Is your city safe?
Connecticut has one of the highest crime rates in the country. However, Meriden’s crime rates seem to be decreasing. Why is this? Thanks to law enforcement and Meriden bail bondsmen who discourage both repeat and first time offenders, crime rates have been steady or decreasing for a number of years, especially violent crimes. This reduces the need for bail bonds in Meriden.
However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do your part to keep your family, neighborhood and city safe. Let’s take a look at some ways you can help in your neighborhood.
Sex Offenders: 123 Registered in Meriden (Jan 2015)
While citizens in general cannot do a lot about registered sex offenders in their area, they can warn children and teens about the dangers of talking to strangers. Additionally, all sex offenders and their respective living locations are required to be online for the public to see so that they can make an informed decision.
Burglaries: 421 for every 100,000 people in Meriden (2012) – Latest stats not yet available.
This is significantly less than the national average of 672; however, there are still things you can do to help lower home burglaries in 2015. Here are some suggestions:
- Get a security system. Most burglars will be deterred by the sound and “abandon ship” so to speak.
- Warn your family of dangers, especially online. When children are allowed to surf the internet unattended they can get into trouble quickly. Work with them on knowing what to say and do. Additionally, if you allow your child to have a cell phone, make sure they let you know if someone they do not know contacts them.
- There are other small things you can do, such as setting up a neighborhood watch program, getting a dog, having the police’s phone number in a prominent place (just in case) and if any suspicious activity is happening in your neighborhood, contacting your local police to set up an officer to randomly patrol the area.
Auto Thefts: 168 for every 100,000 people in Meriden (2012)
While auto thefts are also relatively hard to protect against, there are ways it can be done. Let’s take a look at a few of the tips provided by major car insurance companies.
- Always, always lock your car! Close the windows and sunroof as well.
- Do not hide a second set of keys on your car. Thieves are well versed in hiding places.
- Do not leave valuables in plain site. Lock them in a trunk or under your seat out of sight.
- Park in well lit areas.
- Don’t leave your vehicle running while unattended.
- Thieves often use tow trucks to steal vehicles. Keep your wheels turned towards a curb and parking brake on. If you drive a manual transmission, keep it in gear when parked.
- If you have a garage, use it!
- Try engraving expensive parts with some sort of identifier. This makes these cars more easily traceable by police.
- If your car has an alarm, arm it.
- Steering wheel locks and ignition kill switches deter thieves.
- Install a vehicle tracking system, just in case your car is stolen.
Arson: 9 in every 100,000 people in Meriden (2012)
Arson is not only an extremely destructive crime, it is also a dangerous one. However, there are preventative measures that can be taken to ensure that arson is lessened or eliminated altogether. The best and probably most effective way is to create a neighborhood/city watch group. However, if an arson/crime watch is created, participants should be trained on how to spot suspicious activity.
Theft: 1,223 in every 100,000 people in Meriden (2012)
Theft in Meriden may seem high, but it is about half of the average theft rate in the country as a whole. Are you guilty of a crime, such as theft, arson or burglary and want to make amends? Call a Meriden bail bond agent right away to learn how you can get your good name back. Meriden bail bond agents work hard for you, as long as you keep your commitments to them. Meriden bail bondsmen will work to get you out of jail and into a remediation program that will help you get your life back.