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According to new State Farm claims data, claims for breakins and burglaries in Nevada are on the increase, with an average cost per claim of nearly $5,000. Sparks State Farm agent Jennifer Weible told us their numbers show that "Crime has moved up with State Farm and is now the number 2 cause of loss for us (#1 is water damage) here in Nevada, and especially in northern Nevada as well."

The Nevada Department of Public Safety backs up just how big of a problem it is: According to their latest data, not only does a property crime occur about every 7 and a half minutes, but only 5.6% of all stolen home property is ever found and returned.

You may not hear about many home break-ins, but Jennifer Weible certainly does, and not just from claims. She told us, "One of my neighbors who is a client recently had somebody crawl under a garage door that had been open just slightly."

Across town at All Pro Security in Reno, Jonathon Christopher knows someone too…"This one man just moved into a new neighborhood, and the crooks just watched his habits. They knew when he left, and they took a moving van and went into the back way and cleaned him out…and the neighbors didn't even see anything."

Jonathon says you need to take action before you learn the hard way. He starts with the door. With a simple twist of your deadbolt, your possessions are safe...or so you think. Christopher said, "There are stronger locks now, but still, if somebody knows what they're doing they can get into a house."

Jennifer says the best weapon is banding together. "Honestly, the best thing is just the neighborhood watch. You know, Reno is such a small tight community, the tighter we can make our neighborhoods the better."

But lately, Neighborhood Watch is getting some high-tech help from new affordable cameras at your house. Christopher showed us what home cameras can show online…you can watch your house from your smartphone, and if the police can't get there fast enough to stop a theft, you can hand over the recording of who did it. The live and recording camera system at All-Pro is triggered by a motion sensor. Christopher showed us how "If somebody comes in, it sends a video clip right to our monitoring station. There's an indoor motion viewer for video, and an outdoor one."

He also demonstrated the latest Honeywell security system. If there is an entry made to your home while you're away, it not only notifies authorities…it also sends you a text. New weapons for the good guys, to fight a now bigger problem.

-written by John Potter

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