Warm Weather Is Here! Home Security Tips With Summer Activities in Mind
Statistics show that when the temperature starts rising, so does the crime rate. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, burglary rates were highest in the summer season. People are more active in warmer weather. They tend to vacation or stay out later socializing in the summer months, leaving their homes more vulnerable to break-ins. Regardless of the reasons, keep burglars at bay with these smart home security tips.
Keep Your Garage Door Shut When Working in the Yard
Most people store valuable items in their garage like bikes, tools, and lawnmowers. Don’t think twice about leaving the garage door up when you are working outside. Leaving the garage open poses a risk for savvy thieves that see the open door and nobody close by to stop them. For example, taking a bathroom break could give a burglar the chance they are waiting for, so always leave your garage door shut when working outside!
Hire a House or Pet Sitter
Burglars target empty homes with no activity for lengthy periods of time. By having someone you trust on your property, you’ll reduce your risk of robbery.
Teach Your Kids About the Importance of Home Security
During the summertime, your kids will be home a lot more, so they will also need to be well informed about home security. Show them how to check the windows and doors to make sure they are locked properly. If you have a security system, show them how it works and what to do if it sounds an alert. Also, remind them how important it is not to answer the door for strangers or unexpected guests when they are home alone. And, if you are planning on taking a vacation, it is a good idea to remind them not to share the dates you will be away with anyone.
Don’t Leave Ladders Lying Around
The summer months are a great time to repaint the house or clean out the gutters after a long winter so you may be using a ladder during this time. However, ladders are a big risk for homeowners when left outside or propped up against the house. So always make sure to bring your ladders back into the garage or shed when you are not using them.
Consider Getting a Home Security System
Homes without security systems are about three times more likely to be broken into than homes with a security system. One of the best ways to discourage a potential burglary is to have a home security system installed. The presence of a home security system will discourage burglars from breaking into your home. And by keeping at least one security camera visual, burglars see that they are at risk of being recorded. Even if a break-in is attempted at your home, the sound of your security system will more than likely scare away the culprit before they have an opportunity to find and take any valuables.