doorsAt Pella West Michigan, we know that safety and security are huge concerns for homeowners no matter where you live. That’s why the products we offer are not just beautiful and aesthetically pleasing front doors, patio doors, and windows, but also incredibly secure and protective.

According to the most recent semiannual crime activity report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the overall number of property crimes actually decreased in the first six months of 2015 as compared to 2014, but the number of violent crimes has increased. Burglary crimes in particular dropped by almost 10%. This information from the FBI report was obtained from the

Clearly, there are positive and negative aspects of these two new findings. On the positive side, it’s not entirely surprising that a number of property crimes has occurred as modern technology and advancements in the door and window field have led to increasingly safer homes. It’s also an important reminder for those thinking about home maintenance upgrades to consider the conditions of their doors and windows.

Approximately 33% of intruders enter a home by going right through the front door. Naturally, hollow wooden doors make it all the easier for them to kick in. That’s one reason why many have turned to new steel front entry doors instead. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report,” these have a national median cost of $2,000, and can recover 75% of that cost at resale. A fiberglass entry door replacement yields an even better return on investment, on average, at 82.3%, according to the 2016 Cost VS Value report.

The fact that property crimes seem to be decreasing is great news, but not something that should be taken for granted or proliferated frivolously. In fact, the FBI even cautions against using this data in broad strokes. As the Daily Star Journal put it:

“Rankings may lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that can create misleading perceptions that adversely affect communities and their residents.”

It’s fair to say that improvements in technology and architectural/structural design have played a role in helping to prevent property crimes. Now, it’s just up to the consumer to take advantage and invest in these kinds of improvements to not only make their homes look great, but more secure too.