Depending on your age or where you grew up, you probably remember never locking the door to your house. It seems like just yesterday, but those days are long gone. Our way of life has changed rapidly. Churches, schools, and neighborhoods are no longer social institutions linking entire families into a single community. People do not know their neighbors as well as they once did.
Crime and fear of crime threatens a community’s well being. People become afraid to use streets and parks and suspicion erupts between young and old. Crime in turn feeds on the social isolation and lack of community ties.
The following are some crime facts in neighborhoods today.
– Burglary and thefts from auto’s are the most prevalent neighborhood crimes.
– Household burglary is one of the easiest crimes to commit, and to prevent.
– Most home burglars are young amateurs looking for easy targets.
– In over one-half of household burglaries, there was no forced entry involved.
– Most home intrusions occur during daylight hours while homeowners are away. The burglar will in many cases watch your home for a few...