Why Thefts Increase During the Summer

Why Thefts Increase During the Summer

Posted on June 8, 2021 by A-1

The weather isn’t the only thing that changes each season—crime does as well. Summer, in particular, is a time when certain crimes like thefts and burglaries become more prevalent. 

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, “rates of… household crimes tended to be higher in the summer than during other seasons of the year (when the study took place)” and “aggravated assault rates were higher during the summer than during (other seasons.)”

Let’s discuss why this happens and what you can do about it.

Warm Weather = More Crime?

Motor vehicle thefts also are higher in the summer than other seasons (like spring), so theft in general is a summer problem. But why? Let’s take a look at a few contributing factors to the increase in thefts during the summer:

  • Many families take vacations during the summer and are away from their homes
  • Beach-goers often forget to lock their vehicles, or they leave the keys in the car
  • Criminals in popular destinations target tourists and people from out of town
  • Increased temperatures can lead to increased aggression from thieves
  • People tend to let their guard down and relax during the summer

These are just a few reasons, of which there are many and they can be complicated. But the good news is that you can be proactive regardless of the reason for increased thefts.

How To Be Proactive

It’s a good idea to think about security all year long, but there are certain steps you can take to ensure your home is especially protected during these vulnerable few months. Here are some tips for improving the security of your home during the summer:

  • Key duplication: Leave a spare key only with a trusted friend or family member.
  • Security system: Install a surveillance system or video doorbell so you can check in at any time.
  • Maintenance and landscaping: Make sure your home landscaping is maintained so thieves can’t tell you’ve been away.
  • Locks and windows: Ensure all locks and windows in your home are repaired and in good working order
  • Social media: Avoid posting online that you’re on vacation!

If you’re interested in additional security advice or products for the summer, contact us today or stop by any of our Dallas-Fort Worth locations.

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