How To Stay Away From Burglary Now That Summer's Here

It is summer once again. The heat, the pool, the vacation getaway. Lots of fun! Everyone’s out and about, wanting to enjoy and make the most of the season. But did you know that burglary rates increase during the summer months?

It’s true.

Now that summer is in full swing, you may want to take some time to review your home security plan and make some overdue necessary adjustments. A burglary occurs every 14 seconds in the United States, and the majority occur during daylight hours. Don’t let it happen to you; be proactive about protecting your home and property, and free your mind to focus on the important things, like beach parties and summer vacations.

Why Do Burglary Rates Increase During the Summer?

There is a great deal of debate and speculation as to why burglary rates rise during July and August, but there are likely multiple factors involved. For starters, the majority of burglars are males under the age of 25, and a significant number are high school age. Since students are out of school during the summer months, there are more opportunities for daytime invasions. Additionally, more people take vacations during the summer months, and burglars are drawn to vacant homes. The real question, though, isn’t why burglaries occur, but rather how to prevent them.

Arm Your Home

If you don’t have a quality home security system, now is the time to invest in one. Homes without a system are three times more likely to be invaded, and even if an invasion does occur, an armed system will usually send burglars running before they have a chance to steal any of your property. It doesn’t even require anything fancy. A simple wireless system—which you can easily configure yourself—can get the job done in most situations. And believe it or not, you can pick up a basic system for less than $200.

Get Involved with Neighborhood Watch

Summer is the perfect time to start a neighborhood watch program, or get involved with an existing program. If you’re interested in learning more, or if you’d like to find out how to start a neighborhood watch in your community, visit the National Neighborhood Watch Institute. If you want to find out whether a neighborhood watch already exists in your community, contact your local police or sheriff’s department. You might even make a few new friends.

Be a Smart Traveler

As previously mentioned, the summer rise in burglaries may be due in part to the increase in travel. The solution, then, is to give the impression that you’re home, even when you’re away. There are several ways to go about this:

  • Don’t mention your travel plans on social media, although we all want to brag this out. Let your tan says it all when you come back.
  • Don’t let newspapers pile up on your porch. A very obvious sign you are not at home to pick up this morning rituals. You might want to call off a few subscriptions for the time being.
  • Don’t let mail pile up in your mailbox. Unless you don't so much mail, then there is nothing to worry about.
  • Close your curtains. For obvious reasons, curtains gives privacy as well as protection from outside eyes. Do this even if you barred your gate.
  • Use timed lights to illuminate your porch at night. Technology comes very handy today so take advantage on this. Or you might end up how Harry and Marv from Home Alone controlling your Christmas lights.

Introduce a Few Burglary Deterrents

Some of the most clever burglary deterrents are actually quite affordable. Fake security cameras, home security yard signs, dog bark alarms, TV lights…these are just a few of the simple yet effective tools that allow you to ward off burglars without breaking the bank.

This video here interviews convicted burglars and they explained how to prevent your home from them...

Most Importantly…

The most important thing is that you be proactive about your home security, especially during the summer. Many of us fall into the trap of assuming that a home invasion won’t happen to us, but this kind of complacency can easily come back to haunt us. After all, most burglars look for the easy targets, and will actively avoid the homes that present real challenges or uncertainties. So even if you don’t do everything mentioned in this article, the important thing is that you do something. Don’t let this become a summer to remember for all the wrong reasons.

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4 comments

Marijana 7 weeks ago

Now when we live in time when burglary is in growing faze, we need to know some tips and tricks how to save our self or our children from the crime. We need to pay attention especially in summer. So this article was very helpful for me and I hope so that everyone will read it. I will recommend to all of my friends. Thanks for sharing this information.


rohit 7 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing these techniques on the web. Hope this will reach the targeted audience and they get benefitted from this. Burglary can be the worst all the time so one should be always take precautions to stay out of it. The writing style and the presentation is good. Hope to come more in future.


sagar shrestha 7 weeks ago

Yeah! it's 100% sure that burglary increases during summer because in summer people are likely to go to visit places leaving their home. So, it's very important for all those people to save their properties during this season or other if they are to leave home for their visit to somewhere else.

So, tight security system should be employed in houses to protect against burglars. This article is so helpful since most people are travellers. It can help to reduce criminal activities and most importantly this article gives useful techniques to remain safe and to protect properties.


smith 7 weeks ago

This articles is so exclusive informatin. thanks

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