Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Watch your real-estate... Burglaries heat up in summer months

Home invasions go up in the summer months, especially on Friday and Saturdays, when people are on vacation.

According to the Globe and Mail:

"In Canada, burglaries peak in the summer months, when people tend to go on vacation or away on the weekends. The number of break-ins increases toward the end of the week, with thieves 28-per-cent more likely to strike on a Friday than on a Sunday.

Aviva insurance claims data show a 4-per-cent increase in break-ins in June over the monthly average, followed by increases of 9 per cent and 20 per cent in July and August, respectively.

The average dollar value of the articles stolen from burglaries has increased 24 per cent to $5,560 in 2009 from $4,476 in 2002."

BuzzBuzzHome believes in the following safety precautions:

1. Don't tweet about your vacation, or cottaging adventures.
2. Don't post to Facebook your vacation / weekend pictures until you are home.
3. Don't blog about your trips, until you are safely home.

The Globe and Mail states these safety precautions:

1. Ensure all windows are locked.
2. Make your home look occupied when you’re away.
3. Install a security device with a loud alarm or flashing lights.
4. Use deadbolt locks on all doors, and when moving into a new property, have the locks changed.
5. Put your jewellery in a safety deposit box.

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