Are Home Invasions on the Rise in Las Vegas? How to Stay Safe

Las Vegas may be the entertainment capital of the world, but that also opens the door to dangers from opportunistic criminals. Home invasions and burglaries are on the rise throughout the Las Vegas region, and people are justifiably concerned about what they can do to keep their home, their property, and their families safe.

Whether it’s from the gang activity still found throughout the region, individual criminals that plague residents of the area, or simple opportunistic acts of vandalism and violence, property crime is all-too-common throughout the region; in 2018, there were almost 2,838 property crimes per 100,000 people– the highest property crime rate Las Vegas has experienced. This article will examine the statistics regarding property crime in the Las Vegas region, and what you can do to stay safe.

 

Crime Index and Rates in Las Vegas

According to the statistics website Neighborhood Scout, Las Vegas has a crime index of 12, meaning that it is safer than only 12% of cities in the nation. Breaking down the crime rate further, there are on average 28.25 property crimes per 1,000 residents, and a total of 18,402 total property crimes per year. Property crimes, of course, include burglary, and some home invasions.

Other home invasions fall under violent crimes, and of these, there are on average 3,574 per year, an average of 5.49 per 1,000 people in the city. Burglary, specifically, sees an average of 10,646 reported incidents every year in Las Vegas, an average of 638.7 per 100,000 residents, according to Area Vibes.

 

The New Normal

The Las Vegas Review Journal published a column in July of 2017 indicating that the Las Vegas Valley has experienced such a rise in crime that it has become what the paper calls “the new normal.” The report focuses on the homicide rate, and points out that it is the highest in two decades across the nation.

Since September 2020, Las Vegas has been seeing a surge of violence amidst the coronavirus pandemic, specifically on the Strip, where COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed over time. According to AP News , over a three month period, 1,229 people have been arrested and 64 guns have been confiscated by the Convention Center Area Command.

Las Vegas has also witnessed a 33% homicide investigation increase in 2020, according to US News. Law enforcement investigated the killings of 195 people, ranging from self-defense shootings to domestic violence homicides. The cause of this spike remains unknown, however, some believe it could be as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

According to SafeWise, 54% of Nevadans feel highly concerned about their safety, over eight percentage points higher than the national average. In a special report by 24/7 Wall St. detailing the most dangerous cities in each U.S. state, Las Vegas earned the spot with 2,772 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 2019, slightly higher than Nevada’s state total.

With an increase of both violent and property crime in the past year, it’s more important than ever for people to be aware of their surroundings, to take care, and to do what they can to protect themselves and their family. There are a number of home invasion protection options available to you.

 

Home Invasion Protection

Home invasion protection is something we should all consider in this day and age. There are two different kinds of home invasion. The first is that which everyone pictures when they hear the word—someone breaks into your house without your permission. Whether jimmying a window, picking a lock, or kicking down the door, they get in against your wishes.

The other kind of home invasion, however, happens with your approval. This happens when someone tricks or scams their way into your home. Remember, just because you opened the door, that doesn’t make you any less a victim, and it doesn’t make them any less a criminal. Let’s look at the steps you can take to defeat both.

 

Custom Iron Fencing

The best way to protect your family is with a physical barrier—custom iron fencing. These beautiful structures create a barrier that’s difficult to penetrate. It not only protects you from potentially violent criminals like home invaders, but can also help to provide privacy from pesky door-to-door salespeople, and can even protect your children and pets from invading wild animals like coyotes.

The best thing about a custom iron security fence is that they can also help to beautify and add value to your home. Of course, you’ll want the highest quality results from your door, to make sure it’s an investment in your future safety. That’s why Las Vegas residents in need of the best iron security barriers turn to AR Iron, LLC. Since 1989 we’ve been working to keep Las Vegas residents safe, and we’re here to bring our decades of experience to your doorstep.

 

Custom Entryways

We can craft a stunning, beautiful and strong entryway for your property, and we can also design an automated opener for ease of getting in and out. Control your gate at the press of a button, so you don’t have to get out of the car or walk down to the gate every time you need to open it. When combined with a solid security system, our iron fencing and entryways are the best first line of defense against home invasions, burglaries and other violent property crimes.

 

Security Doors

Custom wrought iron security doors provide a range of benefits to keep you safe from intruders. They offer outstanding strength and durability against forced entry or prying. They are surprisingly lightweight, while maintaining an elegant and beautiful appearance thanks to our perfect balance of materials for beauty and function.

Our security doors can be made in just about any design you choose, and are very low maintenance; with the right care they can last for generations. We will even custom measure, fit and build the door to fit your entryway.

 

Other Ways to Stay Safe in Your Home

Have a Security List: The first step is to make a security checklist and go through it regularly. This list should go through all the things you need to do, to maximize your home’s security. Go over it every single time you enter and leave. The repetition will make it a habit, and it’ll make your house safer overall.

Keep Your Security Door Closed: A physical barrier between you and the potential invader is a must. Don’t ever open the door to someone posing as a salesperson, stranded motorist, repairman, utilities worker, or even a police officer. The moment you open your door, you’re making it easier for them. Tell them through the door they can leave whatever information they have in the mailbox or at the door, or call to confirm who they are. It’s also best to have a solid iron security door like those available at AR Iron, LLC.

Don’t Count on Chains: Your average young person can kick a door open hard enough to break a security chain. If you’re looking for the best door security, a series of deadbolts—one at the doorknob, one at the top, and one at the floor—is your best bet. You should also be sure that your security door is able to withstand these violent efforts to get in. The security doors available through AR Iron are a perfect solution for keeping invaders out.

Have a Home Alarm: a home alarm system is a great idea. Just be sure you use it consistently. Even when you’re home, and especially when you go to bed at night, set it to the “STAY” function. It will wake you up if anyone breaks in while you’re sleeping.

 

Drill Your Plans and Keep them Private

Just like a fire drill, your safety drill allows you to plan your escape and make it a habit in case it becomes necessary. Call for these drills randomly and make sure everyone has it down pat. This will allow you, in case of emergency, to get to a safe room, or to an outside area where you’re all able to reconvene and check on everyone’s safety.

Don’t tell the world your security plans. This just lets determined criminals figure out a way around them. Never share your security codes with anyone; they could easily be accidentally repeated to the wrong person. If you’ve got someone watching your house while you’re away, give them a key fob to activate your alarm, or be sure to change your codes as soon as you get home.

 

Home Security That Adds Class

Home security doesn’t have to be forbidding and unattractive. When you choose a window guard, custom entryway, security fence or wrought iron security door from AR Iron, LLC, you’re investing in your family’s safety and their future, and you’re doing it in a way that will add class and beauty to your home.

Not only do our products add beauty and security, they can actually add value to the property as well. Investing in one of our security products is an overall great way to better your property, from top to bottom. Read a bit more about the services we provide, and get in touch with us to schedule a consult today!

Now Until October 31, 2021: Home Security Package Offer

We’re offering a security package that can ensure that you have more coverage across your home. Even if you have window alarms, video cameras, and more, you can never be too safe when it comes to your home.

AR Iron Security Package Offer

All of the iron is powder-coated to enhance the aesthetics while also helping against rust and corrosion. It will look beautiful and last throughout the cold winters and hot summers of Las Vegas, year after year.

The turnaround to install the package is three to five days. The sooner you order, the sooner we can begin the install. It will make it easier for you to move forward during the pandemic with a greater level of confidence. Securing your home should be a top priority, and our competitively priced package is only available for a limited time.

*This offer is for a limited time offer and cannot be combined with other offers. The offer expires on October 31, 2021.