|Although physical distancing measures appear to be easing for the time being, and with them the “stay indoors” slogan that’s predominated the last few months, chances are you’ll be spending more time inside than a normal summer. That doesn’t mean you should let your guard down, though.
It is still summer, after all, and you’ll still be spending a significant amount of time outside, leaving your home vulnerable to intruders. While in past summers, homeowners have had to protect their homes while they vacationed abroad, this summer you need to make sure your home is safe while you’re outside and while you’re inside.
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How to Keep Your Home Safe This Summer
To keep you and your family safe, follow these home protection tips.
Install a New Door Entry System
The majority of break-ins occur via the front door or front windows. Old doors, with dated entry systems and weak materials, are easy for intruders to break down, and a burglar can spot a deficient door from down the block. As a first point of protection, look into new door entry systems with steel or fiberglass panels and multi-point locking systems. These doors look tough – sending a clear message to would-be intruders – and they’re also much more difficult to penetrate.
Shine a Light on Crime
Light is a fantastic deterrent for would-be intruders. Under cover of dark, burglars and thieves are emboldened to act, believing themselves to be shielded from detection. It’s the main reason why a large number of break-ins occur at night, rather than in broad daylight. Don’t give intruders the luxury of darkness. Light your entrance-way and front yard throughout the night with landscape LEDs.
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Consider a Security System
Security systems aren’t a must, at least not in most neighbourhoods. They are an added line of defense whose cost should be undertaken only if you truly feel your home is in danger. That said, if your area experiences a high volume of break-ins (or if you possess the cash flow to pay for and maintain a security system,) consider installing one. To research, start with this PC Mag article on the best available home security systems.
While in past summers, homeowners have had to protect their homes while they vacationed abroad, this summer you need to make sure your home is safe while you’re outside and while you’re inside.
Use a Timer for Indoor Lights
When you leave the house, you turn off the lights. It’s as much a force of habit as it is an energy-saving measure. But that dark interior can be inviting to burglars. No one’s saying you should leave your lights on all the time – that would be both wasteful and costly – but consider getting a timer that intermittently turns on lights in your home while you’re away.
Keep Your Valuable Safely Stowed
Finally, if it’s your possessions you are worried about, the last line of defense is the humble safe. They are inexpensive and incredibly difficult to infiltrate, making them a worthwhile investment to store your smaller valuables. As added security, keep the safe in a tucked-away part of the home – a broom closet or storage space.
Safety is a major concern for homeowners, even during a summer spent mostly indoors. With a new entry system, lighting, security system and safe, however, you can give burglars the cold shoulder this summer.
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