We’ve seen a large uptick in crime this past year. It should come as no surprise with people being out of work, and cooped up with nothing to do due to the pandemic. Crime is up across the board and if you need security, we can help. EBS Security provides top notch security to businesses, retail establishments, restaurants, and body guard services in the Jacksonville, FL area.

Due to the uptick in crime, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of your surroundings. Below are a few things you can do to better protect yourself during these difficult and challenging times.

Vehicle Theft

Car theft is up as well as car jacking – you can reduce your risk of being a victim of car jacking by always keeping your vehicle locked and avoiding high crime areas. Keep your phone handy and never roll down the window for a stranger. Park in well lit areas and avoid isolated ATMs. Be vigilant and never leave your car running while you go into a store. Don’t leave children in the car while you shop. Make sure you know your VIN number and license plate in the event your car is stolen.

Catalytic Converter Theft

Thieves may not steal your car, but they may steal your catalytic converter. Catalytic converters are located under your vehicle and contain precious metals that thieves sell to scrap yards for upwards of $200 a piece. SUVs that sit up high are targeted because they are easier to access than lower cars. There are aftermarket cages you can install on your vehicle but they can be expensive and only slow the thieves down by a bit. Keep your car in a garage if possible. If not, park in a well lit well traffic area where you can see your vehicle. If you have a car alarm calibrate it to go off when it detects a vibration.

Home Break-Ins

We’re spending a lot more time at home so the idea of a break-in while you’re home is terrifying. You can reduce your chance of being a victim of a break-in by keeping your home well lit inside and out. If you have a dog make sure there is evidence in the yard like water bowls and toys. If you don’t have a dog, consider getting one. Keep doors and windows locked at all times. Don’t open the door to strangers. Consider a security system like ADT or Ring.

See Something, Say Something

Consider forming a neighborhood watch in your community. If you see suspicious behavior call it in to the police who will investigate it (never investigate it yourself). Get to know your neighbors. Clean up your neighborhood and help neighbors who have a hard time keeping up with their lawn and yard work. A well looked after environment is a great deterrent to crime.