The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) shows an increase in crime rates during the summer months by as much as 16 percent. Summer is when families are involved in outdoor activities and when most vacations are taken. Homes are empty, doors are routinely left unlocked while people are outside enjoying the sun, and criminals are also taking advantage of the good weather.
Multiple things work together toward the measurable increase in crime during the summer months. Common sense indicates that winter keeps most people indoors. Except for participation in winter sports such as skiing or sled riding, most people want to get out of the cold. Summer brings warm days and nights where there is a huge increase in the amount of people spending time outdoors at all hours of the day or night. A person walking through a neighborhood on a frigid winter night would be scrutinized much more carefully than someone out for a stroll on a hot summer night.
Criminals are opportunistic, and they want to operate without being noticed. Summer is the perfect time for them to blend in with all of the other activities going on outside while planning to commit criminal acts; home burglaries are no exception. Also, summer brings out valuables that have been stored over the winter. Many residential homes have outdoor living spaces that are filled with goodies that are attractive to thieves: expensive barbecue grills, lawn furniture, power equipment such as lawn mowers, bicycles and even lawn ornaments are favorite outdoor targets for homes not protected by residential security systems installed by professional alarm companies.
Summer months are when school students are out on summer vacation. There is a statistical increase in crimes committed by juveniles during the summer months when school is not in session. Most of the crimes are shoplifting and property crimes such as vandalism. Kids with no prior criminal records often do not see any real harm in graffiti or destroying private property.
Residential security systems deter both burglaries and property crimes. Modern digital alarm systems can now integrate video surveillance cameras that extend the protection of a home alarm system to the outdoor living spaces. Thieves, by their nature, do not want to be caught on camera committing a crime. This is why video surveillance of both interiors and exteriors of homes is effective as a crime deterrent.
Many homeowners like to let fresh air in on cooler summer evenings through a partially opened window. To a criminal, this is an open invitation. Residential security systems incorporate multiple sensor technologies, such as motion detectors, that sound an alarm if entry is attempted even when a window sensor is bypassed to let in cool air. Dual magnetic switch placement on window sensors also permit windows to be partially opened but still sound the alarm if opened further to attempt entry.
Professional alarm companies can tailor the installation of home security alarms to meet the needs of any family. This protects a family and its home not only during the summer months when crime rates increase but during the rest of the year too. Modern wireless systems provide an early warning of intrusion attempts as well as early detection warnings of smoke or carbon monoxide. Security cameras can be installed that can be viewed by Internet-connected computers or through apps that can be downloaded to the homeowners cell phone or tablet computer. Summer can, and should, be a safe time of fun without worrying about home intrusion, burglary, vandalism and theft.