US Dept. of Justice in 2014 made a study where there was a definite correlation between the season and the crime rate. Researchers have found that the crime rates are much less in the fall and winter, whereas greater in summer. Summer may be the best time of the year for you to enjoy vacation, but it is also the best time for the burglars to fulfill their desires. Few of the crime rates in summers were significant:
- Burglary: 11% higher.
- Household larceny (theft of property outside the home): 8% higher.
There was a 35% increase for major crime types in some cities. The ratio of crime is larger in cold climates but majority of areas see the rate increase at peak in summer when temperature is high. Several explanations are also given by Law enforcement experts and psychologists for the increased rate in summer.
One of the attractive reason can be people tend to travel more in the summer and empty their houses. Also, social media can prove to be a great source of information regarding their vacation itinerary. This personal information is enough for the burglars to decide when and how long they can enjoy sitting on your couch.
People also leave their windows open during during hot weather. The bikes, patio furniture, laptops, and other valuables are often outside and unattended as people mostly spend time outside home. So this can be the add on opportunity for thieves.
The most important thing to remember with property crimes is that criminals don’t take vacations as you do. In-fact, they wait for you to take yours and let your guard down. Summer months are the perfect time for you to know your neighbors. That makes it much easier to spot suspicious people or vehicles that may be casing the neighborhood.
As we know it is better to keep a bad thing from happening than it is to fix the bad thing once it has happened. Few things to keep in mind and then you are good to go and enjoy worry free vacation. So always keep your doors and windows locked, not leaving any valuables outside, Secure your home when you’re away, Keep your vacation and travel plans quiet. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house, collect the mail, and keep the grass cut.
Be alert as you can never be sure who is watching or talking. An offhand comment by a co-worker to a friend or family member that “so-and-so” from my office is headed to the Galapagos this week for an awesome vacation may fall on the wrong ears. Share less to become safe more.
Finally, remember that fire and/or water damage often cause more financial losses than theft. A burst pipe spews water quickly, but even a leaky dishwasher hose or hot water heater can cause a lot of damage in a week that you’ll have to replace. That’s why we recommend using smoke alarms and flood sensors along with your basic JAQX system. The entry sensors and cameras protect you from intruders, our smoke and water monitoring protects you from dangers inside your home.
Have a great, safe summer!