Summer is arguably the best of all the seasons. Pool parties, backyard barbecues, and countless other outdoor activities all make for great memories. However, summer is also a prime time for burglars to invade your home. In fact, a report published by the US Department of Justice states that household burglary and larceny peak during the summer months. Thankfully, there are several easy ways you can make your home less of a target. Here are nine summer safety tips to help you have a great summer!
Secure Your Garage
Your garage is a treasure trove of goods that burglars seek, such as lawn equipment, bikes, and other easily pawnable goods. Furthermore, your garage also provides easy access to the rest of your home in most cases. That being said, keeping your garage door locked is an absolute must. Think of your garage door as a second front door to your home.
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your car windows rolled down. The garage door opener in your car is like a second set of keys to your front door for burglars. If you use an automatic garage door opener, make sure that it isn’t visible to a snooping criminal.
Protect Your Home with a Security System
A home security system is much more than just a summer safety tip. A security system is a great way to secure your home and protect your loved ones. A security system not only deters burglars from entering your home without an invitation, but they also warn your family of dangers like fire and carbon monoxide. At the absolute minimum, your security system should include motion sensors and detectors on all entryways (windows & doors). Exterior cameras and glass break sensors are an added bonus and increase your protection from burglars.
Remove Window AC Units
A window air conditioning unit will definitely save you from stifling summer temperatures. However, they also make your home more vulnerable when you are away for extended periods of time. Use a dowel when the unit is in place and make sure to remove the unit from your window when you go on vacation.
Ask a Neighbor to Watch Your Home
This is one of our easiest summer safety tips! If you plan on traveling this summer, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home. Burglars tend to look for obvious signs that you’re away and that your home is vacant. Some of these signs include flyers and mail left near the front door, overflowing mailboxes, and garbage cans on the curb well past pickup day.
Don’t Invite Crime
Summertime is prime time for kids riding their bikes and scooters. It is common practice for kids to leave them laying around the yard. When they do this, they’re essentially inviting burglars onto your property and potentially into your home. Common and professional criminals will not only seize the goods that they find outside, but they’ll wonder what might be waiting for them inside. Even if your child is simply running in the house for a quick snack, make sure they lock up their bike and place their valuables in a secure location.
Don’t Hide Keys Outside
Many homeowners are in the habit of hiding a key to their home under the front door mat or in other obvious places. This shouldn’t come as a great surprise, but burglars check these obvious places for an easy way into your home. Instead of hiding a key outside, give it to a neighbor or friend in case of an emergency.
Keep Quite About Your Plans
This is one of the easiest, yet most challenging summer safety tips we have to offer. Everyone gets excited about vacation plans and most want to shout their plans from the rooftops. However, we strongly advise against doing so. The guy installing your washing machine or the woman cleaning your home could very easily moonlight as a burglar. Furthermore, you never know who might read those brag posts your put up on social media…so just don’t do it. Instead, show off your photos when your back home.
Watch Out for Scams
This should come as common sense, but it is still worth mentioning. If a stranger approaches your front door. Beware. Summer is the time that professional crooks travel the country offering to repave your driveway or reshingle your home. While one person is distracting you with the sales pitch, the second is entering your home through the back door.
Clean Up the Shrubbery
This summer safety tip will require a little elbow grease. The greenery around your home will flourish during the summer months. While beautiful, this indirectly provides burglars with the green light to break into your home. You can prevent this by trimming the bushes near your home so windows and doors are visible from the street.