Idaho Falls has a population of approximately 56,813 in the city, with the surrounding area population jumping to approximately 136,108. This city is the go-to place for much of Idaho and even western Wyoming. This community boasts economic vitality and a high quality of life for its residents. If people want a little bigger metropolitan area, they have a short drive to Boise or Spokane. This great city was founded in 1864 and incorporated a few years later in 1891. It was founded on the site of the Taylor’s Crossing on the famous Montana Trail and was at one time called Eagle Rock. This settlement on the Snake River grew and prospered due to its location. The original business of ferrying people across the Snake River on their migration to the western edges of the United States was enlarged to improving travel for people who would become miners and freighters. This city has added many businesses and industries to become a regional business hub. There are government agencies and small to medium nationally known corporations. The median household income is approximately $47,000 and the average home price is around $230,000. With an unemployment rate as low as 4.6%, the residents can be assured of a good chance of employment. Cultural destinations such as The Willard Art Center and The Colonial Theater and Civic Auditorium attract many people. The Museum of Idaho features local history and many traveling exhibits of national renown.
Idaho Falls has a higher crime rate than the rest of Idaho or the rest of the United States. This city’s overall crime rate comes in at 53% higher than Idaho’s average and 5% higher than the national average. Guess it is kind of the wild west. Violent crime is actually 24% lower than the national average but the property crime rate is 9% higher than the national average. Even with these statistics, Idaho Falls is safer than 37% of similar cities in the United States. Residents stand a 1 in 34 chance of being the victims of crime. In recent years crime has shown an 8% rise. Yet, for the 56,000+ residents of Idaho Falls, there are enough positive lifestyle choices to overcome the slightly higher than average crime rates.
People who have settled into a neighborhood and a home they like, don’t want to move to a safer neighborhood. They want to be safe where they are. There are inexpensive, practical measures for these people to take even when money is in short supply. There are also more costly but more effective security packages that the homeowner can purchase and install themselves or hire a security company to furnish, install, and monitor for them. People who are thinking of moving to Idaho Falls have a choice of what neighborhoods they move to and where they purchase a home. These people can contact the police stations in areas they are considering to get crime statistics, response times, and what crimes are most common in that neighborhood. They can also go online to several different sites that publish crime statistics. By simply inputting the house address, city, and state with “crime rate” after it on a search engine, people can choose a website such as areavibes or NeighborhoodScout that list city-wide statistics or crime statistics for a particular address. Some of these sites list the safest and most popular neighborhoods to live in. Armed with crime statistics and other information, house hunters can choose their home in the safest neighborhoods. People who are having new homes built have the option of “Smart House” technology. Smart Home compatible security components can be purchased for existing homes. “Smart Home” technology allows a person to have electronic control of many aspects of the home from security to locking doors remotely, adjusting home temperatures, and much more. Many security companies have this option available.
Many homeowners are not ready to purchase security systems or are living on limited incomes and can not afford them yet. Here are some things to do for home security to start with: Clean up the yard and trim all of the trees and shrubberies to eliminate hiding places for criminals. Think about repairing old fences or adding new ones for the back yard. Have locks on gates in the fence. The fence should be tall enough and built to discourage unauthorized entry into the yard.Take a walk around and through the house to spot any windows or doors that do not have proper locks or latches. Then install good locks with long screws on all doors and install inside latches on all windows. Make sure all windows have securely attached screens. 30% of criminals enter homes through unlocked doors or open windows missing screens.Purchase a couple motion-activated outdoor lights for the front and back doors.Consider dog ownership. Even small dogs bark like crazy when they sense an intruder near the home. A dog does not need to be large or vicious to be effective.For some people, gun ownership will be a part of home security. This security measure comes with great responsibility and risk, so think carefully before buying a gun. Get trained in its safe use and do target practice regularly.Consider purchasing a security system with security cameras and alarms.
If a family has done all the security safety measures available and still do not feel completely safe, they should consider signing up for a security company service or purchasing and installing their own security system. There are a wide range of effective security packages available to homeowners at a wide range of pricing. For more information on security systems, go to the website.