As much as it pains us to say it, summer is steadily drawing to a close. The passing of Labor Day weekend is always the harbinger of autumn, signaling the cold weather and warm clothes akin to the season.
During the holiday seasons, there are a lot of family visits and other expected holiday related vacations. For burglars, this means that there will be an increase in predictable home vacancies. On top of that, with the comings and goings of distant family members, it is a lot harder for neighbors to recognize strange visitors to your home and as a result they will be less likely to report it.
While this can certainly seem overwhelming when viewed alongside everything else going on in your life, following a few key steps can ensure that you’re ready to move into autumn safely. Check out these ideas for adapting your home security system this season, and remember to visit www.protectamerica.com for all your security needs.
Secure your Windows
In the summer, homeowners will often take storm screens and panels off of their exterior windows, leaving an easier medium for entrance into the home. While this is wonderful for airing out the house or simply enjoying the summer air, it can present a problem if forgotten once summer turns to autumn. Make sure that you take the time to affix the storm doors and windows back on to the exterior of your home. This will prevent autumn storms from causing the glass to break, leaving a hazard for you and your family and a potential entrance for burglars.
While you’re doing this, you may want to consider installing door and window sensors around your home. This way, you’ll always be aware when one of the entrances to your home is opened or tampered with. Pairing window sensors and glass break sensors will go a long way to prevent these break-ins from going unnoticed. . It is estimated that 23% of burglars enter through a first floor window.
Season of Solicitation
Now that the temperature is starting to cool down, door-to-door salesmen tend to be more active. The problem with door-to-door sales is there are no checks and balances. Yes the person wearing a uniform is most likely a legitimate salesman, but it is also entirely possible that they are using the salesman angle to case your home for future burglary. It’s also important to note that a lot of door-to-door opportunities do not require a background check and may not even have that employees real name on file.
In our opinion, it’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to strangers at the door and to just not answer the door at all. If for some reason you don’t want to just complete ignore strangers at your door, then you might consider only opening the door a crack or installing a doorbell camera and communicating that way. The benefit of using a doorbell camera is that you don’t even have to be home to talk to them.
One of the last things that homeowners tend to consider when assembling a strong home security presence is threats that come from inside the home. While these threats aren’t always capable of posing a direct danger to you, they can be costly. For example, the cold weather can bring distress to your pipes, causing them to burst and resulting in expensive repairs and property damage. Protect yourself against this sort of problem with our freeze sensors.
Perfect for any home in an area with cold winters, these sensors notify your security system if the temperature around them drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Having a freeze alert go directly to your cell phone gives you ample time to assess the situation and react accordingly before you have a true emergency situation on your hands. The installation of these sensors takes minutes and can prevent a lot of pain and money in the future.
As a side note: these are great for anyone who owns multiple properties, as they give you the power to monitor your property’s temperature from far away.
Landscaping for Safety
Studies have actually shown that a clean well kept lawn can make a home looked more lived in and actually scare burglars away from your home. That’s never more true than in autumn, when negligible yard care becomes even more noticeable due to the accumulation of falling leaves. Make sure to keep your lawn orderly in autumn so that your house doesn’t project an air of vacancy that might attract undesirable attention.
Rake your leaves, don’t leave pumpkins and other seasonal decorations out to the point of rotting and, if you’re headed for a vacation, have one of your neighbors collect your mail so it doesn’t build up.