Where's the most dangerous place to live? I've got the scoop right here in my hand. When you compare the data on robberies, burglaries, and stolen cars from the FBI, and cases of identity theft and computer hacking from the Justice Department, here's how the cities in North America stack up. The highest-crime cities are:
- 5. Tampa, Florida.
- 4. Miami, Florida.
- 3. Dallas, Texas.
- 2. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1. Atlanta, Georgia, with the most stolen goods of any city surveyed.
So, what are the safest cities to live in?
- 5. Anchorage, Alaska.
- 4. Fremont, California.
- 3. Yonkers, New York.
- 2. Madison, Wisconsin.
- 1. Virginia Beach, Virginia.
But no matter where you live, here are two ways to protect yourself from thieves.
- First, according to crime experts, the best way to steal-proof your car is an ignition immobilizer. It uses an ignition key with a computer chip that sends a "start" signal to a hidden receiver. Even better is the Theftstopper1 with 3 separate receivers scattered around your car. So, even if a thief manages to hotwire one receiver, he still needs to find and override the other two. For security reasons, it's available only from dealerships and mechanics, and will set you back about $200 bucks.
- And the second way to protect yourself concerns bank accounts: Online banking may be safer than the traditional kind. A study found that fraud victims whose bank statements are mailed lose $4,000 dollars more to identity theft than those who view their statements online. Why? It takes longer for the people relying on snail mail to detect discrepancies. If you'd like more tips for online banking safety, check out the website at FDIC.gov.