Yes, Crime Does Get Worse in the Summer

It’s not an urban legend. Crime does get worse in summer. As we start out the summer of 2020, an already turbulent year, it may be discouraging to think about the possibility of it getting worse before it gets better.

So, why does crime seem to spike in summer? It’s daylight longer, meaning that people can be out in the streets for longer, although curfews are stopping that in some of the cities worst affected by protest.

The good weather means that people are out of their houses, often for the weekend, or on vacation, leaving their house prey to thieves. People also leave their windows open, the screens on flimsy locks that can be easily broken or cut through.

There are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Make sure that you get to know your neighbors so they can keep an eye on your house while you are away. Shut and lock the windows in any room you aren’t using. Add some security measures to your windows and doors, such as alarm tapes and triggers, and make sure that you bring everything inside, even if you are only planning to be away for a few minutes.