Being safe and secure does not happen by accident, nor does it happen overnight. Every day, you play an important role in protecting the safety of your family and others.

Home security

Protecting what matters most to you likely means watching out for yourself, your loved ones and your community. Not long ago, people didn’t feel the need to lock their doors or windows—but times have changed, and so has the need to use locks, lights and alarms for protection.

Criminals look for concealment and camouflage to break into homes. Using safety tips like installing motion-detection lighting for the front, back and side doors can make it difficult for burglars to hide. Security systems now range from high-tech solutions by companies who monitor your home to the do-it-yourself models that can be installed and viewed from your smartphone. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to protect your home and family.

"Threats to our cybersecurity seem to be lurking around every internet highway we travel."

You may be in an area that feels insulated from crime or you could be in an area where you see criminal activity on a daily basis. For the more than 1.1 billion victims of violent crimes, it is not about where they live, their ethnicity or their socioeconomic status. Feeling safe and secure is about learning how to reduce your chances of victimization through basic prevention principles.

Safety as responsibility

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to being safer and more secure. The first time a child gets to be home alone is a big step for a family. Kids need to understand that being home alone is a privilege that comes with responsibilities.

It is important to set guidelines, such as where they can play after school, if friends can come over and what to do if someone knocks at the door. Teaching young people at an early age how to spot suspicious activities and how to report crime are lessons that can last a lifetime.

Home safety

Home safety isn’t only about security. It’s about protecting ourselves from unintentional injuries such as electrical shocks or minor burns caused by improper or careless use of household appliances. Household hazards can lead to accidental poisoning or other serious health complications.

Hazards in the home are not always easy to spot. Threats to our cybersecurity seem to be lurking around every internet highway we travel. We can reduce the chance of getting hacked or bitten by a digital bug by installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software, plus making sure firewalls are turned on and operating systems are updated. Lastly, be careful with what you download or where you shop online.

A safer community is everyone’s business. Creating safer places to live, learn, work and play takes the commitment of everyone around you.