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Your Safety, Security, and the Statistics

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March 30, 2012
By Stephanie Zaharuk

Everyone has something they’re afraid of. For some it’s heights, for others it’s bugs. For many it’s public speaking. However, not one of these phobias will affect your safety or security. On the other hand, a burglary can turn your world upside down. While it may not seem like something to be cautious of, a burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds in the U.S. This makes your chances of being a victim much greater than other safety concerns.

Based on recent statistics we calculated how often one of the following events occurred:

Incident

# Per Year

# Per Day

rollercoaster injuries

1,299 in 2010

3.5

estimated lightning strike injuries

400 in 2011

1.09

car accident fatalities

24,050 in 2011

65.8

fatal civil aviation accidents

276 in 2009

0.75

fireworks-related injuries

8,600 in 2010

23.5

Not one of those numbers even comes close to the 2,159,878 burglaries that occurred in 2010. With the average dollar loss per incident around $2,119 this is a very realistic fear. While these other phobias and injuries are common for most people to be afraid of, a burglary is something that is much more likely to happen to you or someone you know.

The good news is you can do something to decrease your chances of being a victim. In fact, there are multiple ways you can do this. Bright lighting, strong locks, trimmed landscaping and a reliable home security system can keep your home safe when you’re not there.  Wireless security even lets you control your system remotely, whether you’re at work or away on vacation. This helps you know your home is safe no matter where you are in the world.

Additionally, LifeShield gives you a way to monitor the safety of your neighborhood with access to local crime maps for your community. These maps can help you understand your surroundings and make better security decisions for you and your family.

The facts can certainly help put things in perspective. While a burglary is a very realistic fear, there are plenty of preventative measures you can take to keep yourself safe. (We can’t say the same for spiders.)

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