How Safe is Your Home?
As moms, even as we exercise vigilance, the fact is that most of us let people into our homes on a frequent basis, trusting that they were properly checked and vetted by their companies and employers.
However, a new report just released by on-demand local home services company SERVIZ offers a timely reminder that sometimes the best deterrent against crime, and for increased home safety, may just be exercising a little more caution about who comes through your front door.
How Safe is Your Contractor?
SERVIZ is an easy-to-use home concierge that offers a safer, more transparent way to book and buy home services online or using your mobile—a useful service for moms, whether you need a handyman, electrician, plumber or other independent contractor.
The company recently became concerned with the issue of home safety when it realized that it was failing a significant number of home contractors for criminal background checks in some areas across America.
Wanting to provide an in-depth look at these issues for moms and homeowners everywhere, SERVIZ then researched and assembled its groundbreaking new Home Safety Rankings (HSR) Index, a fascinating and often sobering look at home safety statistics from over 100 major metropolitan areas across the U.S.
SERVIZ created its HSR from surveys it sent to over 65,000 customers nationwide, and from data collected over the last 5 years serving hundreds of thousands of customers, on hundreds of thousands of home improvement jobs, and also incorporated relevant U.S. Census information.
The resulting HSR includes some fairly startling statistics on outside home contractors when it comes to local services, as it turns out that as many as 25 to 35% (or more) are failing simple background checks by SERVIZ in major cities across the U.S.—that’s as many as 1 in 3. While some cities, like Poway California are highly ranked for safety (with just a 1 in 87 chance of becoming a crime victim), others like Washington D.C. scored low, with your chance of being a crime victim there just 1 in 4.
Added Safety Tips and Resources
SERVIZ’s national HSR Index ultimately provides a timely and useful look at America’s home safety habits—and how moms and homeowners can improve them.
This is also why SERVIZ, as a company, is committed to strict county, state and national background checks for the Service Pros in its own independent network, followed by active license verification for all applicable service types.
Meanwhile, the HSR also includes useful home safety advice, insights and links, from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), which has contributed tips to emphasize steps that moms can take for increased safety against criminals in their homes.
NCPC’s tips include advice for homeowners to make sure doors and windows are locked, and with secure, up-to-date and dependable locks and deadbolts. Security systems and cameras (inside and out) are other excellent precautions, as are flood and motion sensor lights outside the home. NCPC also recommends that moms take a video inventory of the home and its valuables for future reference, while also compiling and maintaining a list of item descriptions and serial numbers, for use in case of theft.
SERVIZ’s HSR also includes additional useful advice and insights that it hopes will help to keep people safer against theft, fire, floods and more in cities and towns across the United States.
Learn more about SERVIZ at www.serviz.com.