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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 6, 2016

It’s officially the peak of the summer season, and we’ve all noticed the increase in temperature over the past few weeks. But what you may not have noticed is the increase in crime. Higher temperature is typically linked to higher crime rates, but is it the heat that directly correlates with crime, or are there other factors that contribute to the increase? Being aware of when you’re most vulnerable and how to prevent things like break-ins and muggings will help you enjoy your summer worry-free.

Summer crime statistics

As the temperature rises, so do acts of violent crime. Street violence, muggings, assaults and battery increase across the board in the summer. Experts believe this may be a result of the increase in number of interactions people have with one another during the summer months. Summer activities bring together potential wrongdoers, victims and belongings all to the same place. The heat of the summer also leads to great discomfort and gives rise to aggressive behavior. All of these factors together could be the reason crime rates are so high in the summer.

Burglaries are also 10.5% more common in the summer than during the winter. This may be because during the summer more people are likely to leave their homes for a long period of time for summer vacations, which gives criminals the perfect opportunity to break into your home. Summer also means “summer break,” leaving many young people with nothing to do and more likely to commit crime.

Preventing crime in Phoenix

Whatever it is that may be leading to more crime during the summer, there are several precautions you can take to ensure it doesn’t happen to you. Always lock your doors and windows when you leave your home. Make sure all of your belongings are put away if you’re not outside. If you’re leaving town for a significant amount of time, it may be smart to install an alarm system to keep burglars out and to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. Lastly, whenever you’re in busy public places be aware of any strange activity that could take place.