With so many Cana­di­ans tak­ing time away from their home on fam­i­ly vaca­tions and roman­tic trips with loved ones, home secu­ri­ty is com­ing into focus. Cana­di­ans must ensure their prop­er­ties are pro­tect­ed when they take time away in the com­ing months. To help ensure your home is pro­tect­ed and your valu­ables are secure, we will share 5 sum­mer home secu­ri­ty tips with you.

Summer Home Security Tips

  1. Make Sure Your Home Appears Occu­pied. When bur­glars see that a prop­er­ty is clear­ly not occu­pied, they may have fur­ther incen­tive to try and break in. Your home should be full of signs of life when you take your sum­mer vaca­tion. For exam­ple, you might try leav­ing some kids’ toys in the yard or leav­ing your radio on an AM talk radio sta­tion to give the impres­sion that peo­ple are home.
  2. Con­duct a Prop­er­ty Walk Through. As we enter sum­mer, it is the per­fect time for you to walk through your prop­er­ty and look for weak spots in your prop­er­ties secu­ri­ty. Walk around the exte­ri­or of the home and look for ele­ments that might present a secu­ri­ty risk. For exam­ple, you should try to lock up recy­cling bins and oth­er items that a bur­glar may use to access the win­dows in ele­vat­ed areas of the home. You might also con­sid­er chang­ing the place­ment of your key to ensure that access to the home is restrict­ed at all times.
  3. Ask a Friend to Mon­i­tor the Home. When going away for a week or two, make sure you have a friend vis­it the prop­er­ty every few days to ensure every­thing is as it should be. The friend could be pro­vid­ed with a key and asked to look for signs of prop­er­ty dam­age as they walk through the home. They can also adjust blinds or move items with­in the home to present signs of life to those who might be look­ing in.
  4. Place a Dog Dish at Your Back­door to Scare Threats. You don’t have to get a guard dog to scare poten­tial bur­glars away from your home. You can sim­ply buy a dog dish and leave it in an obvi­ous area out­side the prop­er­ty. Data shows homes with dogs are less like­ly to be bro­ken into by crim­i­nals.
  5. Take a Pho­to Record of Expen­sive Items. To fur­ther pre­pare for the sum­mer sea­son, you can begin by tak­ing a pho­to record of your most expen­sive assets. This will help ensure that should any valu­able item go miss­ing, you can pro­vide inves­ti­ga­tors and your insur­ance com­pa­ny with clear infor­ma­tion on the stolen prod­ucts.

Be proac­tive on home secu­ri­ty this sum­mer by fol­low­ing the tips pre­sent­ed in this arti­cle! To dis­cov­er more on sum­mer home secu­ri­ty, con­tact our trust­ed team today.

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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.