April is almost at an end, and that means that summer is right around the corner. When we think of summer, we think of pool parties, suntan lotion and fireworks, but did you know that summer is also the busy season for burglars? According to Jerome McKean, an associate professor of criminology at Ball State University in Indiana (as quoted in the Wall Street Journal), property crime rates are highest during July and August, so if you’re preparing for that big U.S. road trip, there are a few things you need to know.
Why Does Crime Increase During the Summer?
Research shows that the average burglar is male and under the age of 25. In fact, the peak age for property crime arrest is 16. Why is this relevant? Because 16-year-olds are out of school during the summer, and that may account in part for the spike property-related crimes during July and August. Additionally, summer is the most popular season for family vacations, and burglars love to prey on vacant homes. The crime increase isn’t about atmospheric conditions; it’s about opportunity and circumstance.
Installing Quality Home Security
A home without a security system is three times more likely to be burglarized than a secured home, so step 1 is to invest in a quality home security system if you don’t already have one. If you’re planning to travel during the summer, consider also purchasing security cameras with remote streaming capabilities. For instance, the Lorex Vantage Wireless Home Security Camera can record video footage and transmit it directly to your smartphone while you’re away. It can even use motion activation technology to begin recording in the event of a home invasion.
Doubling Up on Burglary Deterrents
A home security system makes an excellent deterrent, but it’s not the only deterrent. If you want to maximize your home security for the summer, it’s important to incorporate a wealth of disincentives into your home security game plan. For instance, if you don’t have a dog, you might invest in a dog bark alarm, which wards off potential intruders with realistic sounding barks. If you can’t afford a surveillance system, you might install a dummy camera on your porch. Burglars can’t distinguish it from the real thing, and the sight of a security camera is like Kryptonite to a would-be thief. Finally, don’t forget your yard signs and decals.
Start a Neighborhood Watch Program
With the summer sizzle slowly inching its way into our consciousness, now is the perfect time to start up a neighborhood watch program. If you’re not sure how to get the ball rolling, check out our in-depth neighborhood watch article, which contains 8 simple steps for assembling the ultimate watch in your town. When you get the entire community involved, you can sleep easier at night and enjoy heightened security at all hours.
Note to Businesses
Do you run a retail business? It’s absolutely essential that you have a quality security system in place. Commercial theft, much like home invasion, increases during the summer, but in the business world, there is a second spike that occurs during the month of December. If you’ve been managing your enterprise for very long, you’re probably not at all surprised by this revelation. But if you step up your security plan today, you’ll be more than ready for summer and the holidays.
Stock Up On Home Security Supplies
Don’t wait for spring to drift into summer. If your home or commercial security system is less than optimal, check out the selection at Home Security Store and get a head start on your summer safety strategy. Home Security Store offers the best deals on the most sophisticated wired and wireless security systems available, and our customer service is second to none. Take control of your security today, and spend your summer focusing on more important things, like your tan.