Summer is traditionally a time to slow down, relax, and travel. We all seem to let our guard down and forget basic security precautions at this time of year. However, crime doesn’t stop just because you are on vacation!
While you plan road trips and vacations, burglars are also making their plans. Approximately 2 million homes are broken into each year in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the summer is the peak time for burglaries. Spring, fall, and winter rates are 9%, 6%, and 11% lower, respectively.
Achieving summer safety tips for your home, property, and possessions is not always easy. Take a look at the checklist below. Does it look similar to the one you follow?
- Make it look like someone is always at home.
- Put your lights on timers so that they come on/go off at different times in different rooms.
- Create the sound of someone at home by turning your radio, television, or sound system on and off.
- Make sure that doors and windows are secured.
- Remove your spare keys from outside hiding places.
- Keep your whereabouts or departure from social media a secret.
Although the list is helpful, all of this can be a burden when you’re on the go. The good news is that there is a great alternative that can change your life for the better!
Grab Advantage of a Smart Home Security System
Equipping your home with a smart home technology system frees you of the daunting list, matches the requirements of the modern world, and allows you to do things like:
Monitor your home when you are away with wireless video cameras. You’ll be able to see all activity outside and in your home and receive alerts from your security app when incidents occur. Traditional wired home security systems are vulnerable when your power, phone, or Internet service goes out. Suppose the power goes out during a summer storm. In that case, your wireless security cameras will still work because they use a cellular connection and battery backup. An alarm will always sound when an emergency is detected.
Manage your lighting remotely, turning the lights on and off as you need them. Via an app on your smartphone, you can remotely control your home’s lights from anywhere. Smart lighting gives the impression that you are home by allowing you to schedule your interior lights to turn on at specific times. Having the turn on and off to a schedule you choose provides great control and comfort. Smart lights can be activated by motion detection as well. Having this feature is extremely important in outdoor lighting and can prevent someone from sneaking into your home.
Smart locks allow you to lock your doors while on the go too. It gives homeowners peace of mind to know they don’t have to worry if they forgot to lock the doors after pulling out of the driveway. A smart app on your phone gives you total control. You can even generate a user code to provide a trusted neighbor or pet sitter temporary access to your house.
With your security app, you can set “scenes” so that when you unlock your door when you arrive, your security system disarms, and your lights turn on automatically.
At Johns Brothers Security, we are your local experts covering Southeast Virginia, OBX, and Richmond areas. We can help you see how the new smart security technology offers many benefits and possibilities to make your busy life more manageable. Home security has evolved a lot in recent years. Smart home security systems are more secure, helpful, and convenient than traditional systems. They have fewer confusing panels and a more comprehensive range of capabilities. Let us help you declutter your summer security checklist. Contact us today at 1-800-242-9760 to find out how we can help you create a smart security system that fits your needs perfectly!