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June 19, 2017 06:38 AM

How To Protect Your Home During Spike Of Summer Crime

Sioux Falls

As the temperatures get warmer, more crime happens within the City of Sioux Falls.

Just this June, 121 homes have been subject to theft. Authorities have also responded to 23 residential burglaries. 

And looking at the past five years, Sioux Falls Police say there's no signs of it slowing down, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. 

"Summertime things pick up and there's a lot more police calls and a lot more crime that happens," Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said. 

As the temperatures heat up, so does summer crime. Sales Engineer Rob Stanford at Midwest Alarm sees more activity, too.  

"Business does pick up, unfortunately. Because it's just much more active," said Stanford. 

Stanford says more customers are investing in home security systems, and they have more capabilities than they used to. 

"You can have it email, text you, push notifications whenever it sees motion. And that's selectable. You can set up certain times of the day. If you want to know when a package arrives on your front step or if there's activity around your pool in the backyard, it can send you a notification," Stanford said. 

Over the past five years, Sioux Falls Police has seen more cases of residential theft and burglary from May through September each year. But there are ways to protect your home.

"They're real easy crimes to prevent, just by simply locking doors. That's one of the things people tend to overlook frequently," said Clemens. 

Clemens says having an extra set of eyes watching your home is helpful in the case that something does happen. 

"It's nice to have, it's obviously not going to prevent anything, but in the event something happens, it's a great tool for us to try to figure out who is responsible," Clemens said. 

And Stanford says smart phone capabilities are just the beginning for what security systems will become.

"Perhaps drones. Some incorporation with drones, flying a patrol per say, I see a lot of future in that," said Stanford. 

Stanford says the devices range from about $40 to upwards of $5,000 depending on how secure you want your home to be.  

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