The Most Frequent Times of Year for Burglaries
Originally posted on 24 April 2018
Nobody ever really considers that burglars are the types of people who stick to schedules and plan ahead. While it’s true that a home break-in can occur at any time without warning, there is some science behind trying to track burglaries throughout the year. In truth, there are some very clear spikes and valleys when it comes to common times for home break-ins. This means that a thief may be more predictable than even they are aware of. Here are a few times of year when it may be helpful to step up your home security protections:
Hazy Days of Summer
In truth, a burglar’s biggest opportunity to target a house comes from when the owners are away. This means that while you may be off at a beach relaxing, you may be leaving your house vulnerable. Studies show that the majority of home invasions occur in the months of July and August. It is important to remember common home safety tips before leaving to go away on a vacation. Have your friends and neighbours check-in on your house from time to time to make it appear as though your home is thoroughly guarded. In addition, summer temperatures may encourage some to keep windows open. Always remember to close and lock these entry points while sleeping or away. These simple tips can make your home exponentially safer.
The news consistently shows reports around the holidays about thieves stealing delivered packages from doorsteps. But oftentimes, thieves don’t stop there. It is proven that thieves can determine high-value homes to target around November and December more than any other time of year. Because people often place their decorations and presents around windows, it can be easy to see into homes and scope out expensive items to steal. This correlates to the spike in home intrusions during these months. These types of intrusions can be combated by keeping presents and high-value items away from vulnerable places like windows and doors.
A Misconception About Time
Another fact which may surprise some is the time of day which most burglaries occur. While the stereotypical vision of a criminal is someone dressed all in black sneaking into your home in the middle of the night, this is often simply not the case. Most home burglaries actually occur during the light of day. While this may seem nonsensical at first, it actually makes a lot of sense to thieves. Many burglars trust that regular working day hours can keep people away from their home for hours at a time. There is no better time to strike when burglars think they have the entire place to themselves.
By keeping these burglaries facts in mind when you are leaving or locking up your home or property, you can easily make sure that everything is secure. Deterring thieves through smart practices is one of the best ways to look after your family and possessions. For peace of mind to protect your home and/or business, installing a professionally monitored alarm system is recommended. Make sure that your system has hardwired cameras instead of Wi-Fi and that there is a remote home intercom system option available, which you can have access to if you are away from your home or on vacation.