Jun 25, 2019

Summer Security Tips

In a hurry to go for summer holidays, homeowners become a little complacent in securing their homes against burglars who never relent in their quest to improve their skills in theft. The increasing rate of home burglaries during summer is becoming alarming. As a matter of fact, it is on record that about 2 million homes are broken into each year, and unfortunately, it seems the victims care less.

That said, the experts at Smart Locksmith wouldn’t allow our customers and readers to become victims that will be included in this years’ statistics. That is why we’ve developed this article with all the tips and facts that will help you make an informed decision and take proactive action about your home security.

Invest in home security and automation systems

Improved home security can stop burglars on their tracks and probably make them look for other homes with porous security. 

Upgrade your deadbolts and install audible alarms with control systems for your TVs, lights, radios, and other gargets. With automation and an improved home security system, you could get alerts and answer your doorbell with a video chat while holidaying hundreds of miles away. Interestingly, burglars may think someone is right there inside your house, and they will be scared to give it a try.

Keep your windows and doors locked

Unbelievably, about 30% of home break-ins in the US are through an open door or window. That means people forget to lock their doors or windows while leaving home! Kindly double-check that your door and window is locked before leaving for that long anticipated summer holiday.

Turn off your mail service

An overflow of mails pouring from the mailbox is virtually a sign that no one is at home. The pile of mails is an invitation to burglars to attack!

The best option is to turn off your mail service if you are gone for a while.

Keep your pets and find a house sitter

Don’t travel with your pets, especially if you have a dog – they can bark and disrupt the activities of the burglar.

If you have a trusted friend or relative, you can invite them to stay at your place while you’re away. However, don’t forget to tell your neighbor that you have a housekeeper.

Your itinerary should not be posted on social media

Though, it's tempting to post pictures of your activities on social media so your friends and relatives could know you’re having fun. The truth is, you’re making yourself more vulnerable to burglars.

Stop posting status updates on various social media platforms about your vacation. Also tagging your friends in such posts is risky – their friends may see it and probably trace your home. For security purposes, it’s better to post those pictures when you’re back with titles like ‘throwback pictures’, ‘Paris ‘holiday remembrance’ etc.

Keep up with your lawn

It’s good to hire a lawn service to take care of your grass if you’re planning a lengthy holiday. Untidy lawn tips the burglar that no one is around and they will start looking for security vulnerabilities in your home.

Additionally, while leaving for the holidays, you can take a cap and have your vehicle parked on the driveway, so it appears you’re still at home.

Even if you’re not planning to travel, the above tips will help you keep your home and valuables safe. Call Smart Locksmith for your security system update because that is the first thing you need to do to ensure the security of your home is intact during summer.

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