Every summer, like sharks in the water, criminals enter otherwise safe neighborhoods. The trend has been commented on by criminologists, politicians, and law enforcement professionals but no one knows exactly why crime increases substantially in the summer.

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One of the more famous theories comes from social scientists has to do with summer heat. According to more than a few sources, the increase in temperature during the summer has weird effects on people’s behavior. In fact, the correlation is so strong that some academics warn that climate change could lead to an increase in crime. Though crime is an everyday fact of life, you can defend your home and family this summer by following a few simple steps.

What is the Summer Crime Wave?

In the simplest terms, it’s the annual trend of increased criminal activity during the summer months. Violent crimes, like assault and rape, increase more quickly than others during summer but experts warn that people should be more vigilant in general.

As to why this occurs every year, well, your guess is as good as the experts. Some theories point to increased availability of targets due to vacations. Increased alcohol intake is also often cited as a reason for the crime increase.

Tips for Fighting the Summer Crime Wave

Many of the tips for fighting crime in the summer are the same as the rest of the year. However, there are a few areas of focus that can help keep criminals away from your front door.

    • Security Landscaping

Your home can make it more difficult for burglars to attack with a few simply changes to your yard and garden. For example, use large shrubbery or bushes to limit visibility inside your home. You might also want to eliminate dark spots in your yard by placing motion activated lights that make them visible at night.

    • Vacation Security

Going on vacation can be the stress release you and your family need, but without proper planning your dream getaway can quickly turn into a nightmare. Before going away for an extended period, cancel any regular deliveries and make sure NOT to announce your vacation on social media. Believe it or not, burglars scan social media sites for empty homes!

    • The Neighbor Network

Your community will always be the best deterent for crime. Get to know your neighbors and learn what suspicious activity looks like. It’s generally pretty simple to spot an unknown car circling a community.

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