Summertime is fast approaching, along with the increase in crime that always happens during this time of year. So, I thought I would give you some tips to help reduce your chances of being a victim of crime, or having any other bad things happen to you and your family.
Number 1 is to have plenty of lighting around your home. Criminals do not like light, they are cowards, they like to sneak around in the dark. Also, if you don’t have security cameras around your home, you might check into buying some. They are pretty inexpensive now and the quality of the recordings have improved ten-fold just in the last few years.
Number 2 is to keep shrubs and bushes trimmed back around your home. As I said before, they are cowards and they use your landscaping to hide while they try and break into your home.
Number 3, and this is probably the easiest thing to do, but it’s the reason most people become victims of crime…. Lock your doors! Cowards (that’s what we will call them) simply walk around a neighborhood pulling on doors and when they find one that is unlocked it is an invitation to them to just go through your personal belongings and steal whatever they want. Why take a risk of breaking into a car when you can simply go to the next one and it will be unlocked? Remember to LOCK, TAKE, & HIDE!
Number 4. Make sure little Timmy and little Sally put their bicycles back in the garage, or in the backyard, when they are finished riding them. It will blow your mind how many grown men will steal a child’s bicycle.
Number 5. Be aware of your surroundings. Especially you ladies that go jogging or walking alone with your headphones on. Always try and walk or jog with a partner if possible. Only walk in a well-lighted, and populated area.
And finally, this is a safety reminder for those with swimming pools. MAKE SURE YOUR POOL IS SURROUNDED BY A CHILD-PROOF FENCE! During my career as a cop I responded to 2 drownings where a child had climbed or fell into a pool. Neither pool had a fence around it. If you have an above-ground pool that requires a ladder to climb into, remove the ladder when nobody is using the pool. Small kids can climb up and fall into the water and you would never know it.
You can find more safety tips for surviving the Texas summer here.
If you have any questions about how not to become a victim of crime, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to address your specific issue.
Now……….Ladies, break out those bikinis!!