When the sun final­ly starts shin­ing at its bright­est, pools are opened for the sea­son, and thoughts of week­end get­aways to the cot­tage start to sink in, every­body breathes a sigh of relief, as sum­mer tends to be the most fun and relax­ing time of year.

With all of your sum­mer plans on your mind and a desire to take things easy and enjoy this won­der­ful time of year, it is nat­ur­al for cer­tain mat­ters to slip from focus and get neglect­ed.

How­ev­er, you must remain vig­i­lant about your home’s secu­ri­ty. Even the slight­est dis­re­gard for secu­ri­ty main­te­nance could leave room for vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties com­pro­mis­ing your and your fam­i­ly’s safe­ty.

In addi­tion to all the fun and excite­ment of sum­mer, this change in sea­son gen­er­al­ly comes with new risks and threats, such as height­ened house­hold prop­er­ty crimes.

Bur­glary inci­dence rates often rise dur­ing the sum­mer months, and when more bur­glars look for insuf­fi­cient­ly guard­ed homes, your house has a high­er chance of being tar­get­ed.

This is why tak­ing home secu­ri­ty very seri­ous­ly this sum­mer is essen­tial and doing what­ev­er you must to keep your home safe and pro­tect­ed from such threats.

Best Security Measures to Keep Your Home Safe in the Summer

While it is always impor­tant to secure your home against poten­tial break-ins, this neces­si­ty is espe­cial­ly cru­cial in the sum­mer­time.

For­tu­nate­ly, there are sev­er­al effec­tive secu­ri­ty mea­sures that you can take to increase the secu­ri­ty around your house and decrease the like­li­hood of it being tar­get­ed by crim­i­nals. If you take the fol­low­ing secu­ri­ty mea­sures, it will make a big dif­fer­ence in keep­ing your home safe through­out the sum­mer sea­son:

1. Keep your windows closed and locked

Although it may be tempt­ing to keep your win­dows open or your doors slight­ly ajar dur­ing the sum­mer months to let fresh air in, bur­glars can eas­i­ly gain access to your home by doing so.

While leav­ing win­dows or doors open while you are home is accept­able, you must always remem­ber to close and lock them up when you leave the house, no mat­ter how long you are gone

In addi­tion, if you are con­sid­er­ing leav­ing win­dows open dur­ing the night while you are sleep­ing or even dur­ing the day, you should con­sid­er pro­fes­sion­al­ly installing win­dow restric­tors. This will make it impos­si­ble for some­one to open them wide enough to climb inside.

If you have a win­dow air-con­di­tion­ing unit in your home, you should also con­sid­er attach­ing tilt or con­tact sen­sors to your win­dows since they can be paired with an alarm sys­tem. This way, you will receive real-time alerts if a “tilt” occurs as some­one slides the win­dow up dur­ing an attempt­ed break-in.

2. Keep valuables out of sight and reach

You may want to keep your blinds and shades open all sum­mer to let in that beau­ti­ful sun­light. How­ev­er, keep­ing your valu­ables, such as com­put­ers, phones, wal­lets, and jew­el­ry, out of sight and reach is impor­tant.

When it is easy to see into your home, bur­glars can spot such items, so hav­ing them strewn through­out your res­i­dence could make it a tar­get. While stor­ing expen­sive items or cash in a safe is best, oth­er valu­ables should at least be kept out of plain sight.

You should also be mind­ful about stor­ing valu­ables inside your car if parked out­side. Also do not leave a garage door open­er in your vehi­cle; if a thief steals it, they will gain access to your home.

3. Install a smart home security system

Installing a smart home secu­ri­ty sys­tem will pro­vide an added lay­er of pro­tec­tion. The var­i­ous smart devices and tools in such a sys­tem will work togeth­er to keep you and your house safe.

A smart home secu­ri­ty sys­tem uses advanced fea­tures like video sur­veil­lance, remote mon­i­tor­ing, and motion detec­tion to allow you to know exact­ly what is hap­pen­ing at your home in real time 24/7.

So, whether you are home or not, you can always mon­i­tor things, adjust set­tings, and make changes as need­ed.

4. Appear to be home even when you are not

One of the main rea­sons so many bur­glar­ies occur in the sum­mer is that many peo­ple take hol­i­days at this time of year, leav­ing their hous­es emp­ty.

If you have a sum­mer get­away planned, take mea­sures to pre­vent this from being obvi­ous to poten­tial bur­glars. Invest in things like timed lights so that it still appears like some­one is home even when you are not.

In addi­tion, encour­age fam­i­ly mem­bers to avoid post­ing about your vaca­tion on social media until you have returned. If some­one learns of your vaca­tion, this could encour­age a break-in.

How Protection Plus Can Help Guarantee Your Safety and Security This Summer

For peace of mind this sum­mer, you should take the above-men­tioned tips to heart. If you want to boost your home’s secu­ri­ty and are look­ing for high-qual­i­ty secu­ri­ty sys­tems in Toron­to, Pro­tec­tion Plus can help.

We have some of the best and most up-to-date secu­ri­ty sys­tems in stock, includ­ing home alarms, smart home mon­i­tor­ing, and fire alarm sys­tems. We would be hap­py to design a cus­tom secu­ri­ty pack­age to suit your needs and bud­get.

We have pro­vid­ed our val­ued cus­tomers with home safe­ty and secu­ri­ty solu­tions for over 25 years and would love to help you boost your home’s secu­ri­ty this sum­mer, too.

If you are unsure of the type of secu­ri­ty mea­sures that would best suit your prop­er­ty, some­one from our team of experts will glad­ly offer guid­ance.

We not only have plen­ty of pro­fes­sion­al­ly designed secu­ri­ty sys­tems avail­able, but we also offer pro­fes­sion­al instal­la­tion ser­vices to ensure that these sys­tems are set up for opti­mal pro­tec­tion.

For more infor­ma­tion about why we have some of the most reli­able secu­ri­ty sys­tems in Toron­to or to learn more about the spe­cif­ic types of secu­ri­ty sys­tems we car­ry, call Pro­tec­tion Plus Secu­ri­ty Solu­tions at 1–844-365‑7587 or con­tact us here.

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Brandon Baum
Brandon Baum has been at Protection Plus since he was born in 1998. Since Graduating from Ryerson in 2020, he has been at the company full-time. Currently, his title is Chief Security Officer.