Staying Safe: Which Summer Crimes You Need to be Aware of in Your Neighborhood

by Ben SanfordJuly 31, 2017

Be Aware of Summertime Crime

It’s summer time in the city. People are out and about; children are playing; birds are chirping; a security alarm is going off. Wait, a security alarm? While that may not fit into your idea of a charming summer soundscape, studies show that crime rises during the warmer months.
A report by the US Department of Justice shows that rates of larceny, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault rates are higher in the summer than any other season of the year.

This summer, be aware of the crime that could be happening in your neighborhood, and take precautions to secure your home and family so that you can truly relax in a safe environment this summer.
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Find Out If You Are At Risk In Your Neighborhood

Niche, a company that compiles statistics and information on cities in the U.S., recently released a list of the safest cities in the U.S. 2017. Coming in first on the list is Naperville, Illinois. A quiet suburb of Chicago, Naperville reports extremely low violent crimes and property crimes within the population.

Also making the list of 25 safest cities in the U.S. were Boulder, Colorado, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Irvine, California The list takes into account robbery, murder, theft, and assault rates as well as reviews from residents.
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This Summer, Take Measures to Secure Your Home

Many experts believe that the rise of crime during the warmer months is due to decreased security in homes and businesses. In the summer time, many people leave their windows open or leave their home vacant for extended periods of vacation time. This leaves the home vulnerable to potential crime.

Installing security cameras is a good way to catch an intruder in their tracks; the very presence of a security camera can diminish the likelihood of a crime being committed on your property. Motion-sensored exterior lighting is also proven to deter criminals and potential thieves. Stowing away expensive equipment like grills and lawnmowers is another simple yet proven way to decrease the risk of a break in.

Staying connected with neighbors and neighboring businesses is another good way to take your home’s security into your own hands. According to the Department of Justice, neighborhood watches can reduce crime in a neighborhood by 16%.
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Stay In The Know About Crimes In Your Neighborhood

Whether you are taking measures to secure the home you own, or are trying to scout out the new neighborhood you are moving to, it is important to stay educated about crime reports for your specific neighborhood. To get an even better idea of how to know if your neighborhood is safe, read up on our 5 Ways To Know If Your Potential New Home’s Neighborhood Is Safe.

While you shouldn’t be living in fear this summer, know that being preventive is the best way to take precaution against crime in your neighborhood. If you are looking to relocate to a safer community, check out our list of the safest states in the US. This summer, stay safe and have fun with friends and family in your neighborhood!


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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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