How safe IS your city? SafeWise, the leading resource for all things safety recently released its annual Safest Cities in America report (culled from FBI data) in conjunction with its first ever State of Safety report. New this year, the State of Safety in America is a comprehensive study of 5,000 US residents on their fears and attitudes about safety. According to the report, nearly 60 percent worry about their safety every single day
Watch what you post on social media. Don’t advertise that you’re on vacation, out of town for business, or even out for a night on the town. Savvy thieves watch for this info so they know when your house is empty. And never post a picture with your house number visible.
Be smart about landscaping. It may seem strange, but landscaping can play a big role in home security. Make sure to keep trees and bushes near windows trimmed—you don’t want to create hiding spots for criminals. Even better, plant prickly shrubs under windows so that burglars get a good poke if they try to enter your home that way.
Get to know your neighbors and let them get to know you. The more familiar your neighbors are with one another, the easier it is to look after each other. Also, pay attention to the people and vehicles that belong on your street. If you get to know what and who is supposed to be there, it’s easier to spot someone who doesn’t.
Be smart with your passwords. Passwords should be complicated and unique. If you don’t think you’ll be able to remember them, download a free password manager.