Several studies have shown that crime increases in the summer. Why? The answer is complex, but researchers have suggested that some of the reasons include:
- Homeowners / tenants tend to be away from home more during the summer months, whether they are on holiday or enjoying the summer weather outdoors;
- There tends to be more alcohol use and risky behavior during the summer;
- Younger people (who research shows are more likely to commit crimes) are less busy during the summer;
- Research shows that higher temperatures can put people on edge and make them more aggressive.
And this year, the pandemic in particular may increase this, as several major cities are seeing an abnormal increase in violent crime when they emerge from restrictions on COVID-1
If you are a homeowner or tenant, there are some things you can do to protect your family and property against these alarming trends.
Installing a security system: Not everyone can afford an expensive security system, but you may be surprised by some of the affordable options available – many of which you can install on your own. Many of these work with smartphones and / or smart speakers for monitoring around the clock and provide peace of mind while you are away.
Lighting: Motion sensors and outdoor lighting have been shown to be effective in averting potential theft. Keep doorways and walkways well lit to prevent burglary, and consider using indoor lighting timers when spending time away from home.
Upgrade locks: If you live in an older home, there is a good chance that the locks are outdated. Even if your home has decent locks, consider installing smart locks, which can be controlled and monitored remotely.
Creating a support community: Getting to know your neighbors and local business owners is a great way to create a more secure community overall. When you know the people in your neighborhood and have a sense of how they come and go, it is more likely that you will look out for each other and that you will notice something suspicious. It also means that you can call if there is a problem, someone to pick up your email and someone you can help in return.
Planning holidays: Arrange for all mail, packages or deliveries to be picked up on time; Let trusted neighbors know you will be gone, and ask them to keep an eye on your home; consider hiring a caretaker; use a timed lighting system to make it look like the home is being used; and make sure all windows and doors are locked before you go.
For all your home insurance questions, call or contact Keller-Brown Insurance Services today.