Statistics show that crime over the Summer period rapidly increases. The fact that most people take their holidays during these months means that a lot of houses are empty and prime targets for burglars.
However, a big percentage of burglaries in Summer are perpetrated by opportunistic burglars, or sneak-thieves as they are often called. This type of burglar relies on poor security and oversights by home owners. For instance, they often go from street to street testing things like car doors and windows to see if you’ve left anything unlocked. Chances are they will find that someone has forgotten to lock a door or left a window open.
Ways to Combat Opportunistic Thieves
- Always make sure you have locked all doors and windows – check, then double check. Opportunistic burglars rely on your mistakes.
- Owning a car doubles your risk of becoming a crime victim. If you have a garage or front garden use that space to house your car overnight. If you have to leave it out on the kerb make sure it is locked and secured – DO NOT leave any car keys near your front door or windows.
- Back doors/ patio doors/ kitchen doors are often overlooked by homeowners when it comes to security. Although your front door should be your priority when it comes to security make sure you have adequate protection for your back doors also.
- If a burglar does somehow manage to gain access to your property make sure you have a decent alarm system. Not only that but a few strategically placed cameras can also catch the burglar in action if they do breach your domain.
- Windows are a major access point for sneak-thieves. If the door wont open then chances are they will eventually find a window to climb through. Invest in some quality window locks or window restrictors so the burglars will move on to the next property.