As temperatures rise, we can expect crime to follow suit. Believe it or not, the weather has a lot to do with a criminal’s plans. They dislike going out in the snow just as much as you and I, so warm air and sunshine are the signals for them to jump back in.
This time of year brings a sense of fresh starts with the spring cleaning, the purging, and the outdoor exercise. I think it’s time we add some personal safety objectives to this list.
Did you know that a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds? (According to the FBI)
Our top five tips for keeping you, your family, and your home safe this spring:
- TOOLS. Gardening and home exterior maintenance are in full swing- be cautious with tools you leave in your yard. It might be convenient to leave them until tomorrow or even to ‘stash’ them outside, but you are giving criminals the tools they need to break into your home.
- LIGHTING. We’ve touched on this before with advising you to only walk in well-lit areas, avoiding night runs, etc… Porch lights are an automatic deterrent for canvasing criminals. They don’t want to be seen or heard, so whether you’re home or not, keep those exterior porch lights on. Even better are the motion activated lights. It also doesn’t hurt to keep a few lamps or lights on at night when you are home. This great weather should compel us to take stock of the outside of our home and make necessary changes for our safety.
- HIDE-A-KEYS. Why are we even still using those? Here’s the thing, your ‘hiding’ spot is most likely not unique enough to be considered hidden. Criminals know our habits, and you are giving them EASY access to your home. No matter how convenient it is, it would be much better to give your spare to a trusty neighbor or friend.
- BREAKER BOXES. Some homes are still built with the breaker boxes on the exterior. We are urging you to lock those up! It’s a simple fix and could prevent frightening situations like this one.
- WINDOWS & SLIDING GLASS DOORS. We touched on sliding glass doors in this post. The same goes for windows. This time of year beckons us to open up our windows and let the fresh air and sunshine in. Just remember to close and secure them before leaving the house or even particular room. This is also a good time to bring up this little tip: After a service worker leaves your home, check all window & door locks throughout the house. If his motives were criminal in nature, he could have easily unlatched a lock for later entry.
Please share these with your friends & family. Together we can raise awareness and build safer homes & communities.
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