Crime estimated to increase as temperatures rise: How to protect your assets

Published: Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:57 p.m. MDT

Image provided by Salt Lake City Police Department

As the temperatures continue to rise, more people are going outside and out of town for activities and vacations, leaving homes and cars unattended — often for days.

The change in weather is also the perfect opportunity to execute more crimes.

Between January and June 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported property crimes varied across the nation. Burglary decreased 3.6 percent in 2012 when compared with 2011 data. Motor vehicle theft increased 1.3 percent, and larceny-theft offenses remained virtually unchanged.

In the first week of July this year, brazen robbers stole from Riverton woman's garage while she was outside and four air conditioning units stolen from church in West Jordan.

Here are a few quick and inexpensive tips to keep your family and belongings safe:

Related: Infographic: How long it takes to get robbed

>>Photo: April 2013 heat map of stolen vehicles and where they happened near Salt Lake City.<<

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Sandy, UT

All my years working in and around the criminal justice system taught me that many of us are pretty naive when it comes to crime. Many criminals have found that for them, crime seems to be a very low-risk, high-profit-potential vocation. To a normal person, prison would be a horrific experience, primarily because of the company we'd be keeping there. But to many criminals, the chance of apprehension and conviction is perceived to not be that great, and if it does happen, then it's back with their buddies in crime school at the point of the mountain--with free food, free medical, free dental, free legal, no work, and not having to make any decisions.

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