Research tells us that crime rates tend to be lower in the fall and winter, while peaking in the summer. A study conducted by the United States Justice Department indicates that, in some larger cities, crime rates increase by up to 35 percent.
Interestingly, experts suggests that this may be due to higher temperatures and increased opportunities.
First, it is important that you always keep your doors and windows locked when you are leaving your house or are heading to bed for the night. As cooling as it may be to keep your windows open, this can also allow criminals to easily enter your home. If you are spending time outside in your yard or patio, we encourage you not to leave any valuables unattended. This can make it easy for criminals to take your belongings while you are inside or otherwise occupied.
As people tend to travel more in the summer, empty houses are often an attractive target for burglars. If you are going on vacation, we encourage you not to post about it on social media! By making it public knowledge when you are leaving your home unattended and for how long, you provide the perfect opportunity for criminals to break into your home. Further, be sure to adequately secure your home before leaving it for a substantial period of time. Making sure all doors and windows are locked, all valuables are indoors, and consider installing security cameras to keep your home and belongings safe.
Finally, we encourage you to get to know your neighbors if you do not already. Having a relationship with those residing closest to you can help notify you if something is amiss or if suspicious people are hanging around the neighborhood. Your neighbors may also be willing to watch over your house while you are away on vacation and vice versa.
These are just a few tips to stay safe during the summer months. If you experience an accident this upcoming summer, we encourage you to contact a member of our local, experienced defense team. We are the community law firm here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.