Summer is the most popular time of year to go on vacation, and unfortunately, burglars know that. It’s important for your home to be safe and secure, whether you are relaxing in the backyard or away on vacation. If you want to keep your home safe and protect it from intruders, there are a few necessary steps to take.
1.Install a Home Security System
Purchase a home security system for the peace of mind it will give you knowing that your property is under surveillance 24 hours each day. Security systems include sensors that are installed on every window and door that leads into the home and will notify you if an intruder attempts to break in during the day or night. Modern security systems also include cameras with night vision that turn on when motion is detected. Doorbells with cameras can also allow you to see who is at the front door before you decide to open it.
2. Make the Home Look Occupied
Many burglars target homes that look unoccupied during the summer season when families are on vacation, making it necessary to have the home look occupied to keep your home safe. Make it a point to leave a car parked in the driveway and contact the post office to have your mail held until you return. You can also hire a landscaping company to periodically mow your lawn and keep your yard maintained if it is a long trip. Using timers on your lights will also throw anyone off who has their eyes on your home.
3. Avoid Advertising Your Trips Online
You would be surprised how many people can find your posts and photos on social media. Use caution when posting photos and videos that make it obvious that you are away and your home is unoccupied. Wait until you return home to share posts about your trip on social media, or change your privacy settings so that only people you trust can see your posts.
4. Use Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are useful for protecting your home and can be installed in areas close to doors and windows that intruders may try to access. The lights will turn on once motion is detected, which startles and usually prevents intruders from breaking into the house.
5. Lock Your Doors and Windows
Many people make the mistake of leaving their doors or windows open during the night to get some fresh air in the summer season. Unfortunately, leaving the doors and windows open can make it easy for intruders to enter the house. Instead, opt for relying on the HVAC system to keep your interior setting cool and make sure everything is locked to keep your home safe. You can also install a steel screen door to keep your home secure, which will allow you to keep your front door open during the day.
Keep your Home Safe and Enjoy your Summer
When you want to protect your personal belongings and keep your family safe, it’s important that the right steps are taken to keep your home safe during the summer season. By knowing how to make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break into, you’ll reduce the risk of loss.
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