No one is immune to property crime. Theft and burglary can strike anywhere. For larger towns, the community might face higher risks of these crimes. In Gainesville, the same trend generally applies. Why do these risks occur? How can you make your home and belongings more immune to these problems?
Everyone should do what they feel necessary to keep themselves safe in their home. Therefore, certain security practices should become part of your standard home upkeep. Also make sure your homeowners insurance provides adequate coverage for theft.
Property Crime Risks In Gainesville
As a university town with a population of over 100,000, Gainesville takes a prominent place among Florida's mid-sized cities. It's a great place to live, work and play. Nevertheless, every community has its risks of property crime, including home theft.
Gainesville's property crime rate is higher than the statewide rate. Florida reports an average property crime rate of 26.87 incidents per 1,000 residents. Gainesville's citywide rate is 40.27 incidents per 1,000 residents. This is not to say that Gainesville is a dangerous place to live. Most of the city has a perfectly safe reputation. Even so, locals need to do what they can to keep themselves safe at all times.
Home Safety Tips
Your possessions - and your house itself - cost money. Theft of property will mean a financial loss. Home damage from the theft can equal more costs. Do what you can to keep the home safe at all times.
- Invest in a home security system. Home security systems can provide critical connections to police and emergency services. Generally, they are affordable. Smart home systems have even more connectivity. They might provide doorbell cameras, alarms and connections to the authorities - all from your smartphone.
- Make sure all entrances and exits to the home have strong, functioning locks. Deadbolts and knob locks often prove beneficial. Smart locks also exist - which might add extra layers of connected protection.
- When leaving the home, leave it under lock and key. Do not advertise your absence on social media, and let a trusted friend watch the home.
- Keep sensitive items under lock and key when you leave home. These might include jewelry, art, electronics, medication or firearms.
- Don't show off particularly expensive items, such as electronics, in clear view. In other words, don't tip off potential thieves that you have expensive assets in the home.
Following incidents of theft, many homeowners insurance policies will cover your losses. Nevertheless, that shouldn't excuse you from taking protective steps. Indeed, if your home has certain security systems, you may qualify for discounts.
Talk to your Ahrens Insurance agent about any security precautions you have. Also see if your agent can recommend any additional safety tips.