If there is one drawback to summer, it’s that homes are at higher risk of being burglarized than any other time of year. Many want to enjoy the fresh air and become lax about home security leaving doors and windows open. People also like to be out of the house more, which leaves extra opportunities for a burglar to strike.
The latest data shows that 2 million homes are broken into each year in the U.S. And, as reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, on average, burglary rates tend to be the highest in the summer, with about 9% lower rates in spring, 6% lower in fall, and 11% lower in winter.
The best way to safeguard you and your family is to try to deter burglars from targeting your home and gaining easy access. Here are a few simple tips you can use to help maintain home security:
Double-Check That Windows and Doors Are Locked
In the summer, when windows and doors are used more frequently, have a checklist that you go through every night before bed and before you leave the house to make sure everything is locked and secure. You don’t want the reason why you got burglarized to be because you accidentally left a living room window unlatched.
Mind Your Blinds
Most people love to open the blinds and curtains and gaze outside at all of the beauty summer has to offer. It’s also a great way to let in a little sunshine and fresh air, but having your windows open more frequently and for more extended periods can be bad if you want to keep your home from being burglarized. It’s best to close the blinds and curtains long before it gets dark. Many homeowners keep their windows open a little too long at night, and unfortunately, this makes it possible for a burglar to peek in and see what you have that would be worth stealing.
Use the Nextdoor App
One of the best ways you can keep your home secure is to know your neighbors and know what’s going on in your neighborhood. The NextDoor app can help! It is a great way to stay informed and share crime and safety updates and information. If a recent string of break-ins occurred near your home, it would be good to know. Most often, these types of updates are posted and shared by your neighbors on NextDoor.
Install a Home Security System
All of the above tips will help, but the best way to guard against intruders is to install an electronic security system that includes door and window sensors, motion sensors, and 24/7 monitoring service to alert authorities.
Some state-of-the-art security systems include smart security and automation features such as:
- Keep an eye on things with high-definition indoor and outdoor cameras.
- Using Video Analytic technology, see if a person, animal, or car is approaching your property.
- Smart locks notify you of who’s entering and leaving your home.
- Sync smart devices within your smart home security system and control using voice-controlled assistants.
Modern systems even allow you to control lights remotely and check the premises while you’re away. Home security systems provide real peace of mind and offer many features to meet your specific needs.
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