Summertime Security Tips
from Security Products magazine
May 24, 2010
Often there is an increase in residential burglary and theft in the
warm weather months. At times, we leave our windows open for
ventilation when we are not home. In a vast number of summertime
burglaries, the burglar gains entry through an opened or unlocked
door or window. We also see an increase in theft of personal
property, because there is a tendency to leave items, such as
bicycles, unattended at parks. The Seattle Police Department offers
summertime security tips.
these thefts can be prevented just by giving things a second
thought, rather than just "leaving them for a second."
When you are away from home, close and lock your doors and windows.
If you want to leave windows open enough for ventilation, but not
wide enough for someone to gain entry, use a dowel for sliding glass
windows cut to allow the window to open no more than 4”. For double
hung windows, consider sash pins. Some windows have stops installed
on the inside track, which will also prevent the window from being
opened to far.
Don't make it easy for the burglar! Make sure even if you are just
running for a quick trip or working outside that you don't leave
your doors unlocked or visibly opened. When working in the yard in
the back of the home, do not leave the front door open and/or
unlocked. If you have a garage or storage unit that is out of your
line of sight while you are working in the yard, be mindful of what
are you showing in plain view to anyone who may be walking or
tools, lawnmowers, other yard tools, ladders… all tend to be stolen
more in warm weather months. Make sure you lock them up in the
garage, shed, etc.
Heat In Cars
children, nor animals ( or
) SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED in cars, even for a short time.
Remember to NEVER leave pets unattended in a hot vehicle with the
windows rolled up. If you leave a pet in a car, roll the windows
down enough for ventilation and provide a dish of water. Better to
leave the pet at home rather than in a sweltering car.