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In San Francisco, your chances of being a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 140. Property crime is high in and around the city, and the mayhem and distress of burglary and home invasion remain often long after the crime has been committed. Here are four ways you can keep your home and your loved ones safer:
1. Walk with Crowds
San Francisco has many scenic and not-so-scenic walkways. Want a simple way to help avoid becoming a victim of mugging or violent street crime? Walk with groups. Studies show that walking with other pedestrian traffic minimizes the chance of your being picked away from the pack. Keeping tempting items like cell phones and tablets tucked away will also keep you from being a target.
2. Public Transportation Team-up
BART and other modes of public transit are facts of life in the city and at times you may find yourself on a bus without a ride-along friend. To avoid being singled out, sit up by the driver or near a couple or family. Building rapport with your new “BART buddies” will decrease the chances of you being singled out for theft.
3. Night Life Know-How
The vibrant night life of the Bay Area is one of the key perks to living in San Francisco. The food, the music and the experiences all beckon you to come join the experience – but the nighttime can also be the right time for criminals to strike. Take charge. Map out your night and make sure your fellow nightlifers are in on the game plan. Once you’re out and about, stick to the plan – if anything has to change, make sure your friends are notified. Cap the night off with a “home call” to a trusted friend or family member.
4. Wireless Home Security System
Protecting your home used to be a simple matter of security lights and bars on the windows. Not so much these days. While these things can be deterrents, a criminal who is desperate won’t stay out or away for long. Wireless home security systems provide second-to-none protection that is also easy on the wallet. The best systems install in under an hour and since they are wireless, there’s no need to break into walls or deal with wiring.
By following these simple tips and investing in a LifeShield home security system, you can rest assured that you’ve done all you can to avoid becoming another statistic. Remember that in San Francisco, crime doesn’t have to become part of your life.