Florida Home Security and Safety Resources

Emergencies, crime incidents (like burglaries), and other worrisome events don’t usually come with a lot of warning. That's why we encourage everyone to be proactive about safety and security—at home and in your community. To help you stay safe in Florida, we’ve put together this list of local and statewide resources to make sure you know where to turn before the unexpected happens.

Top 5 burglary-prevention tips

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1. Get a home security system

In the United States, homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized. Burglars want to get in and out with minimum hassle—why risk getting caught by a security system when they could just move onto the next house? Security systems send a message to burglars that your home is not to be trifled with.

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2. Keep tabs while you’re away

With the smart home features available today, it’s easy to monitor the happenings in your home whether you’re sitting on your sofa or out running errands. Home security system apps can help with remote activation of your system, smart lighting or smart device control, and live video streaming to your phone, smart TV or smart display.

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3. Make your home less appealing to thieves

Don’t forget to take care of the obvious. Always lock your doors, and leave a spare key with a friend or neighbor (instead of under a flower pot or doormat). Don’t forget to lock your windows at night or when you’re out. Trim bushes lining your home to eliminate hiding places, and invest in motion sensor cameras and outdoor lighting to keep dark spots near your home entrances visible.

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4. Make friends with your neighbors

Strengthening the security of your neighborhood can start with getting to know your neighbors. You might find friends who can watch your place when you’re away, look out for a lost pet, help solve package theft mysteries, or aid in an emergency. And you can work together to build safety resources your community needs.

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5. Prep your home before vacation

Prepare your home for vacation by maintaining a lived-in appearance, stopping the mail and newspapers before you leave, and setting indoor lights on variable timers. Avoid announcing specific vacation plans on social media or making it clear that the house is empty. Let trusted neighbors know you’ll be gone; consider asking them to park their car in your driveway or make footprints in the snow (if it’s winter).


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2022 crime stats in Florida

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

See the Safest Cities in Florida report for more information on crime statistics across the state.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.
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Download: The State of Safety in Florida 2022 Report

See The State of Safety in Florida 2022 Report to find out how state residents feel about crime and safety.


Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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