Summertime brings lots of great things: warm weather, vacations, gatherings with family and friends, and much more. Unfortunately, it also brings an increase in crime across the nation. According to the FBI, burglary rates increase almost 10 percent in the summer months, and the worst months of the year for crime rates are July and August.
The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) has partnered with Nextdoor to communicate relevant information to keep neighborhoods safe and reduce crime. Recently, the SDPD sent out summer vacation tips and reminders to more than thirty Nextdoor neighborhoods in their area and we thought they were worth sharing with everyone.
The tips are:
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if you will only be gone for a few minutes. Come home to a hot house, not an empty house!
- When going on trips or just out for the evening, use automatic timers to turn indoor lights on and off to make it appear as if you are home.
- Consider informing your neighbors if you will be away from your house for an extended period of time. Ask them to watch your house and to collect your mail and newspapers.
- If you have house guests, familiarize them with your security precautions and make sure they follow them.
This is just one example of how progressive cities can integrate with Nextdoor to increase awareness to keep residents safe. We are proud to help cities like San Diego connect with their residents in meaningful ways.
Stay safe this summer!
Communications Coordinator, Nextdoor
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