important than protecting your home and family. And that’s where FrontPoint comes in: the leader in wireless home security, and the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. When you are ready for safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, FrontPoint is your clear choice – just read the reviews, and you’ll see why.