Last month the Bureau of Justice Statistics published a report that shows burglary is 11% more common in summer than winter months. While the trends in the mid-1970s indicated burglary was 23% more likely in summer, and the June 2014 report examining statistics from 1993-2010 show a drop to 11%, that still is the greatest seasonal variation of any type of crime.
Typically referred to as a crime of opportunity, burglary may be more common in summer for a number of reasons Obviously countless more people will take vacations during the summer (newspapers or mail piling up sends a clear signal that no one's home). Additionally, securing windows and doors tends to be overlooked by more people in these months.
Protect yourself with some of these tips:
1. Make your home a more difficult target with an alarm system, with a yard sign and window stickers showing that an alarm system is installed and active. Call me and I'll be happy to recommend an alarm installation/monitoring company.
2. Suspend delivery of your newspaper and mail (or have a trusted friend or neighbor collect them for you).
3. Connect at least one lamp or other interior light on a timer so a light will come on nightly for a period of time while you're away.
4. Similarly, exterior lighting on a motion detector also can be a great deterrent.
5. Consider high-tech options like installing a security camera (or multiple) or using a mobile security app for your smartphone to alert you if someone approaches your doorways while you're not home.
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