For most of us, summer means trips to the beach, camping, grilling out and freedom from school. It can also, however, mean something far more menacing: crime. Over 2,000,000 burglaries occur in America every year, with the highest percentage of these occurring during the summer months. This is actually a completely logical phenomenon. Our behaviors in summer, from travel to relaxation to general carelessness, set the scene for a potential home invasion. Take a look at these tips on how to keep your home safe this summer:

The little things

Let’s be entirely honest here: We all get a little bit careless in the summer. It’s natural, the heat and the constant movement between the indoors and outdoors results in some bad habits. Nonetheless, in summer, as much as any other season, we need to remain vigilant about taking care of the little things.Closing and locking doors behind us and making sure our windows are closed at night may seem like small steps, but they can make an enormous difference in our home security. The highest amount of break ins happen in July and August, so take particular care during these months to make sure the entry points to your home are sealed. For a simple monitoring solution, we recommend our door and window sensors, which offer wireless protection for your home.

Vacation preparation

Burglars prefer an easy  target, and few things make a home easier  to break into than the absence of occupants. if you’re planning a vacation, take a few precautions to ensure that your home doesn’t appear vacant, making it more attractive to potential invaders. Speak with one of your neighbors and make them aware of your plans. Ask them  to keep an eye on the house, picking up your mail and newspapers each day so that they don’t build up outside. For those with a particularly strong interest in monitoring their home while out of town, consider our video surveillance cameras.

Know your belongings

Police only recover about 13 percent of all items taken in burglaries. More often than not, this is due to a lack of physical evidence or witnesses. In order to increase your odds of successfully recovering any of your possessions that may be stolen, make a list of all  your valuables. Include key features such as color, serial number and other distinguishing traits. Though it may not prevent a burglary to do so, it provides the authorities with a concrete way of identifying any recovered property as yours. Furthermore, be aware that the items most frequently stolen are those most easily pawned or converted to cash: jewelry, small electronics, televisions, etc. Take particular care to note the defining features of these items.