As the hot summer weather continues, I’d like to warn you
that homeowners and apartment dwellers need to be aware
that opportunist thieves are out there looking to take
advantage of the warm and sunny weather.

It is important at this time of year to be extra cautious
while trying to keep cool, and ensure that you do not leave
your windows open when rooms are unoccupied. Although this
may help keep your home cooler, it may also serve as an
invitation for a burglar to easily slip into your house.
Make sure you take extra care in the safety and security of
your home.

The chance of falling victim to crimes of opportunity can be
lowered by reducing the opportunities that the criminals
have. Another word of caution goes out to those relying on
window unit air conditioners to keep cool. These air
conditioners, often found in bedrooms, tend to drown out
background noise in other rooms of the house at night. While
this may sound nice, as well as cool, this is an increased
opportunity for someone to slip into your house at night and
take a look around without you hearing the rustling. These
units have also been known to be easily pushed into a house
to gain easy access at street level. Sure it may make a
thud, but if no one is home in the middle of the day, it is
an easy access point.

Burglars don’t like to work too hard getting in, and don’t
want to be heard while on the prowl. Please be cautious on
how you choose to keep cool during the remainder of the

Am I telling you to lock all your doors and windows, remove
your air conditioners and sit inside your house sweltering
from the heat? Of course not, but please take some extra
precautions without leaving your house opened up inviting
the wrong crowd.

Be extremely cautious of what windows you leave opened and
how secure your air conditioners are, especially at ground
level. If you are leaving the house, make sure you lock up.
No excuses, no matter where you live. Nice neighborhoods are
where the burglars come, it is where the nicer stuff is. It
might be time to invest in some sort of room alarms.
Burglars hate loud noises that draw attention.

Even an electronic barking dog may do the trick if you do
not have the real thing. Just make sure you take some
measures before it is too late.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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