With Memorial Day weekend winding down, the summer has unofficially begun. With the warmer weather upon us this means holiday plans, more time spent outside and generally a more relaxed attitude toward life.
Unfortunately the warmer summer months and longer days often also means an increase in burglary and theft. According to the FBI statistics, the crime rate goes up between 6 and 16 % during the summer months of June, July and August with a particular increase in burglaries and break-ins.
Although residential burglaries increase significantly during this period, as homeowners go on vacation leaving largely unprotected homes and behind them, they are not the only victims of criminal behaviour during the summer months.
Commercial businesses are also at risk of intrusions and break-ins at this time of year. With the warmer weather businesses may open windows and doors for fresh air. People often tend to overlook common sense precautions, such as locking doors and securing windows as they leave the premises, more often during the summer months than in any other season. Leaving access points vulnerable offers would-be criminals the perfect opportunity to enter the premises. It is important to remind your staff to be particularly careful about security as burglarized buildings often have unlocked or open windows or doors.
With many staff away from the business thefts may also go unnoticed for a longer period of time than would at others times of the year. With some areas of the premises left empty for certain periods there is greater risk, exposure, and opportunity for theft.
If your business operates in an industry which is predominantly outdoors, this substantially increases the threat of theft during the summer months. Theft levels closely correspond with peak periods in industries such as construction or agriculture. The months with the highest volume of theft are the ones that have increased equipment activity due to the warmer weather, longer days, or end of a crop growth cycle. As equipment owners move equipment and items between job sites or fields, there is greater risk of robbery.
If you are a small business owner and planning a vacation it is important to securely protect your business premises if there will be no activity at the site while you are gone. Studies have shown that criminals generally prefer to avoid businesses with security systems installed. It may be worth taking a proactive approach to securing your business and thinking about installing a commercial security system.
Summer is a great time of year; but remember you will not be the only one planning to make the most of the good weather and longer days. While you are planning to go on vacation and take time off work, burglars are planning their activities – stealing valuables from vulnerable places of business. This summer while you are enjoying the sunshine it is important to ensure your business is securely protected to ensure that your business is not a victim of these seasonal crimes.