Jason Gibbs | Safety tips in sizzling summer

Temperatures are rising, and it’s another warm summer here in Santa Clarita, which means soaking up the sun at one of our many parks or aquatic center, some grilling outdoors with friends and picking up a game (or three) watching the boys in blue. In Chavez Raven.

Unfortunately, as temperatures rise, so does the number of burglaries, which jump on average by about 10% between June and August. It’s important to stay vigil, even when things slow down and take some time to enjoy the summer months. Here are some simple things we can all do to help protect our property.

Take a few minutes to walk around your property and back up any weaknesses you might find. Make sure the sliding glass door closes properly and lights the path from your car to your front door. Leaving windows and garage doors unattended open in an effort to cool things off during the day provides a potential thief, walking or driving, the opportunity to easily steal bikes, lawn mowers, tools and other items in no time at all, or even get into your home! The average thief will only spend about four to five minutes trying to break into the house, and leaving these things open provides direct access in a matter of seconds.

Many of us take advantage of longer summer days by taking day trips, watching a late movie, or just hanging out with good friends, arriving home sooner than usual. If this is the case, consider setting up timers for your indoor lights, which can help deter potential criminals from even thinking about breaking into your home.

Outside, the presence of moving lights and night landscape lighting can deter criminals as well. When you go out, keeping your valuables in a safe or storage box can go a long way to keeping them out of the hands of thieves. And as difficult as it may be, don’t share your awesome vacation plans or photos on social media until after you’re home. Criminals are looking for an easy target, so no need to send an invite. Before setting off at night, it’s a good idea to get used to routine #9PMRoutine. Set the timer in the evening and make sure that windows, doors and vehicles are locked.

Speaking of vehicle safety, did you know that grand theft auto increased nationwide by 11.8% in 2020 compared to 2019 and reached the highest number of thefts since 2008? To help combat this, the city of Santa Clarita partnered with the Santa Clarita Valley Police Station last year to launch “Guard That Auto,” which aims to prevent the number of car-related thefts across the city. With theft numbers still rising, let’s review the campaign and use these top tips to help Guard That Auto:

  • Keep your keys with you and out of your car, and know where they are at all times. Leaving the keys in your car invites fraudsters to steal them.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, paying particular attention to where you park your car. Parking your car near a security camera, under a streetlight, or in other well-lit places are great ways to keep your car safe.
  • Using an anti-theft device, such as the Club, is a simple yet effective way to reduce the chance of vehicle theft.
  • Clean your car and take your valuables with you; Thieves cannot steal what is not there.

To learn more about how to “Guard That Auto,” please visit santa-clarita.com/GTA or follow SCV sheriff’s and the City of Santa Clarita accounts on social media. Here’s a happy and safe summer break.

Mayor Pro Tem Jason Gibbs is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at [email protected].

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