Crime Rises in the Summertime. Here are Some Easy Tips to Stay Safe!Written on August 7, 2015
In Georgia, the summer months bring lots of activities to choose from. Summer is a great time for heading to the lake, spending the day at a local amusement park or just lounging by the pool. Fun isn’t the only thing that happens during the summer. Local police departments usually see an increase in crimes and arrests during the summer.
It makes sense when you think about it. When it’s cold, people are less likely to be outside which greatly decreases the chances of getting into trouble. The warmer months means that people are outside and attending activities where there tends to be crowds of people. A large gathering of people and temperatures in the nineties can cause patience to run thin which could lead to a confrontation. If alcohol is involved, the situation is even more combustible. Offenses like simple battery and disorderly conduct are all too common when tempers flare.
The attorneys at The Silverbach Group want to remind you that “cooler heads” should always prevail. It’s much better to walk away from a situation and calm down instead of letting your anger get the better of you. Confrontations often escalate which could mean a trip to jail.
Families aren’t the only ones who like to be outside in the nicer weather. The criminals do, too. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Cobb County saw a crime increase in 2014 during the warmer months. In July and August, according to the GBI’s crime stats, there were a greater number of assaults, burglaries and larcenies than occurred during the colder months. You should be vigilant year round, but should absolutely pay extra attention to your safety and surroundings during the summer.
Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe this summer:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Only park in well lit areas and plan your route ahead of time to avoid getting lost.
- Tell Your Neighbors. If you are going to be out of town, let your neighbors know so they can watch for any suspicious activity around your house.
- Don’t Alert the Media. Don’t post that you are “headed out of town” on any social media sites. Wait until you get back to share those pictures! Don’t alert random people to the time and days that you will be gone and away from home.
- Be alert of people who are walking behind you, and walking closely to you or your family. This is especially important in parking garages and on sidewalks. If you see someone acting suspicious before they get close to you, you will have a much better opportunity to seek help or defend yourself.
- Help keep your neighborhood safe by paying attention to strange cars or suspicious characters that you haven’t seen before.
- Watch for children. Kids can get excited and want to run around when they are headed out for summer fun. They can possibly get in the road or too close to traffic, putting themselves at risk. It’s also important to be aware of other people’s children, too. With children being under the line of sight (due to height), make sure you are aware when backing up the car and parking along the sidewalk.