Avoid “Burglary Season”
Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means—barbeque season, shorts and sandals, and more burglaries. The Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project, Tracy Siska, recaps what statistics have shown for years. The higher the temperatures, the more crimes that occur, including break-ins, vandalism, burglary and theft. “Across the boards most crimes increase,” he says.
Most burglars are opportunists who simply walk by a commercial space or home and see an irresistible treasure trove. Generally, burglars haven’t been scouting out your property for weeks, watching your every move and planning the perfect crime. Whether you have a security door or rolling grill at your commercial space, or a garage door at home, these large exterior doors can provide easy access to criminals if they’re not high quality, maintained and (of course) closed and locked. You need the best commercial garage doors for security and solid home garage doors for protection.
How to Avoid a Break-In
Whether at work or at home, the summer months can lead to a more lackadaisical attitude. Maybe you leave the side folding doors open so your workers enjoy fresh air if they need quick access to storage. Perhaps you leave your home garage doors up as you tag garage sale items for next weekend. Most burglars simply walk into a home—they don’t need to be experts at jimmying open windows.
You may not realize it, but if you’re driving through a neighborhood and there’s just one home with the garage door up, you’re naturally going to take a closer look. It’s different, it stands out and it actually looks pretty naked and vulnerable compared to the other homes which suddenly seem like fortresses. It’s human nature to be curious and snoop, and you want to see what this homeowner has in there, whether it’s an old collector car or a pair of jet skis. Burglars are doing the same thing.
One of the biggest excuses for leaving garage doors open is to avoid a “heat trap.” However, with proper insulation and cooling (especially in commercial spaces), that shouldn’t be an issue in the first place. Another reason is that there’s a project going on in the garage, and people don’t want to keep opening and closing the doors—but those projects can go on indefinitely. Leaving a garage door open is like leaving your front door open, which is something you’d probably never risk.
Before the peak of summer hits, take the time to make sure your garage doors, counter and security doors are maintained and don’t need any repairs. It also might be time to replace them. Have you noticed garage items melting, or is it like walking into a steam room every time a dock worker starts her shift? If that’s the case, something needs to be done. Leave the summer heat outside, and don’t tempt burglars who are always on the lookout for an easy target.
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