HOTTER weather often brings many of us out of our homes and out with friends – but experts have warned that increased heat could mean an increase in crime.
While Brits should be enjoying their time in the sun, everyone should be aware of the risks they shouldn’t be taking.
Leading criminologist Prof David said people should remember to lock their doors when leaving the house – and not to drink too much alcohol.
You also need to make sure you don’t isolate yourself from the crowd and keep an eye on your phone, wallet and keys.
The Emeritus Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University said: ‘The bottom line is that the number of crimes in communities tends to fluctuate and is affected by a number of different factors including the weather.
“If it’s cold or humid people tend to stay indoors, but if it’s hot and sunny people will want to go out more and socialize more. »
He added: “When you leave the house, you will meet people you wouldn’t normally meet, and the risk of meeting someone who is out to hurt or rob you is higher. »
Professor Wilson said Britons should make sure their homes are “locked up properly” to ensure burglars don’t try to break in while they soak up the rays.
He said: “If you are going to go out, you have to be very careful about the types of security measures you take in relation to your home.
“You want to make sure your house is a locked property, etc.
“Even if you are in the garden enjoying the sun, be careful that the door is locked or someone can enter.
“There are a number of common sense things you can do to make yourself and your home less likely to be a target.
“If you’re not at home because you’re outside, that also gives burglars more opportunities. »
He also warned that the number of fights is likely to increase in hot weather because people find themselves more “dizzy”.
Last year, more than 200 sunbathers broke out in a fight on the beach in front of horrified families during a heatwave.
Police rushed to the seafront beauty spot at Orcombe Point, Devon, after a police officer spotted the large group of people fighting.
The senior criminologist added: ‘During hot weather there is a greater chance of having more interpersonal violence so fights will happen more than you would normally expect.
“There are of course a lot more people outside, you’re going to come into contact with people outside of your friend groups, and a lot of strangers.
“Some of these strangers will want to harm you.
“So what you can do is don’t get drunk, drink in moderation, and be aware of your surroundings.
“You shouldn’t be isolated by yourself, or be so drunk that you’re not aware of your surroundings.
“Make sure you are aware of your valuables and try not to drink too much and isolate yourself.
“You don’t know who will be watching you and what you are doing, so try not to be drunk and alone and hold your phone. These are common sense things. »
TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING SAFE IN HOT WEATHER
- Tell the neighbors when you’re going out
- Make sure the doors are locked
- Try not to isolate yourself
- Make sure the windows are locked
- Drink in moderation and stay hydrated
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