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

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

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If you plan on hiking or boating for a couple hours, make sure not to leave your gym bag full of potentially expensive clothes and other valuables in the backseat, or your cellphone on top of the center console. The safest place put anything expensive is into the trunk — thieves are less likely to spend the time trying to get into it if they don't know what is inside.

Overall, these steps taken during the summer, and the rest of the year, can greatly increase your changes of keeping your family and belongings safe.

Related: Infographic: How long it takes to get robbed

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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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