To stay safe, be aware of your surroundings–it’s advice most people have heard and that they tend to remember when they’re out and about, especially if they’re traveling or in a big city. However, they often let their guards down in their own homes and small communities because they feel safe. Being comfortable is not a good reason to be careless, and it is equally important to be alert and aware in familiar places. Learning about the crime stats in Central Ohio communities is one way to become more aware of the dangers, making it easier to remain safe.
Life & Crime in Worthington, Ohio
With American flags on most light poles in the downtown area, Worthington, Ohio is the picture of Midwestern Americana. As a suburb of Columbus, the city has the charm of a small town combined with the attractions and conveniences of a big city. Because it sits at the crossroads of Ohio’s two major highways, State Route 23 and State Route 161, the city of approximately 13,000 residents offers easy access to the rest of the state. With its proximity to the state capital and those major thoroughfares, residents in Worthington should be especially vigilant about monitoring their community for criminal activity.
While violent crime is down across the county, property crime is up in Ohio. According to a report produced the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a branch of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, “Across the United States, burglaries decreased six percent from 2001 to 2010.” However, “In Ohio, burglary increased nine percent between 2001 and 2010, despite the decrease in overall property crime during this same time period.”
This trend has continued in recent years and holds true for Worthington. Between 2009 and 2013, data published in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, the number of property crimes increased yearly in Worthington. Although there were fewer property crimes in 2014 than in the previous year, the number of those crimes was still double what it had been just six years before.
Heroin Epidemic Playing Big Role in Worthington, Ohio Property Crime
There are, of course, many factors that might affect criminal activity, but one contributing factor could be the rise in heroin use. The OCJS’s Research Report released in January 2016 states that “The rate of opiate-related offenses increased by nearly 600% from 2004-2014. This was primarily driven by an increase in heroin offenses, which increased by over 1000%.”
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence notes that “The relationship between drugs and crime is complex,” but acknowledges that there are several types of crime associated with drug use, including economic crime, or crimes that people commit in order to fund their drug use such as theft or burglary. Columbus and surrounding areas are being significantly affected by this heroin epidemic.
Knowing that there has been a significant increase in both heroin use and property crimes, residents of Worthington, Ohio should consider installing a home security system with security monitoring. Alarm systems are very effective tools in preventing crimes because thieves are less likely to target homes with security systems. When burglars do enter homes and an alarm is triggered, they are likely to leave more quickly, meaning the homeowner may not have any property actually stolen. Systems with security monitoring and/or security cameras also make it easier for the police to catch those who do commit crimes. Companies that monitor systems can immediately notify the police when the system indicates a breach and cameras provide authorities with the evidence needed to prosecute the perpetrators.
Choosing the Right Security System in Worthington, Ohio
When considering an alarm company or security monitoring service in Worthingon, Ohio, it is important to find a company with a good reputation. Look for reviews on sites like Angie’s List to ensure that online reviews you find are credible, and make sure the business is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
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