McKinney continues to shine as a great city in the state of Texas, The nation’s fastest-growing city for the period between 2000 and 2003, it again took this title in 2006, when looking at cities with more than 50,000 residents. As a result of the population growth during these time periods, it was ranked the second fastest-growing in those cities with more than 100,000 residents in 2007 and third in 2008. In 2016, McKinney is now home to approximately 161,905 people, and this is a good sign that those living in the area have a lot to be happy about. Violent Crime BestPlaces.net rates various cities across the country on a scale with regards to various types of crime. Where this city truly stands out is in its low violent crime rating, as it receives a rating of 12 on a scale of 1 to 100. This includes robbery, aggravated assault, forcible rape and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. The average rating for a city in the United States is 41.4, showing why residents feel safe when living in this city. They know their chances of being a victim of a violent crime are significantly lower than in other parts of the country. Property Crime Motor vehicle theft, arson, burglary and larceny-theft are also concerns of residents of any city. McKinney receives a rating of 33 in this area by BestPlaces.net, and the site looks at any crimes that involve the taking of a person’s property or money, one in which there is no threat of force or force used against the victims. The average rating for a city in the United States in this area is 43.5. Recent Police Reports Police respond to numerous incidents every week. For the week of November 10 to November 16, 2016, they responded to multiple accidents throughout the city. In addition, they dealt with a report of assaults on Virginia Parkway, Pearson Avenue and Peachtree Lane. They were asked to serve several warrants and handled a case of theft-shoplifting on South Hardin Boulevard, a theft on Virginia Parkway and another on Redbud Boulevard. A robbery on North Tennessee Street was also reported, but thankfully no major crimes were an issue during this time period. As a result, residents feel safe in their city of choice. This does not mean, however, that precautions should not be taken to protect the home and property, and residents need to understand the importance of having a security system at their residence. When Do Most Burglaries Occur? People often assume most burglaries take place at night, as criminals can take advantage of the dark of night to enter a residence. This isn’t the case, however. The majority of burglaries now take place between the hours of 10AM and 3PM, as people are less likely to be home during these hours. Adults are at work and children are at school, thus criminals are able to enter the home, get the items they wish and leave, with little chance of being noticed as they do so. The majority of these crimes are also committed by criminals who live within two miles of the homes they target. The close proximity provides them with the opportunity to learn who is home during the day and which areas of the neighborhood are least populated during the above mentioned time frame. In addition, living close to the home being targeted provides the burglar with the opportunity to determine when a family is away for a period of time, such as newspapers that are left on the front porch for a number of days or a lawn that hasn’t been mowed recently. Getting In And Out Of A Home Criminals typically enter a home through a window or door that has been left unlocked. In fact, 30 percent of burglars enter a residence using this method. What is even more surprising to many people is 34 percent of burglars enter a home simply by going through the front door, either an unlocked entryway or by gaining access through illegal means. Bushes planted around the foundation of the home tend to provide the cover the criminal needs to get into the residence without being detected.
Individuals need to keep the landscaping neat and clean to reduce these opportunities for criminals and ensure doors and windows remain locked. Sadly, most burglaries don’t take more than ten minutes to complete, thus a criminal can do a large amount of damage in a short period of time when they are given a means to enter a home without being caught. The Cost Of Securing A Home Individuals frequently cite the high cost of a security system when explaining why they don’t have this type of system in their home. The cost of the system is negligible, however, when compared to the average loss due to a burglary. The FBI reports that, as of 2014, the average loss to a victim of a burglary is $2,251, with the total cost for all victims coming in at $3.9 billion. Almost 75 percent of burglaries took place in homes also, thus every homeowner needs to ensure their residence is secured at all times. Regardless of where a person lives, they cannot be too safe in their home. An alarm system helps to achieve this goal, as criminals trying to enter a home will look for an easier target if they find a residence has a system of this type. For this reason alone, every home should consider installing an alarm system. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.