Concerned over rise in crime
Is anyone else concerned over the rise in crime? I keep hearing about businesses being broken into, increased in car break ins, and worried that home break ins are next as the economy is worsening by the day. My partner has weapons he owned for years, which I made him disassemble to the extent possible and keep unloaded and disassembled and separate from the ammo in safes when we first had kids. They are now locked away but my partner is concerned that they are also completely unusable for home protection since it will take him a while to fully put one back together and load it. He has been pushing for a while to assemble one weapon and keep it in a locked safe unloaded but in a way that he or I can access and load in under a minute in case there is a home invasion. We have two young kids so I'm concerned but on the other hand we are always home now, streets are deserted, crime is going up, and I'm home alone with kids quite often late in the evening so I'm no longer sure that not having it available for protection is the best choice. Both of us are very capable with weapons and know how to use them so I agree with him that in an intrusion situation I'm safer with it then without, but the kids are young and even though they cannot access either of the safes they unfortunately know that the safes are there. Anyone feels that the rise in crime in this area justifies taking extra precautions and took them despite in a way increasing other risks?