is shedding light on a habit most Americans don't think twice about: locking the door.
At least, that's the case for residents of Georgia or Florida — 81% of Southeasterners surveyed said they lock up when they leave the house. Residents of New England and the Northwest, meanwhile, apparently play fast and loose when it comes to home security. Only 58% of New Englanders and a mere 54% of people in the Northwest reported that they lock up regularly.
Safehome surveyed 1,000 people across the country on their home security measures, and, unsurprisingly, region wasn't the only factor. People who live in apartment buildings are far more likely to lock the door (78%) than those who live in single family homes (71%) or mobile homes (59%).
The survey also found that people who know their neighbors well are much less likely to lock their doors — a close-knit community might help foster a sense of security. Kids can impact your locking habits, too. Families with one child are better about securing the door than childless households, but as family size grows, locking habits become more lax.
One ? "As children get older, they may be the last ones out the door, leaving it unlocked. While teenagers are good at, the thought to lock up the house when leaving may not be as ingrained in their minds as it is for the homeowners." Sounds like a distinct possibility to us.