3 Dangerous Times of the Year for Burglaries

The 3 more dangerous times of the year for burglaries outlined below will help you in keeping your home a safer haven for you and your family.

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When It Gets Dark Earlier
As the evenings turn darker, it’s burglaries that start to cause the problems again – household thefts rise by 5pc in the week the clocks go back in October and Halloween sees malicious damage rise by 160pc. And as the roads get darker and icier car accidents rise by an average of 30pc in the week British Winter Time begins. Source: Telegraph

When People Travel for the Holidays
The holiday travel season starts before Thanksgiving and doesn’t let up until after the new year. While you naturally want to share your great holiday plans with friends and family, you should avoid sharing this information on social networking sites, such as Facebook. You never know who could find out that your house is going to be unoccupied for a period. Resist posting those travel photos until you’re back home. Source: ProtectYourHome

The Summer Months
Why are the summer months the peak time for burglaries? It probably has to do with many of us going on vacation, worried more about packing a suitcase and slathering on sunscreen than we are about security our homes. According to the FBI, crime rates increase approximately 10% in June, July, and August. The simple reason for the crime rise could be because people let their guards down. In the rush to get ready for vacation, home security is often forgotten. Other reasons for crime rising in the summer could include schools being on break and more teenagers being around or simply that the heat makes people cranky.
John Hipp of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied crime rates and time of year. After looking at several cities across the United States in the 1990s, Hipp found that crime rates increased during the summer months. He concluded that the increase correlated with more people gathering in public when it’s warmer, therefore making them more susceptible to crime.
Another study by John Simister found a correlation between heat and crime. He found that crime increased in cities around the world when the summer months had temperatures warmer than average. Regardless of how hot the city is, crime increased just about everywhere when the temperatures warmed up.
Whatever the reason, the fact is that crime does increase in the summer. While you’re preparing for vacation or just looking to get out of the house to enjoy the nice weather, be sure to take precautions to keep your home safe from potential burglars. Source: SafeWise

Having a home security system can help protect your family from potential break-ins, especially during these times of year.  For more information contact us now!

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