Summer Sees an Increase in Crime – Is Your Home and Business Protected?
The summer months are great for many reasons—like BBQs, road trips, no school, and family vacations—but there are also some negatives to the beautiful weather. The rise in temperatures also brings a rise in crime rates. In fact, during the summer months, home burglaries increase by almost a whopping 11%!
Why Does Crime Spike During the Summer Months?
While burglaries, household larceny, serious violent crimes, and household property victimization increase during the summer, there has to be a reason behind it. In fact, there are many reasons why crime rate spikes during the summer months.
One reason is that during the cooler months, criminals are less likely to be out and about and frequently whole up to stay warm. The other main reason is that crimes of opportunity increase. Warmer weather means more windows open and school being out for the summer means more family vacations. Vacant homes with families away for extended durations are enticing for burglars, as are open windows and screened doors. The window you think is just letting in a nice cross-breeze, can actually be an open invitation for criminals to enter your home.
How Can You Protect Your Home?
So, now that you know a bit about why burglaries increase during the summer, it’s time to look at what you can do to keep your home safe.
The first thing you should do is ensure that you are locking windows and doors at night. Burglars like easy access to homes and an open window with just a screen in it does little to deter them from entering. It’s okay to open windows or screen doors and let fresh air into your home, but don’t forget to lock them before leaving or going to bed.
Another option to improve the security of your home is to install high-security locks. These locks are extremely hard to pick or disengage and if a burglar successfully does, you will know someone has entered your home because they will have to destroy the lock in the process.
How Can You Protect Your Business?
Your business also is not immune to the increase in burglaries. One great way to protect your business from vandalism and theft is to install CCTV systems. Just the sight of cameras is often enough to deter criminals, but if a crime still is committed, you have evidence to turn over to the police, which increases the chance of locating the culprit.
RBM Lock & Key Can Help You Improve Security
If you want to keep your home and business safe during the summer months, RBM Lock & Key can help. We offer automotive, residential, commercial, and industrial locksmith services in the inland empire area of Southern California. If you are looking to install high-security locks or CCTV systems at your home or business, we can help. Call 909-980-3448 to request a visit from one of our knowledgeable and skilled locksmiths.