According to the FBI, over 2.1 million incidents of burglary were committed in 2012. A burglary takes place in the U.S. every 14.3 seconds, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program Crime Clock.
Burglary can also happen in daytime hours. In fact, the National Crime Prevention Council reports that more than 60 percent of all residential burglaries occurred during daylight hours.
While these statistics are alarming, they remind us of the ever-growing impact of crime in the United States -- and that no matter where you reside, you are a potential victim.
Here are some practical tips for setting up or getting involved with a Neighborhood Watch program.
To find the nearest Neighborhood Watch group, contact your community association, call your local police department, or post in your local Community Scene page.