First, the (very) good news: In study after study, the Temecula Valley region is consistently ranked as one of the safest from a violent crime standpoint, not only in California but the entire nation.

In fact, Temecula’s violent crime rate of only 1.2 per 100,000 is identical to Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel, which rank in the top 10 safest cities in California.

And yet, according to statistics provided by SafeWise, Temecula ranks only 73rd in overall crime. This is due to the fact that our property crime rate is 23.3 per 100,000, which is quite high compared to most other “safe cities.” 

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report tells the story. While our violent crime rate is 69% below the national average, our property crime rate is 6 percent higher than the national average.

Temecula is one of the safest cities in California and the United States
The Temecula Valley is consistently ranked as one of the safest areas in California. However, our relatively high property crime rate keeps us from ranking in the top 50 for overall crime.

Temecula Valley’s property crime rate is 6 percent higher than the national average.

While important in even the safest cities, taking extra measures to protect against property crime is especially essential when it’s at the level we have here in the Temecula Valley. 

Property crime security strategies can be broadly classified into three categories, often referred to as the “Three D’s” of security. These are deterrence, denial and detection.

Effective layering and integration of these tactics will greatly enhance your safety, security and peace-of-mind.

“Temecula is a very target rich environment. It’s nice; people have nice things, and other people come here to steal them.”

~ Sgt. Hilton, Riverside County Sheriffs Department, Burglary Suppression Team

The First “D” — Deterrence

An overstuffed mailbox is a security hazard
One of the most effective ways to deter burglary is to make sure your home or business appears occupied. An overstuffed mailbox (for example) is a "green light" for an intruder.

Burglars are basically lazy and will usually take the “path of least resistance.” You can make your home or business look too risky to a criminal by using some of these techniques.

  • Place inside lights, and even a TV and stereo, on a timer when there is when your business is closed or no one is home.
  • Don’t stop your mail, water, newspaper or other deliveries when you are away. Instead, have someone pick these items up for you.
  • If you have a security system, make sure you post signs and window decals warning potential intruders that your premises are protected.

65% of residential burglaries happen during the day, when the house is most likely to be empty.

The Second “D” — Denial

Two-thirds of all burglars break in through doors. The remaining one-third get in through a window. Denial involves making these points-of-entry as impenetrable as possible by taking the following kinds of precautions:

  • After moving into a new home or business location, immediately replace all of the locks.
  • Use interconnecting deadbolt locks. And make sure your deadbolts require a key on both sides of the door for access. (For fire safety purposes, leave the key inside the lock on the interior to facilitate an escape.)
  • Sliding glass doors are especially vulnerable. Make sure they are secure by pinning them, which will take care of both horizontal and vertical movement.
  • Look for especially vulnerable points-of-entry and fix them. Chances are good others know about them, too.
burglar-proof sliding glass doors
Many Temecula Valley homes and businesses have sliding glass doors, which are especially attractive to burglars.

Two-thirds of burglars break in through doors and the rest through windows.

The Third “D” — Detection

detecting an intruder
If an intruder does find a way inside your home or business, it is critical they are detected as quickly as possible. (In fact, they should be detected while they are still outside.) A professional monitoring center will then ensure the proper authorities are quickly dispatched.

No matter how well you incorporate the first two “Ds” in your home defense strategy, a criminal may still decide to violate your home. Here are some techniques to help ensure that he is detected and apprehended if he does:

  • Professional burglars will tell you that it is often concerned neighbors looking out for one another who detect them committing their crimes and call the police.
  • Install a quality home security system that is monitored on a continuous, 24-hour a day basis by a professional security company. Studies show that homes with a security system are 3 times less likely to be burglarized than homes without a system.
  • A survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police also showed that more than 90% of Police Chiefs believe in the value of a monitored home security system.

Homes with a security system are three times less likely to be burglarized. Businesses without security systems are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized.

Trusted Security for Temecula Valley Businesses and Families Since 1985

Our own homes and business are right here in Temecula. We’ve been in business here since 1985, so we have in-depth knowledge of the crime situation and patterns in our area. Knowledge that we put to work for you, your business and your family.

We also have a vested interest in protecting our own community. To us, you’re not a number – you’re our friend and neighbor. And we go out of our way to treat you that way and make sure you are always completely satisfied with our service.

Kathy and Chris Sizemore
Kathy and Chris Sizemore — Temecula Valley's "Dynamic Duo of Security"

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