When the weather gets nicer, people begin spending more time outside – but unfortunately that also includes the burglars and others who may be targeting your home. Plus, burglary isn't the only danger you need to worry about this spring.
Here are some quick tips to make your home safer:
1. Check smoke detectors
The start of daylight savings time is a great reminder to check the batteries in your fire/smoke detectors. Test the alarms to make sure they're working or install a fresh battery. If the detector is older than 10 years, it should be replaced.
2. Mow the grass
A clean-cut lawn doesn't just make your property look nice – it helps deter burglars. High, uncut grass is a sign to burglars that the property may be vacant.
3. Lock doors and windows
When the temps rise, it's tempting to leave doors and windows open to let the fresh air in after a long winter. Just be sure to lock storm doors and close everything when you’re away, or at night, to keep the bad guys out.
4. Use outdoor lights
A dark, unlit home is a welcome invitation for burglars. Keep your home well-lit with low-watt CFL or LED bulbs.
5. Put yard tools away
After a long day of spring yard work, be sure to put the tools back in the shed or garage. Leaving tools lying around puts them at risk of being stolen, but also, it sends a signal to burglars that you're not paying close attention to your property.
6. Make house numbers visible
In an emergency, responders will need to find your house easily. If they can't see the numbers on your house, it will delay their response time when every second counts. Make sure the numbers on your home are clearly visible from the street.
7. Plan carefully before vacation
Going away for Memorial Day or other holidays? Keep an extra car parked prominently in the driveway (or ask a neighbor to park their car there) to create the appearance that you're home. Use lighting timers to schedule your lights to go on each night while you're away.
8. Don't tell the world you're going away.
It may be tempting to post pictures of your vacation on Facebook, or to change your voicemail message to let people know you're away. But both of these actions make it easy for savvy burglars to know it's safe to enter your home.
9. Consider a home security system
Without a doubt, the best way to protect yourself, your family and your home is to have a professional security system installed. Simply having a home security system deters burglars while also providing you with the peace of mind of 24/7 monitoring in the event of forced entry, fire, carbon monoxide and other dangers.