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Jun25

What Do Crime Stats Really Mean?

by Hannah Kerns on June 25, 2013

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When it’s time to move to a new city, many people take crime stats into consideration. The number one place for the average person to find crime information is online. However, some police and crime stat experts say that these online crime statistics can be misleading—the numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Below are some tips for understanding what crime stats really mean and how this information can be helpful to us.

Consider the Location

When looking at crime stats, take the location into account. The location goes beyond the physical address or the neighborhood. If you’re looking at a property that’s near a hospital, police station, or a school, the numbers might be off. That’s because these locations are places where crimes are typically reported. The crime hasn’t necessarily taken place in the area, but because the crime is reported there, the numbers show the area as a high crime rate.

For example, if you live near a police station, you may think you are in a safe neighborhood. And chances are that you are in a safe place. However, crime statistics around a police station are higher. Because of the larger concentration of police officers coming and going, more traffic stops happen here, more crimes are detected, and more arrests are made. People also come to the police station to report a crime or to turn themselves in, all adding to the “crime stats” of the area.

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Jun18

Backyard Pool Safety Tips

by Hannah Kerns on June 18, 2013

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With the temperatures rising outside, it’s time to cool off in the swimming pool. If you own a pool or if you are visiting friends or family with a pool, keep safety in mind first. Remember, drowning deaths, especially among children, can happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Following a few simple safety tips will help protect you and your family as you enjoy your summer days.

When Your Pool is Not in Use

When you aren’t using your pool, follow these guidelines:

  • Secure your pool or hot tub with a 4-foot high barrier. A fence or a self-closing gate with a latch is best. Make sure the latch is closed completely and locked when out of the pool area.
  • Keep the pool covered. A hard cover on the pool will help prevent anyone from accidentally climbing in or trying to get in the water without supervision. You’ll also want to remove ladders or steps that could make it easy to climb into the pool.

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Jun11

How to Keep Up on Home Security Housekeeping

June 11, 2013
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Keeping your home safe is a year-long job. Not only is there the external threat of burglary, but there is also the internal threat of household substances that could make

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Jun4

Burglars Target Homes During Funerals

June 4, 2013
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Recently, burglars have reached an all-time low, with patterns of breaking into homes while families attend funerals. In some cases, burglars scan the obituaries for names, addresses, and times of

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May28

4 Important Summer Safety Tips for Pets

May 28, 2013
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With the temperatures heating up and summer time fast approaching, you’re probably starting to think of ways to stay cool. As you dream about days lounging by the pool or

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May21

6 Easy Entry Points for Burglars

May 21, 2013
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You might not be aware of how simple it can be for a burglar to break into your home. Some are obvious, but there are also several surprisingly easy entry

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May14

5 Dangerous Household Items to Keep an Eye On

May 14, 2013
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Household products are meant to help spruce up our home, keep items in working order, or keep surfaces sanitized for our health. But, even though these products are supposed to

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May7

How to Test Your Security System Equipment

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You’ve taken necessary precautions to help keep your home safe by installing a security system. After you’ve had your system installed, you might want to periodically check to make sure

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Apr30

How Burglars Target a Home

April 30, 2013
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Burglars look for a variety of factors when targeting a home for a break in. No matter how many precautions have made, there are common mistakes that many homeowners fall

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