Deep in the Heart of Texas: Staying safe in the Dallas Fort Worth Area
· 6,793 violent crimes
· 103 murders
· 421 forcible rapes
· 2,908 robberies
· 3,361 aggravated assault
· 49,683 property crimes
· 13,766 burglaries
· 29,826 larceny-theft
· 5,610 motor vehicle theft
· 438 arsons
If you are considering a move to the Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas area, then there are many things you will want to know. You may be interested in the opportunities for cultural exploration, perhaps you are eager to try authentic foods of the region, or perhaps you are eager to be close the home of the Dallas Cowboys. However, regardless of your motivation to move to this part of Texas, it is important to recognize that like every big city, it also has its share of crime. The numbers above are from the 2010 FBI crime stats, and while this is marginally lower than the numbers for 2009, they are still nothing to scoff at.
So, with these numbers in mind, make sure that you find a residence that is equipped with home security alarms. In Dallas Fort Worth you will find beautiful buildings, quiet city parks, fine dining and many occasions for relaxation and recreation, but while out and about enjoying these activities, you want to be sure that your property and family are safe.
To help you keep those you love as well as the items you own safe, there are many steps you can take. Here are some of the tried and true methods of home and family safety:
- Always lock your doors and activate your home security system-whether you are at home or away.
- Teach your children to never open the door to someone they don’t know.
- Be alert as you go from place to place. Note anyone or anything that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary.
- Get involved with a Neighborhood Watch program.
- Know your children’s friends as well as their parents.
- Keep your yard free of debris and clutter s this gives the appearance that no one lives there.
- Keep hedges, shrubbery and trees trimmed neatly. There should never be any greenery or tree limbs that provide hiding places.
- When parking your vehicle, be sure to park in a well-lit area; also, if you are headed back to your vehicle and feel like you are being watched or simply feel uncomfortable, return to your original location and ask someone to walk to your vehicle with you. Never feel foolish for asking for help in a situation like this. It’s always better to be safe than to be sorry!
- In the event that your vehicle should break down while travelling, stay inside and call for via your cell phone. Always have emergency supplies-food, water, flashlight, batteries, blanket stored in your car.
Keeping safe, regardless of where you love is important. Be sure that you are doing your part to help keep from becoming the victim of a crime.