If asked to imagine the typical burglar, chances are you will imagine a man wearing black clothing breaking into your home in the middle of the night. Decades of horror movies have contributed to this image of a burglar.

Many people are surprised to learn that the Hollywood portrayals of burglars are largely inaccurate. The truth is that the vast majority of burglars break into a home by using the front door. Also, most burglaries don’t take place during the night. Rather, they usually take place on summer days. Here is some more information about when most burglars choose to strike.

Burglars Strike During the Summer

For most families, summer is a care-free and fun time. Adults take vacation days and kids are on summer break. Not only do families relax during the summer, but they also let their guards down significantly. Unfortunately, the consequence of this is that July and August are when most burglaries occur. Now that you know this, there are some steps that you can take to defend your home during the summertime when you’re away.

How to Protect Your Home During the Summer

Many homeowners opt to open a few windows when the weather is hot. Therefore, before you leave your home, you should check all the windows to ensure they are locked. If you have a garden or like to tend to your lawn, chances are you leave your shed unlocked more often than you normally do for convenience. Before you leave your home for weeks or months at a time, you need to make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked. This includes outbuildings like the following:

  • Sheds
  • Garages
  • Barns

If you and your family like to go on vacations, your may house may be completely empty throughout the summer. You should consider installing smart lights in your home to use during the summer. The smart lights will turn on at certain points during the day to make it look as if someone is living in your home.

Burglars Strike During the Day

Believe it or not, most burglaries occur during the day rather than at night. In fact, between 6 AM and 6 PM, 65 percent of all burglaries occur. The reason that most burglars prefer to break in during the day is that they want to lower the risk of encountering someone. Therefore, they break into the home when adults are likely to be at work and children are likely to be at school. 10 AM to 3 PM are the most common hours for burglaries.

Burglars are aided by these misconceptions. For example, burglars may be able to trick your neighbors by dressing as workmen and coming and going from your home in the middle of the day. Therefore, you should take the time to form strong relationships with your neighbors. That way, they will be able to keep a close eye on your house while you’re away. If you talk to your neighbors frequently, they may be suspicious if they seek workmen taking furniture and electronics from your home if you’re not moving.

Sometimes, day-time burglars will pretend to be salesman and knock on the door. Sometimes, burglars do this to see if anyone is in the house. If you allow them to enter your home, they will be able to figure out where the valuables are stored. If you decide to open the door to a salesman, don’t allow them to enter your home.

"A home burglary occurs every 13 seconds" in the United States. As you can see, the most common perception of a burglar is entirely wrong. Knowing the truth about how burglars work will help you keep your home safe and sound from robbers. For more information about burglaries and monitored home security, contact us here at Protect America for a free quote.