Summer Heat Wave: Why Break-ins Increase and What To Do About It

Temperatures are rising, grass is greening up and summer plans are starting to get underway; a standard start to summer for many. Do you know what else happens at the beginning of each summer? The chance of a break-in begins to increase.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are getting the word out about the increased chances of burglary. They say it’s not that warmer weather brings out more burglars, but break-ins are a crime of opportunity, and there are more opportunities in the warmer months.

Families are going on vacation, windows are left open for longer periods of the day, and folks are spending more time outside and away from their homes.

However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go on vacation, you have to keep your windows closed or that you shouldn’t spend the day at the beach or park; it just means that you should remain vigilant.

There are several easy things you can do to make your home less attractive to potential burglars, while still having an epic summer.

 

Deter Potential Burglars During Summer:

  • Invest in a home security system from ESI Communications. A security system may seem obvious, but with all the technology available, including smartphones, it is the easiest way to protect your home, even if you’re in a different city. Read more about ESI Comm’s home security solutions here.
  • Don’t announce vacation plans on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Burglars are known to look for such posts to find targets. Instead, wait until you get back from your trip to make your friends jealous.
  • Keep your lawn mowed, landscaping trimmed and windows clear of any shrubbery. A poorly kept yard signals to burglars that nobody has been home for awhile, increasing the chance of your home being targeted.
  • Keep lights, TV’s or a radio on a timer when you are away, even if you’ve just gone to work for the day. This will make it seem like someone is home when there isn’t, significantly decreasing the chance of a burglar targeting your home.
  • Who doesn’t enjoy a breeze coming through the window? But while you’re not home, you are going to want to shut and lock that window.Or, you can place a piece of wood in the window track of a cracked window. This prevents a potential burglar from sliding it open and getting in through the window
  • Keep the garage door closed, even when home. Bikes, lawn mowers, chainsaws, golf clubs and other expensive equipment are often kept in garages. Burglars would love to make off with any one of these kinds of items.
  • If you are gone for more than a couple days at a time, have a neighbor collect your mail and newspaper or stop it all together until you get back. Newspaper and mail build-up is another tip to potential burglars that you’re out of town.

 

Just because summer means an increase in break-ins does not mean that you can’t have your normal, awesome, summer. Just be conscious to not become careless with your home security and you will have the summer you were dreaming about all winter long.