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6 Benefits Of Home Security Systems

by Amy December 7, 2016

There are many advantages to owning a home security system. They help keep your family safe, let you focus on the more important aspects of life, and give you peace of mind. Here are some other reasons to consider a home security system:

  • Protects Valuables

The alarm alone is enough to deter an intruder. However, once the alarm has sounded, the police are immediately notified and dispatched so your home is kept safe at all costs.

  • Helps Save Energy

Nowadays, home security systems also include many home automation features. This system will allow you to monitor your energy usage and shut off utilities when you are no longer in the room. This leads to lower monthly bills and less wasted energy.

Saving energy isn’t the only advantage of home automation. You can change the lighting, temperature, music, TV, and control numerous other aspects of your home from a device as simple as your smart phone.

  • Lowers Insurance

Many insurance agencies give discounts to members who have a home security system. This is a great way to cut down on expenses.

Fire and carbon monoxide detectors are vital features of any home security system. They can detect dangers that you can’t, such as invisible, poisonous carbon monoxide. As soon as the alarm has sounded, emergency services are on call to help. These detectors provide an indispensable advantage to protecting your family from emergencies that are usually out of your control.

  • Remote Surveillance

Remote surveillance allows you to watch your home at any hour of the day from any location. You can view the live feed from the wireless security cameras through an app on your smart phone. It can even alert you when people leave and enter your home – a great way to keep an eye on the kids whether you’re on vacation or just at work.

Home security systems are an investment. The right systems can keep your valuables safe while saving you money in the process. They also give peace of mind and let you know someone will always be there in case of an emergency. Protect your family, yourself, and make life a little easier by adding a security system into your home.

The Craziest Best Deals We’ve Seen During the Holidays

by Cassie December 8, 2015

Holiday Sale from My Alarm CenterThe holiday season is always a time for great deals: every store and its mother promises screaming Black Friday discounts, and many extend their offerings throughout the entire Thanksgiving-to-Christmas season.

And while every circular and online store yells from the rooftops that their deal is best deal, there’s no doubt that some deals are better than other. Let’s take a stroll down holiday deal lane, with some of our favorite deals from over the years:

Half-priced iPods

Back in 2010, iPods were all the rage – and they had the $299 price tag to prove it. And being Apple products, blazing deals usually meant 10% off, if you were lucky. But that year, Toys R Us offered one of the best Black Friday deals ever, at least where Apple electronics are concerned: Not only did the store drop the price to $199, but they threw a $50 gift card into the mix. All told, you could get your hands on an iPod for $149 – half the retail price. We’re betting this deal thrilled many kids (and their smart-shopping parents) that year.

 2011: Sub-$200 Xbox360 with Kinect

There were a lot of good deals to be had in 2011, but one of our favorites was this gem: Walmart’s $199.96 Xbox360 with Kinect Console. To sweeten the deal, Walmart bundled in a $50 gift card to use on anything in the store. Best Buy offered a similar deal: $200 for a 250GB Xbox360 with Kinect, with Halo:Reach and Fable III included.

2012: $40 Nook e-reader

When we think blazing holiday deals, we usually think of TVs, tablets and laptops – super high-priced electronics. But in 2012, Sears offered a screaming deal on the Nook Simple Touch e-reader. For just $39.99, the department store gave hardcore readers one of the best gifts Black Friday has ever seen.

2013: $30 Smartphone

This year welcomed one of the best smartphone discounts we’ve ever seen: Best Buy’s $29.99 HTC One – 85% off the retail price of $199.99. The company also had on offer the LG G2 for a whopping $24.99, or 87.5% off retail price. Clearly, 2013 was a good year to upgrade your smartphone.

2014: 50-inch, Name-brand Flat-screen for under $200

In 2014, Best Buy slaughtered its TV-selling competition with a $199 deal for a 50″ Panasonic 1080p LED LCD HDTV as their headlining doorbuster. The unbelievable price more than outshone all others, although Target did its best with a $119 40″ 1080p LED flat-screen from Element.

2015: Half-price Home Security

If you’ll permit us to toot our own horn, My Alarm Center is proud to offer one of the year’s best deals: 50% off our cellular monitoring (deal ends 12/31/2015). And just like the TV, this is the gift that keeps on giving – you’ll appreciate it all year round, knowing that your family is safe and protected. And at half the price, to boot!

What great deals have you scored in the past? And what was your best buy of 2015?

The My Alarm Center Resource Guide – All Our Guides & FAQs

by Cassie November 3, 2015

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For years, My Alarm Center has been in the business of keeping you, your family and your home safe. And over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two (or two-hundred) about home security.

We’ve been there done that. We’ve experienced just about every situation. We’ve responded to every type of emergency. Our years of helping local families have armed us with a depth of knowledge and foresight into every scenario. And we’ve leveraged this experience to build you the best, most responsive monitoring system from the best, most responsive technology. And we’ve created plenty of resources along the way.

Security Guides

Experience has taught us that a big part of the safety equation is arming you with the knowledge and know-how to keep your family and home protected. With that in mind, here’s an overview of our safety guides:

  • Flood and water damage: Flooding happens, be it from a natural disaster or a burst pipe. Then mold happens. Then, there’s months of cleanup and financial stress and other concerns. Here’s how to prevent floods, and what to do if the worst occurs.
  • Home automation: Home automation is nifty, but it’s infinitely more enjoyable once you understand how to customize your system exactly as you’d like.
  • Fire & carbon monoxide safety: Undetected fires and CO leaks claim too many lives and homes every year.
  • Cellular monitoring: Cellular monitoring is your ultimate line of defense against burglars, power outages, telephone line problems, and other common issues that plague landline systems.
  • False alarm prevention: An incredible 99% of smoke and burglar alarms are false, and many false positives are preventable.
  • How to keep your pets safe: Pets are family members and we love them dearly. Unfortunately, they can’t rescue themselves: it’s up to you.
  • Testing your home security system: Do you know if your system is communicating with our central station? Or if your motion detectors are really detecting?

FAQs

Our massive FAQ list will answer most of your questions, including:

  • Vacation safety tips: The last thing you want to do is worry about burglars while you’re on vacation. These simple vacation-preparation tips help ensure your getaway ends on a high note.
  • Prevent home invasion: Home invasions are terrifying, and unfortunately can happen anywhere, any time and in any neighborhood. This guide gives you the low-down on how to keep criminals out of your home.
  • Possession records: Important documents, like deeds, financial records, insurance information, and wills, must be kept safe and secure. Here’s how.
  • Smoke detectors: You know that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are absolute must-haves, but do you know exactly where and how to place them? Now you will.
  • Furnaces/space heaters: As temperatures plummet, the risk increases for home fires. Take appropriate precautions to reduce the threat.
  • Fireplaces: Even more than furnaces and space heaters, fireplaces represent a serious fire hazard during winter months. If you’re going to light the flame, keep these safety tips in mind.
  • Electrical hazards: Electrical fires are fast, furious and extremely dangerous. Here’s how to keep your family safe.
  • Create an exit plan: The best thing you can do for your family is prepare for any eventuality. Learn how to create an exit plan, then practice it regularly.

 

 

Lazy Home Security Is More Than Just Owning A Dog, It’s Having A Company Provide 24/7 Monitoring

by Cassie September 30, 2015

Home Automation From My Alarm Center

Um, hi. We have a teeny, tiny confession to make.

We love being lazy. Like really, really love it. We love breakfast in bed and weekends with nary an item on the calendar. We love skipping our chores (once in awhile) in favor of reading a book or taking a stroll. We love ordering in for dinner – and eating it with our honey while watching our favorite show.

There is something very, very comforting about indulging in lazy behavior. About not worrying. About checking our adult responsibilities and the door and saying, “here, you do it!”

So when you think about lazy, no-worries, no-thought-needed security, trust us when we say it’s NOT having a dog. A dog needs to be walked. A dog needs shots and vet checks and deworming. A dog needs food and water. And a dog deserves toys and exercise, not to mention lots and lots of love and care. And the most important point: a dog is a member of the family, not a security system. Definitely not a lazy security system.

24/7 Monitored Security Allows You to be Lazy
You want to know what does count as lazy home security? Hiring a monitoring company. (We feel qualified to say this because hey, we are a monitoring company. We know what’s involved.)

Put it this way: In life, laziness is always an exchange of some sort. Sometimes you exchange money for laziness, as in the aforementioned $-for-pizza exchange. Sometimes you swap what-should-be for what-you-want, like foregoing doing the laundry (you know you need clean clothes) in order to finish your book.

With 24/7 monitoring, you exchange a monthly sum for constant, all-day-everyday, forever-and-ever peace of mind. Let’s quantify that (if that’s how you like to justify you’re laziness, we’re all about enabling you!): in exchange for a monthly fee, you don’t have to buy dog food (easily $20+ per month), you don’t have to pay vet bills ($hundreds a year), and you won’t spend 30+ minutes a day – often, 30 scorching hot or frigidly cold minutes, by the way – walking your pup, giving him proper exercise. (Again with the numbers: 30 minutes a day x 30 days a month x $10/hour for a dog walker is way more than $35 a month.)

Dogs are a responsibility. (Lovable, fluffy, family member responsibilities.) 24/7 monitored security is total peace-of-mind laziness.

So What Does a Monitoring Company Do?
A monitored security system can “lazify” your life in many ways:

• Never again worry about your security. We monitor your alarm 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If there’s a break-in, we’ll notify the police in an average 60 seconds.
• Never again worry about your family’s safety. Again, if there’s a break-in you’ll know police are on their way immediately. But we also offer flood, fire and carbon monoxide monitoring, and will send firefighters and EMTs your way, if necessary.
• With our personal emergency monitoring, we’ll assure 24/7 safety of the seniors in your life. We’re always on call to help.
• And what’s more, we make life easy with home automation. Turn off the lights from the comfort of your couch. Adjust the thermostat from the warmth of your bed. Lock the doors from the bathtub. Seriously easy, seriously lazy.

So go on, then. Get lazy.

It Is Always Sunny in Philadelphia With The Best Hometown Security Company

by Cassie September 17, 2015

My Alarm Center of Philadelphia, PA

You know those credit-card commercials that break down the $cost of various elements, but the resulting experience is “priceless?” Home security should be just like that.

You can itemize the cost of door and window sensors, of motion detectors and cameras. You can quantify the cost of your monthly monitoring package. But peace of mind? When it comes to your family’s safety and the security of your home, that is truly priceless.

At My Alarm Center, it’s not just that we’re Philly born and bred. (Although we are.) It’s not just that we live in, work in, and love your neighborhood. (Although we do.) It’s not just that we’re your friends and neighbors. (Although we are.)

It’s that we’re the best. Measurably better, faster and more responsive than many big-name, national security companies. We’re your peace of mind, rolled into one hometown Philly security company.

The Greatest Employees
We really, truly believe that great service starts with people. Any company could invest in quality equipment and the latest tech (although they don’t, unfortunately), but not every security company can guarantee the hometown element. We’re Philadelphians through and through: we scream ourselves hoarse for the Eagles, know hoagies are better at Wawa’s, and we order our cheesesteaks “whiz wit.”

We care about you, our friends and neighbors. And that means we work hard to keep you safe: we upgrade our equipment, train our staff well, outfit you with the latest tech features, and maintain great relationships with local police and emergency responders. And we treat every alert as if it were our neighbor’s alarm. Because it is.

Superior Monitoring
Obviously, we care about the personal element. But hard facts are important, too, and we’re no slouch in that department, either.

Monitoring is only as good as the technology that connects point A (your home) to point B (My Alarm Center), so we use the best. Our monitoring team is equipped with the latest, fastest technologies so we receive immediate alert to any potential problem happening in your home. Which brings us to our final point:

Fast Response Times
In the alarm industry, you’ll hear a lot about response time. The problem is that not all companies are completely clear on what they mean by that, or on how they deliver. We are.

At My Alarm Center, we define response time as the seconds (yes, seconds) that elapse between an alert or signal (e.g. your alarm going off), receiving that alert at our monitoring center, and then processing/reacting to that event. In plain English, response time is how long it takes for us to, for example, alert the police that your home alarm has been triggered.

And at My Alarm Center, our response time averages 60 seconds or less. You read that right: on average, less than a minute will pass between the very first beep of your alarm and our response. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. We’ve got your back, always.

What’s the WORST Home Security Advice You’ve Ever Heard?

by Cassie August 12, 2015

The Worst Home Security Advice

There’s a lot of bad advice in this world, but in most cases, bad advice doesn’t result in awful consequences. Bad advice in the kitchen may mean hard-as-a-rock cake; bad fashion advice can make you look the fool; and bad movie advice means $15 and a few hours wasted.

Bad security advice? Well, that’s a whole other ball of wax. Bad home security advice can mean thousands in stolen goods, broken windows, and the loss of impossible-to-replace jewelry, antiques or heirlooms. Bad home security advice can mean breached WiFi networks and stolen passwords. And in the most tragic cases, bad home security advice can mean injury to your loved ones.

When it comes to home security, bad advice isn’t just bad – it’s disastrous. Here’s some of the worst home security advice we’ve ever heard:

1. A self monitored system is just as good as a monitored system.
Here’s the deal: DIY systems – and by that, we’re talking about mostly low-cost, wireless systems that notify you (or other phones) when an alarm is triggered – can be great as a basic system. But that does not mean they’re as good as a monitored home security system.

A monitored alarm system is directly connected to your security company, which will notify the police, the fire department, and the paramedics in case of emergency. Police notification can mean the difference between stolen goods and thieves behind bars – not to mention, monitored homes are about 15 times less likely to be burgled in the first place – but more importantly fire and ambulance notification can save the lives of loved ones. There’s no compare.

2. Change your password, and your smart home network is secure.
Most smart home devices – say, smart locks and smart appliances – are designed with ease-of-use, not network security in mind. But as the Internet of Things and home security become intertwined, it’s incredibly important to secure your smart home against hackers – hackers who could find their way into your network via your smart fridge.

To secure your home, first secure your wireless network, preferably via Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol and a complex password. Give your network an unidentifiable name: think “UFO Space Station,” not “The Joneses.” And always, always change each device’s manufacturer password to a unique (as in, not shared with any other device) password.

3. Home Security – One & Done!
This one needs a bit of explanation. First, yes, sticking with one monitoring company for whatever you can – example: burglary, flood, and fire prevention – is a great idea. You’ll get a better package price, and won’t have to keep up with multiple companies.

However! The best home security is like an onion: it offers layer after layer after layer of security – layers guaranteed to make would-be burglars cry in frustration. Your best bet is to purchase the best home security system you can afford, and then layer on third-party extras like outdoor security cameras, Wi-Fi enabled doorbells, and even low-tech extras including interior door hinges (can’t be easily removed), strong window locks, and metal bars for your sliding door tracks.

Your turn: What is the worst security advice you’ve ever received?

Home Security Cameras and What Has Been Caught on Tape

by Cassie July 30, 2015

Today’s home security cameras are pretty amazing. They can see hundreds of feet. They can pan and rotate. They’re motion activated. They have night vision. They can connect to WiFi, upload to the cloud, and text you with alerts.

And they can capture some pretty amazing video, too.

You guys, we just can’t even. These videos are hilarious, terrifying and awe-inspiring. And what’s even more incredible is that they were all caught by security cameras. Here are 6 of our favorites:

1. A Thief, Caught in the Act

Just try not to laugh. A man’s home security system catches a woman stealing an Amazon delivery right off his porch. Don’t worry; he gets his revenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWO3zKqm_KI

2. Wind, Rain or Shine… or Hurricane

We may huddle inside during a serious storm, but security cameras are always on duty. This incredible footage captured a boat in North Carolina, torn from its moorings – and then flung skyward – during Hurricane Irene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUFh9XtJoDM

3. A Cacophonous Lightening Strike

And speaking of storms, CCTV cameras once again prove to be fearless. This time, a camera catches lightening in the act. Turn down your volume, folks – this one’s going to be loud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98w55RAleZ0

4. Delivery Gone Wrong

We’ll bet you’ve already seen this classic video, which details a UPS deliveryman stealing an iPad. Makes you think about all those items lost in the mail, doesn’t it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqCzxTB5xto

5. Poor Criminal

This one’s funny enough to almost make you feel bad for the would-be burglar. Almost. Watch as a man not only fails at robbing a building society, but can’t find his way back out to escape. Oops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgstON22SbY

6. Skirting the Law

A peculiarly skilled criminal in Costa Rica casually walks away with a TV… up her skirt. Despite her slick moves, this security footage was instrumental in catching the thief and her accomplice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_FSZFC4I1c

7. Doing What They Do Best

A North Carolina couple originally installed their cameras to check on their pets, but what they caught on video during a holiday vacation was something else entirely: three thieves, who weren’t aware that their faces had been caught on candid camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxx8YZRhVz4

 

Communities That Work Together, Stay Safe Together: Focus on Philadelphia and Seattle

by Cassie June 25, 2015

 

Since My Alarm Center serves both Philadelphia, PA & Seattle, WA we wanted to have a post where residents in one city can learn something about the other city and vice versa so here you go, enjoy!

Social programs do far more than offer help when help is needed: they inspire hope, they extend a helping hand, they prevent violence, they offer refuge. Social outreach saves lives, but it also saves communities: assistance offered when it is most needed, can encourage children to take pride in their communities, can steer youths away from the path of violence, can encourage adults to contribute and better their neighborhoods.

And it’s not just the recipients who benefit: volunteers and other program participants learn about their communities, befriend their neighbors, and are gifted the incredible opportunity to change lives. It’s no surprise, then, that social programs help reduce crime. Here’s a few examples of two cities that are doing it right:

Philadelphia

  • LEAP Program: Philadelphia Public Libraries do their part by offering free, accessible after-school help to any school-age child who wants it.
  • City Heroes Program: There’s nothing like a bit of community pride to instill faith in oneself. Philly’s City Heroes program matches high school students with various projects around the city, giving them the chance to effect change in their communities.
  • Communities In Schools of Philadelphia: Children represent such monumental possibility, but their chances are often squashed before they even have a chance to try. Communities in Schools works to change that, by offering individualized educational help – tutoring, a mentor, or just a healthy meal to fuel a child’s studies – to the city’s youth.
  • Healing Hurt People (HHP): A hospital-based program and the cornerstone of Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, this community-focused program works to teach youth (ages 8-30) how to resolve conflict, reduce reinjury, and prevent retaliation.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Community Programs: There are a lot of awesome cultural programs for Philly youth, but the Museum of Art has some of our favorites. Not only are they free, but these programs introduce kids to some of art’s greatest masters – an incredible opportunity for all young Philadelphians.  (And oh yeah, the arts play a proven role in crime prevention.)
  • Project HOME: Talk about a killer tagline: none of us is home until all of us are home. Philly’s Project HOME is all about offering assistance – something as simple as a warm meal, to something as life-changing as housing, medical care, work and education – to the city’s underprivileged.

There are dozens of other community programs in Philadelphia, dedicated to reducing violence, supporting the family, leveling the educational playing field, and more.

Seattle

  • Community Arts Create: The community that creates together, stays safe together. This Seattle arts program builds community through one creative experience at a time, hosting community projects and events to involve anyone interested in the arts.
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA): This multi-ethnic organization supports and protects Seattle’s immigrant and refugee women and their families, offering a selection of events, campaigns, volunteer opportunities and much-needed services.
  • SafeYouthSeattle: Seattle may have a lower rate of youth violence than other cities, but SafeYouthSeattle knows that even one injured child is too many. This local organization works with at-risk youth to connect them with services – educational, extracurricular, family mediation, and more – they need.
  • Seattle Social Development Project: The goal of this community organization: healthy, safe children who succeed in school. The services: health education, instructional support, parental education, and youth development – anything needed to get kids and families back on the right track.
  • Seattle Community Justice Program: Designed as a vehicle for youth leadership and social change, this community outreach organization seeks to end racial disparities in the criminal justice system by encouraging community involvement, education on social and racial issues, and extending “healing justice” to the incarcerated.

Seattle’s social programs extend far beyond this list, offering a helping hand to any child or adult, at-risk youth or hungry mouth.

Full Home Check: Are You Safe (Checklist and full list of securing your home)

by Cassie June 18, 2015

Home Security Checklist from My Alarm Center

There’s something deeply comforting about ticking off boxes, knowing that with each check your family is a little safer. Rest easy with our full home security check, which takes you on a safety review of your home’s alarm system, windows and doors, locks, various emergency detectors, and other safety measures.

Home Security

Advertise your system. Sometimes the best burglar deterrent is a well-advertised home alarm system – even if you don’t actually have one. Err on the safe side and install a few signs in your windows and yard.

Outdoor lighting is your friend. Flood lights, especially motion-activated ones, help scare off prowlers before they even have a chance to break in.

Ditch the hide-a-key. Burglars today are hip to all the tricks and hiding spots, so instead of squirreling away your key in a plastic container of fake rock, stash one with a trusted neighbor.

Always arm your system. Once you have a system, it’s all too easy to skip arming it for a quick trip to the neighbor’s. You may even forget once in awhile. Don’t! Your system is only as good as you allow it to be. Home automation systems make this as convenient as pulling out your cell phone and tapping a button. Set alerts on your systems mobile application and you’ll always have a reminder.

Communicate with your alarm company. If you’re going away, be it for the weekend or the week, let your alarm company know. They’ll be extra vigilant on your behalf.

 

Windows, Doors & Locks

Install deadbolts. Old school deadbolts still offer great burglar protection, so install them on every entry door. For sliding doors, secure them shut with a metal bar or wooden dowel in the track.

Check your windows. Every 4-6 months, do a whole-house window check to make sure all latches are working and no windows are cracked. Replace broken locks and panes immediately.

Landscape wisely. Burglars often lurk in shrubbery outside windows, so be sure to prune trees and bushes to eliminate hiding spaces.

 

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Be generous with your installation. At the very minimum, you should install one carbon monoxide detector per floor, as well as smoke detectors on every level, outside every bedroom, in the kitchen, and at the bottom of stairs. My Alarm Center offers monitored detectors that reduce response times and therefore, saves lives.

Go hardwired, when possible. New homes come hardwired for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which are far safer as they don’t operate off batteries. (They do have battery backup to account for power outages.) If you own an older home, speak with an electrician about the possibility of hardwiring at least some of your detectors, for example one per floor.

Test regularly. Hardwired or battery-operated, you should test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month.

Keep ‘em clean. A quick vacuuming (or dust-busting) over detector grills will keep them clean and functioning properly.

Run drills. Like other safety equipment, detectors are only as good as your reaction to them. Run both smoke and carbon monoxide drills with your family, so everyone knows what to do in case of emergency.

 

Other Safety Checks

Purchase fire extinguishers. At a minimum, you should have one extinguisher in the kitchen, and one more for every floor (including the kitchen level).

Install flood detectors. Did you even know these existed? Incredible new technology lets you know when your pipes burst or your basement starts to leak. My Alarm Center’s flood protection is the piece of mind you need that costs less than a quarter a day.

Establish an escape plan. One of the best things you can do for your and your family’s safety is to establish an emergency escape route – and practice it. Regularly.

Buy rescue ladders. If you live in a two-story home, purchase a rescue ladder for ever second-floor bedroom. Especially if you have young children, practice its use.

Lock up hazards. Household cleaners, poisons, guns, knives, and other potential dangers should be kept locked away from children.

Be safe!

Safety Facts Featured City: Philadelphia

by Cassie April 2, 2015

Philadelphia Home Security

Philadelphia: the city of brotherly love. It’s a beautiful, historic city with tall buildings and many art museums and sculptures. Some of the most famous celebrities originate from Philly, such as singer/actor Will Smith, comedian Kevin Hart, actress Grace Kelly, singer Billie Holiday, and many more. And while this beautiful city is a great place to roam and explore, it isn’t without the normal city dangers. However, by following some basic public safety rules, you and your friends can enjoy the stories that this historic city has to tell.

Philadelphia continually strives to make their city a safe environment for all those who inhabit the area and for those visiting its grand landmarks. Violent crime offenses, such as homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assault declined a total of seven percent last year. Property crime, such as burglary and theft, declined one percent. Overall crime offenses dropped a total of three percent from 2014. The Philadelphia Police Department has a strategy to continually decrease crime using intelligent policing, prevention, collaboration, and continuous improvement.

The local government also takes safety issues into their own hands with programs to help protect and keep the city safe. The City of Philadelphia offers programs from citywide to specific neighborhoods to programs specific to the youth of Philadelphia to help keep the streets and people of the city safe.

 

  • PhillyRising is a program dedicated to helping neighborhoods with higher crime rates and creates relationships with members of those communities to help improve the quality of life.
  • The city sets up many youth programs for kids to learn and explore. They include programs for elementary age children up to high school kids to help them gain experience and education to move forward in a career path. Philadelphia also uses these programs to help feed children during the summer months when school is no longer in session.
  • Town Watch programs are dedicated to preventing crime and drug crimes. Operation Town Watch Integrated Service (TWIS) members include “neighborhood, crime, community, town and block watch groups; law enforcement agencies; state and regional crime prevention associations; and a variety of businesses, civic groups, and concerned individuals working to make their communities safer places in which to live and work.” Communities with town watch programs reduce the crime rate about 16 percent.
  • Safe Streets is an organization with Public Safety Ambassadors routed throughout the city, trained in public safety, crime prevention, emergency first aid and CPR, interpersonal relation, customer service, and city services. You’ll see walking escorts, vehicle services, homeless outreach and public hazards tracking – such as potholes or street sign issues.

And if all these safety programs still have you on edge about roaming about the city, Movoto Insider conducted a study on the safest neighborhoods in Philadelphia metropolitan region. Cherry Hill, NJ topped the list at number one, followed by Manayunk, Roxborough, Torresdale, and East Falls as the top five. A few of the criteria used to determine the safest neighborhoods were crime per 100,000 people, percentage on non-family households, and family friendly amenities, including parks, museums, and family services. See a complete list of the best family neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a city filled with opportunities, fun, and family friendly activities with its many museums, parks, and historic places to visit. With a reduction in crime rates, a police strategy, and many city programs, Philadelphia is the perfect city to visit and explore. To learn more about home security options in Philadelphia, click here.

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