Defense Against Crime

02/06/2011

The Summer Crime Wave

I have written on this topic before and the other night I was watching a news report about how crime increases in the summer time. According to the FBI, they say an average of 6 to 16 percent of crimes are increased during the summertime — murder being the highest at 16 percent,” said Tim Zehring, of Sterling Grant and Associates.

One of the articles I wrote a few years ago explained how many of these crimes are committed my youth who are looking for ‘kicks’. So out of nothing else to do, they decide it would be fun to break into your home and steal your stuff, and pawn it. With may tight city budgets causing deep cuts in programs for troubled youth, and even closing of city pools, some of these kids will try anything to relieve their boredom. For several months I’ve seen various news stories about various youth committing car break-ins or home robberies. During the summer months we are more prone to love the windows down in our car, or windows open in the house or garage door open. These are just an invitation to the criminal elements of or society, or those kids who are looking for ‘kicks’.

Those empty homes that are in your subdivision may be a crime magnet. Some youths take the opportunity to vandalize these homes. Drug dealers use these homes to either run their business out of, or to produce their product.

Another group of people who commit these crimes are heavy drug users who need money, and will do what they have to, including robbery and theft to get money for their next hit.

Things you can do

There are lots of things you can do to keep crime down in your neighborhood.

  • If you’re going away for summer vacation, you can get a house sitter, or have your trusted neighbors watch your house, and let the police know. They can check your house from time-to-time. You can even have your neighbors park their cars in your driveway to make it appear as if someone is home.
  • Secure Lock up your cars and roll up your windows. Yes, we know it’s hot, but thieves can and will exploit openings, and never leave your valuables in plain sight, because the only thing between those valuables and the thief is a piece of glass. It not uncommon for thieves to do a smash-and-grab, as you can see in the news. The problem with car windows is sometimes you can force them down, or they’re easier to break even. If you have a sun/moon roof leave that cracked.
  • If your home, stay vigilant about your residence and your neighborhood. Do a security check around your home, and look for what a criminal could see as a opportunity.
  • I will be writing about how to set up Neighborhood Watch so that you can increase the security of your neighborhood.
  • Read my earlier blogs on home security.

See Also

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