Summer heats up, crime does too www.privateofficer.com
Weather heats up, crime does too http://www.privateofficer.com
The weather is heating up and so is crime. Most are crimes of opportunity like burglaries, smash and grabs, shopliftings, purse snatchings, auto thefts and burglaries and assaults.
The warmer weather and a sluggish economy could be putting more homeowners at risk for a burglary and there is one way burglars are entering homes that you might not suspect. Through the garage using garage door openers stolen from the owner’s vehicle.
“People forget that thieves look for easy ways to get into people’s homes,” said Officer Jose Montoya, Metro Police. He encourages homeowners to take a quick look around their home and they to spot vulnerabilities and then fix them.
One easy fix to that is putting longer screws in the front door frame.
“They are going to have a heck of a time kicking that in but if it’s just a 3/4 inch piece of pine frame with a 1/2 inch screw anyone can put a size 10 shoe up against thing or shoulder the door, it will bust the frame right out,” said Joe Esposito, Liberty Lock and Key.
Another tip is putting out a “beware of dog” sign to scare away thieves.
“What you basically want to do is give your house the look of being more burglar proof than your neighbor’s house,” Esposito said.
The more difficult you make it for the thief, he is just going to go somewhere else,” said Montoya.
As with any time of the year, police encourage drivers to always store packages, purses and items such as GPS, Satellite radios, laptops and other items either in the trunk or take them out when the vehicle is going to be parked for an extended period of time.
Security expert Mike Matthews says that besides the auto break-ins, shoplifting stays steady during the summer but with the economy being what it is, Matthews says that the thefts are on the rise and organized shoplifting is steadily rising as the internet continues to fuel easy sale of stolen goods.
Police and security officers have already been busy but Matthews said that he expects it’ll become even busier as the summer continues to heat up. Officers need to stay on their toes as do the citizens Matthews said.
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