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“Security isn’t always convenient. This is especially true when it comes to summer crime prevention and the opportunistic theft that we see each year,” says Meg Juarez, Crime Prevention Coordinator. With awareness and preparation, residents can curb the trends that are prevalent during the warmer months including increases in bicycle thefts and theft from yards. It will require them to lock up and put things away, but their actions are an effective crime prevention strategy during this time of year.
Although crimes of opportunity consistently occur throughout the year, we do see trends emerge during summer months. A crime-of-opportunity theft happens when an offender passes by a property, sees something that can be stolen with little risk of being observed or arrested and takes advantage of that opportunity. Each summer, we hear about tools, bicycles, strollers, art, outdoor furniture, alcohol and other items being stolen from front or side yards, porches, accessible balconies and open garages.Incidents typically occur when property is left unattended while a resident gardens in the backyard or takes a break inside of the home.
Summer is also a time of year when doors, windows and gates are left unsecured and become easy access for burglars. Some examples of what we hear about:
The best ways to prevent crimes of opportunity and secure entry points during the hot summer months:
When it’s warm outside, bicycle theft ramps up as more people ride to work and other activities. A 2015 survey of over 500 bicycles parked in Portland conducted by Project 529, a bike registration and recovery service, revealed that owners were not locking their bicycles properly and many were using worn down U-Locks. Best practices include:
If you are a victim of theft, please report it to the police by contacting 503-823-3333. Many thefts can be reported online at wwww.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor.
Crime prevention isn’t always convenient, but it’s worth the extra effort. When you are aware of the trends that occur throughout the year, you can employ the most effective strategies to reduce risk.
This article was first published in El Hispanic News: