Summer is a time of relaxation, filled with fun day trips that take advantage of the longer daylight hours and well-needed vacations. Unfortunately, this also means that homes are frequently empty, often for long stretches, and doors and windows are often left open. This makes them a much bigger target for criminals. Since crime rates often peak during the summer, here are some summer home security tips for new homeowners.
Don’t Advertise Vacations
Do you post on all of your social media platforms when you’re planning a vacation? Do you check in at the airport, and again at your destination, and post pictures through the whole trip? How many people have you just informed that your home is empty? Your best security practice is never to post that you’re heading away on vacation or post from your location. Wait until you’re home and the trip is over to tell your friends all about it. This doesn’t mean that your trip needs to be a total secret. In fact, you should ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check in on your house and take your mail in during your trip. But don’t advertise the trip to the whole world.
In the summer, you can open up a window and let in a cool breeze, especially in the evening after a hot day. Your best security decision is to keep windows closed and locked, but that is not realistic. A good compromise is using window stops. Window stops allow a window to open partway, but limit how far open they will go so that no one can slip through. Many new windows have them built in, but you can also make your own. When the window is closed, drill a small hole no more than 10 inches above the top of the window. Insert a metal rod, peg, or screw so that it stops the window from opening all the way.
While you’re outside enjoying the beautiful summer weather, be alert to what is going on in your neighborhood. Take some time to meet your new neighbors and talk to them, so you know when someone new is around. Unusual people walking around the neighborhood could be potential burglars, or they could be visiting your neighbors. If you never meet your neighbors, you’d have no way of knowing. Teach your kids to tell you right away if they see anything out of the ordinary.
Secure the House When You’re Home
It’s easy to remember to secure the house when you leave, but what about when you’re out in the backyard? Many summer burglaries occur while homeowners are enjoying their outdoor living space, unaware of what is happening at the front of the house. Remember to secure your doors and windows when you play outside to help ensure home security.
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