Warmer temperatures has a way of bringing out the good and bad in some people. Volunteerism is at it’s peak during the Summer…charitable donations rise….families spend more time together.
Crimes also increase with the heat, juvenile crimes especially.
Kids are no longer in school and are sometimes left at home unsupervised. Combine that with no structure, and no activities to keep them busy. The end result is that they come up with their own adventures with no one there to guide them. This is not always the case, but it happens more often than not.
Adult criminals are not any better. Being unemployed and having an appetite for things you can’t afford are what most burglars, thieves and robbers have in common. Very few do it for the thrill only.
Violent offenders are angry people who lack self control. They tend to be self-centered and easily aggravated. The hot, blazing sun does nothing to help their demeanor but only adds fuel to the fire…no pun intended.
What are some ways you can be safe from crime this Summer?
While there are never any guarantees in life…there are ways that you can protect yourself from someone who may want to harm you.
1. Be in sync with the surrounding environment. No, this isn’t some New Age stuff I’m referring to. I’m not telling you to hug a tree or talk to a flower. What I am saying is, be aware of the vibes…if something’s not right, you’ll know it. But not if you’re completely oblivious to your surroundings. A very important rule of thumb when it comes to survival is.. pay attention!
2. If trouble finds you…leave. If someone wants to argue with you, don’t argue back, just leave. If a fight breaks out at the backyard bar-b-que, just leave. Never stick around to see if the situation will escalate.
3. Know at least two different ways to exit. Whenever I walk into a building like a hotel or a restaurant, I immediately look for where the exits are located. You never know when you’ll need to get out fast.
4. Watch what you put on social media. While you may be proud of the new diamond ring your fiance bought you…someone else may take an interest in making sure it becomes theirs. The more you brag about your material possessions on Facebook, the more likely you will become a victim of a break-in. If you want to post about bling…post this:
Oh, and keep the details of your upcoming vacation off of your status as well…. at least until after you’re back. Burglars and thieves love knowing they don’t have to rush in and out of a home. They can get more stuff if they take their time. Maybe even come back over several days until they’ve gotten everything of value.
5. Clean out your garage. I have never been able to understand why people chose to store their junk in the garage but leave their expensive cars in the driveway or on the street. Your car is at risk for vandalism or theft. A car alarm can’t stop a brick from going through the windshield.
Make the most of your Summer this year and have lots of fun doing so. Just remember to be vigilant and stay safe!
What are some safety tips you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment at the top of the page.