Summer Safety Tips: Don’t Become a Victim of Summertime Crime
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and Alert ID are working together to provide important safety tips to make your summer safe and enjoyable.
“Summer is the perfect time for a family break, but criminals don’t take a summer break,” said NCPC’s CEO Ann M. Harkins. “You can avoid becoming a victim to lurking property predators by staying alert and following a few basic prevention measures.”
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Household property crimes exhibited a pattern of seasonal fluctuations from 1993 to 2010. The most common pattern for household property crimes was that victimization occurred at higher rates during the summer than during other seasons. By taking preventative measures to safeguard your home before leaving for vacation, you can relax and have peace of mind while away”. You may want to get a professional to monitor your business or home through a surveillance operation.
If you’ve been a victim of a crime or accused of a crime you didn’t commit, you may want to hire a Private Investigator.
If you have been accused of a crime: The most efficient way to clear your name is to allow a professional, unbiased source gather evidence.
If you have been the victim of a crime: Evidence found by an investigator is reliable and will stand up in court.
Home Safety Tips
- Be aware of what’s happening in the neighborhood.
- Lock your doors, including the garage door. Unlocked doors are open invitations to intruders.
- Ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until your return.
- Put lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.
- Don’t post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait to post photos until after you return from your trip.
- Lock your hotel room and remember not to give out your room number or invite strangers into your hotel room.
- Be friendly but be vigilant. Watch for and report any suspicious behavior.
- Plan your route; stay within well-traveled routes and walk in groups. There’s safety in numbers.
- Keep your belongings secure: Purses should be securely closed, backpacks kept zipped and wallets placed in your front pocket. When dining in restaurants, do not hang your purse or backpack on the back of your chair.
Tips for Parents
- Be proactive. Make a backup plan in case the group gets separated during a family outing and have a scheduled meeting place and time.
- If your child or teen will be alone a significant amount of time, have him/her check in with you if they plan to leave the house and when they arrive back home.
- Monitor Internet and social media activity to establish children and teens are visiting appropriate sites and following guidelines.
Car Safety Tips
- Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you leave your car.
- Put your junk in the trunk! Do not leave valuables in the car. If you must leave prized possessions in your vehicle, keep them out of sight or hidden in the trunk.
- Before you get into your car, check the backseat and around the car. Lock your doors once inside the car.
These prevention tips are simple steps to avoid summertime crime. High Profile Families may want to consult a Body Guard for VIP Protection.
We wish you and yours a safe and fun summer! Gary and the team at Pri Eyes Inc.