Houston is expanding.
Houston has been a growing and expanding city for quite some time, and in 2019 was named the 39th fastest growing city in the United States. This has come at an average population increase of about 2% per year, which means thousands and thousands of new residents are moving to Houston. This population increase has also come with a surge in criminal activity. With overall crime and break ins at a static high in Houston, now, more than ever, you need to make sure your home and belongings are safe. This is just one of the many reasons that every home should own a secure safe.
Crime rates are rising.
In the U.S., over 2.5 million burglaries are reported every year, and over 50% of those are home invasions. That equates to about 4,800 break-ins every day, or one every 15 seconds! 66% of all property burglaries occur within residential properties, while about 34% are accounted for at businesses.
So just how bad is the crime in Houston, exactly? Well, it’s really not great. Houston is a 3 on the crime index scale. This means that Houston is the same, or more dangerous, than 97% of all other cities in the United States. On average, Houston has 129,134 crimes committed per year, and of that number, 103,611 are property crimes. That means that property crime accounts for 80.2% of all criminal activity happening in Houston. In Texas alone, you have a 1/42 chance, statically speaking, of being a victim of property crime. However, this number skyrockets to 1/22 when referencing the city of Houston itself.
This is where it really pays to be prepared. While you should always make sure that your home is up to date and equipped with high security locks, you also need to make sure that your valuables are safe inside the home as well. Over 3.4 billion dollars are stolen every year due to personal property theft. This equates to an average of about $2,800 in damage and stolen goods per break-in. In 2021, the average American has roughly $3,400 in their bank account. With that being said, a $2,800 loss could be devastating for most. But what about those things that don’t have a price tag? That precious item, or family heirloom, or important documents? What happens if those are taken? This is where a home safe could save you not only financially, but sentimentally as well. There are some things we simply cannot get back.
How can I be better prepared?
So, how can you protect yourselves from this happening? By investing in a high-quality and secure safe. While home-owners, or renters, insurance can help, filing a claim also means that your premium rates will go up. The avenger premium went up over 20% after filing just one break-in claim! This means that many wont claim the break-in and will just replace the damage themselves. Instead of the worry, hassle, and financial burden of replacing your own valuables, investing in a safe can do all of that for you. These can protect your guns, weapons, valuables, jewelry, important paperwork, and whatever else you wish to keep safe for years and years to come.
Safes aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of investment. There are thousands of different kinds of safes manufactured out there. There are commercial safes, floor safes, jewelry safes, gun safes and the list goes on and on. Finding a professional you can trust is invaluable when choosing the right one for you. Houston Safe and Lock has been in business, and serving the community of Houston for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1923, we have been proudly growing and adapting to the every-changing needs of our community, and thoroughly enjoy the services we get to offer. With almost a century of experience means that we know the ins-and-outs of what we do. We offer high quality and secure safes that will match your individual needs. We have safes that have been fire tested for over 120 minutes! This means that your valuables will not only be protected from burglars, but also from fire. The last thing you need to be worrying about in a house-fire is whether or not your valuables will be ok. We proudly sell, and service, AMSEC, American Security Products, safes and even have a wide selection of used safes. Buying a used safe can be a wonderful investment with some serious discounts. We understand that the process of choosing a safe can feel overwhelming, so click here to contact us, or give us a call at (713)-561-5081, and let us help you find the perfect safe for you.
Handling the stress of a break-in is enough to worry about without having to think about replacing your valuables. Having the right safe can give you the peace of mind of knowing that your irreplaceable, or expensive, items are safe. You should also be sure that your home is equipped with high security locks to avoid the break-in in the first place. Here you’ll find an article helping you do just that.