According to University of Iowa professor Craig Anderson, who authored a paper on heat and violence, “the scientific evidence shows that uncomfortably hot temperatures increase irritability, which in turn increases aggressive behavior, including violent crime.” He stated that there are 2.6 percent more murders, assaults, and burglaries in the United States during the summer than in the winter.
Summertime is the most common time for people to go on vacation. Empty homes are an easier target than occupied homes. By educating yourself, you can avoid making common mistakes that leave your home at risk while you are away enjoying a vacation.
One common mistake homeowners make is directly and indirectly communicating that they’re going to be gone for a while. The more people you tell about your vacation, the higher the risk is of that information falling into the wrong hands. The purpose of a family vacation is to get away and have fun with family and friends. Advertising your departure could ruin your fun trip.
Many homeowners make it extremely obvious that they’re going to be gone for a period of time. If you plan on using an RV for your trip, try not to park it in front of your house before you leave. We recommend parking it and loading it at a friend or family member’s house that plans to stay home while you are away. If you plan on taking your own vehicle to either the airport or on a road trip, pack your luggage the night before you leave. There are less people out at nighttime, so less people will be aware that you are leaving.
Another helpful tip is to either put your mail on hold, or have someone pick it up daily. When mail starts to pile up in the mailbox, or newspapers gather on the ground, it is obvious that nobody is there to tend the house. You can contact your local post office to set this up.
Social media has become a huge part of everyday life for many Americans. No matter how excited you are for your vacation, it is important that you are aware what you post on your social media sites. Wait to post photos of you and your family’s vacation until you are already safely back home. It is important that your entire family is aware of this rule. It isn’t beneficial to your safety if only one person is cautious.
Light timers are designed to turn on specified lights at random intervals. This gives the appearance that someone is home. Light time are fairly inexpensive and there are many videos online explaining how to install them.
Lastly, make sure you have strong locks on your doors. The most common source of entry for a criminal is either through a door or a window. Buying and installing The Ultimate Lock will help protect your doors from being forcibly entered. You can also slightly strengthen your windows by adding a security glass film. Many criminals target homes that are easily to enter. The longer it takes to enter a home, the higher the risk of being caught is. So make your home difficult to enter.