Springtime is nearly upon us. All the signs that we have longed for are starting to expose themselves. Many of us warm-weather lovers will rejoice in happiness over longer days, more sunshine, blooming trees, beautiful flowers, and even some showers. Despite losing an hour of sleep, there is nothing like bidding our dear friend winter farewell!
But sadly, even with all this happiness comes a negative, a HUGE negative, and that is an increase in violent crime. Tracy Siska, Executive Director at the Chicago Justice Project, explains that there is a linear relationship between warmer temps and violent crime. Siska says, “violence increases, especially street violence, muggings, assaults, battery […] Across the boards most crimes increase.” He attributes the increase in crime to the spike in social interaction that occurs during the warmer months.
Whether it's a festival, carnival, or just a busy shopping day on Michigan Ave, warmer temps result in more social interaction, which in turn presents more opportunities for violence. The warmth brings out everyone, from victims to bystanders to criminals, and puts them all in one place.
Other research has shown that the correlation could be due to the way the body functions. Irritability is often a direct result of heat. Craig Anderson’s Heat Hypothesis says hot temperatures can increase aggressive motives and behaviors. Thus, the increase in crime can be a result of fueling temperaments leading to more confrontations and more violence.
But whatever the reason is behind the correlation, there are steps you can take protect yourself and your families during the spring and summer months.
1. Enroll your children in fun activities for the spring and summer, so they are being productive during their time away from school This can keep children off the streets and out of trouble their during off time.
2. Join your Neighborhood Watch Program to develop relationships with your neighbors so that you all can look out for one another when away.
3. Keep your mailbox clear as old newspapers and piled up mail in the mailbox can be a sign for burglars that no one is home. Personal mail can also give burglars confidential information.
4. Make sure of all your windows and doors are locked before leaving your home.
5. Develop relationships with the local police or sheriff’s department and contact them before you leave for a vacation to ask if they would be willing to check on your home.
6. ALWAYS roll up all of your windows and lock all of your doors when exiting and leaving your parked vehicle. 7. Purchase your SABRE Home and Away Defense Kit for protecting yourself and your family against burglars and intruders: http://www.sabrered.com/servlet/the-148/SabreRedUSAPepperSprayHomeAwayProtectionKitMaximumStrengthPepperSpray/Detail Can you think of any more spring and summer vacation safety tips? Share them with us!