Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means that most couples are making plans for a romantic evening of dining and movies. This also means that their homes will be unoccupied for several hours. If you’re one of those couples with big plans for Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions to know your home is protected.

Lock up

This is a given. Make sure your doors and windows are locked before you leave the house. You might want to skip over those second- or third-floor windows, thinking that no one could get in through there, but that’s not necessarily true. Make sure you get those secured as well.

A deadbolt lock is a necessity for your back and front doors. Consider replacing your deadbolts if it’s been a long time since they were changed. They’re not expensive, either. Hop over to your nearest hardware or home improvement store and you can find them for less than you’re paying for dinner on Valentine’s Day.

Leave stuff on

Leave a light on here or there to give the illusion that someone is home. Better yet, if you have smart home tools like automatic lights, make sure to utilize those. These will automatically turn the lights on or off at specified times, which enhance the illusion. Also, consider leaving the television set on. Prowlers can mistake this for actual conversation or assume someone is sitting at home watching.

In addition to making your home appear occupied, place things in front of windows such as desks and lamps. The more difficult you make it to crawl through a window, the more likely that your burglar will move on to another target. They definitely won’t want to take more time than necessary to sneak in, and they won’t want to make lots of noise by pushing furniture over and breaking items.

Strengthen security outdoors

There’s more that you can do outside your house than you might think. Naturally, you’ll want to consider home security cameras. Protect America offers cameras that record video in full 720p HD and can be monitored from any mobile device. The night vision feature is even more important for your peace of mind when you’re spending an evening out on the town.

Another outdoor security item that others might not consider is the home security sign itself. A lot of would-be burglars will pass up the opportunity to infiltrate a house if they see that the sign is protected by a home security system. Burglary is all about hitting easy targets, and if they see a yard sign for a security company as they sneak onto the property, they’re more likely to move on to the next house.
In addition to security cameras and signs, there are simple things you can do today. First, make sure that your home is well-lit from the outside. Consider installing motion-detecting floodlights by your porch or garage door. Also, consider acquiring solar-powered LED lights for your driveway or walkway. Second, make sure bushes and shrubs are trimmed well. Tall plants and trees are good hiding places for crooks.

Protect your apartment

Maybe you don’t live in a suburban neighborhood with picket fences and HOAs. That’s okay. If you live in an apartment, a lot of the same rules apply. Make sure your doors are locked, keep one or two lights turned on, and even keep the TV turned on for a while.

Check with your apartment manager if a home security is an acceptable option. Protect America features affordable options that are the perfect size for small apartments and don’t feature moving fees if you want to take your system with you in a future move.