6 ways to keep burglars away this summer
Summer is just around the corner, which means more BBQs, yard work, parties and lots of other outdoor activities. But unfortunately, it's also the easiest time of the year for families to become victims to burglary and home invasion.
It's proven that a professionally installed home security system is the best defense against bad guys. But if you want to keep burglars as far away as possible, there are several other things you can do to help increase your safety and security during the summer months.
- Close and lock windows and doors As temperatures heat up, it may be tempting to leave windows open all night, or to leave doors open during the day – but this is an open invitation for burglars. If you're leaving the house or going to bed, always close and lock the windows.
- Mow the lawn frequently If your grass is growing high, it may signal to burglars that you're away for extended period of time. Mow on a regular basis, and if you're going away, have someone else mow the lawn while you're gone.
- Put yard tools away when you're done with them Leaving objects such as garden tools in the yard attracts attention to your house and is a sign that you're not being vigilant about your possessions. Keep objects stored away and out of sight.
- Be careful about putting items on the curb Whether you're throwing out an old TV or selling an air conditioner, these items attract attention and can increase the risk of burglars surveilling your home. Consider other ways to sell or dispose of the items, rather than leaving them on the curb.
- Don't let your home look vacant while you're on vacation Planning a summer getaway? Use timer switches to have lights turn on and off, giving the appearance that someone is home. If you have an extra car, park it prominently in front of the house or in the driveway. Also consider having a neighbor or friend check on your home while you're gone.
- Don't blab your plans online It's all too easy these days to share vacation pics in real-time on sites like Facebook and Instagram. But you never know who may be seeing those posts. Think twice before telling the world that you're not at home.
Remember, a little bit of vigilance goes a long way! Remember to always be vigilant and have a great summer!