SUMMER CRIME PREVENTION
Theft is a crime of opportunity. During the summer months would-be thieves are on the look-out
for items which can be easily taken in a matter of seconds. Unlocked doors, open windows, and open
garage doors all provide a temptation to steal valuables such as bikes, packages, cell phones,
purses, etc. left in plain view. Blooming trees and overgrown shrubs can provide would-be
burglars with places to hide even in broad daylight.
Here are a few tips to make your summer a safe one:
Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk to dawn detector lights, on your home’s exterior.
Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places.
Your address should be clearly visible from the street for emergency and identification
Close and lock your garage door when you are not nearby. Place valuables stored in the
garage in a locking device not visible from the street when the garage door is open.
Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a
If you sleep on the second floor of your home, keep all first floor
doors and windows closed and locked.
Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you
walk, jog, or bike.
Stop all deliveries of mail and newspapers when on vacation.
Don’t discuss your vacation plans when you are out at the grocery store, gym, etc. as you never know who might be listening.
Use timers to light your home inside and outside.
Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up flyers or other publications that might be left while you are
Don’t make it easy for a burglar to make you a victim.