Most people associate summertime with relaxing, vacations, and beautiful weather. It’s the season to feel less stressed and worry-free. However, it is important to keep in mind the fact the home burglaries increase during the warmer months. Keep in mind the following tips on home safety so you can have a restful, worry-free summer!
Make sure your windows and doors are shut and locked – especially when you’re not home
Most home break-ins occur through a window or a door. With the warmer temperatures, it can be easy to leave a window cracked for a breeze or forget to lock a back door. Be diligent about keeping these entryways closed and locked so you don’t give burglars easy access to your home and possessions.
It’s impossible to know of each person that is checking out what you post on social media. Try to avoid posting about being away from home on platforms where anyone can see. It’s also important to check for geotagging that might be giving your location away when you post, comment, etc.
Check your yard for things that may assist burglars
Trees and bushes with lots of shade may be beautiful, but they’re also a perfect hiding spot for anyone trying to get into your house. It’s a good idea to have most of your yard visible to neighbours or those passing by who can report suspicious activity. Similarly, check for trees that lead up to windows on a second floor. If there are any, it’s very important to use the same precautions you’d use on the first floor with your second floor.
Consider getting home security devices
Any measures you take to protect your home with these types of devices will absolutely help you gain peace of mind. Motion sensors, alarmed entrances, and security cameras are proven to deter burglars. In fact, a majority of burglars admit they will not pursue a home if there is evidence of home security. Even taking simple steps, such as putting out a yard sign showing you have this technology installed, will discourage those with bad intentions. Check out some more home security tips such as these on SimpliSafe’s Twitter.
Take extra precautions before leaving for a trip
Being away for an extended amount of time can leave your house more vulnerable than usual. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to improve home safety during these times. It’s quite helpful to have a trusted neighbour or friend keep an eye on your house while you’re away. They can keep your lawn trimmed and watch out for suspicious activity while you enjoy your travels. A couple more tips include putting your mail on hold and setting timed lights so it appears as if someone is home. Take a look at this infographic for more tricks to protect your home.