New York Home Security and Crime Prevention Center

Crime stats in New York

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New York crime stats infographic

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

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. Look into handy features like remote activation of your security system, control of your lighting and appliances, and live video streaming to your phone.

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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 close your windows at night or when you’re out. Trim bushes lining your home to eliminate hiding places, and invest in 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 before vacation

Avoid announcing specific vacation plans on social media or making it clear that the house is empty. To maintain a lived-in appearance, stop the mail and newspapers before you leave, and set indoor lights on variable timers. 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).

Find out about home security in your city

Compare the best home security systems in New York

Brand
Lowest monitoring price
Starter equipment price
Contract required
Installation
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Top pick
Vivint
Vivint
$599.00
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ProAmazon, Google,
Z-Wave
Reader favorite
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
$229.00
Icon Yes  LightNo
DIYAmazon, Google
Whole-property pick
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
$99.00
Icon Yes  LightNo
DIYAmazon, Google,
Z-Wave
Pro monitoring pick
ADT
ADT
$0.00
Icon No  LightYes
ProAmazon, Google,
Z-Wave
No-contract DIY pick
Blue by ADT
Blue by ADT
$199.15
Icon Yes  LightNo
DIYAmazon, Google,
Z-Wave

Info current as of 05/27/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
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The SafeWise Team is here to help you keep your home and family safe. Whether you’re looking to pick a security system or identify and remove common risks in your home, we’re here to help you find the best products and well-researched answers. At SafeWise we combine our years of experience in home safety and security with user reviews and feedback to help take the guesswork out of living safe.

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