Nat­u­ral­ly, peo­ple are much more relaxed dur­ing the sum­mer months. There are far more crimes tak­ing place dur­ing the sum­mer than any oth­er time of year, and fam­i­lies will be much more like­ly to leave doors and win­dows open so that the fresh air can cir­cu­late eas­i­er.

Bur­glar­ies can hap­pen at any giv­en moment and to any­body, which is why it is impor­tant to take extra secu­ri­ty mea­sures, espe­cial­ly once the weath­er starts warm­ing up.

Think like a Bur­glar

Take the time to go out­side of your home and find the areas where bur­glars might be able to gain access to your home. The most com­mon place for a bur­glar to enter your home would be through a win­dow. Make sure that your win­dows are locked even if they are on the sec­ond floor. If you have a lad­der left out­side, make sure that it is put into a shed or some­where inside of your home.

Hide your Spare Keys Cre­ative­ly

Bur­glars are oppor­tunists, they will use what­ev­er means nec­es­sary to break into your home. Bur­glars are more like­ly to enter through win­dows that are cov­ered by shrubs or trees because it makes it eas­i­er to hide from neigh­bors so nev­er leave these areas unchecked. If you have a spare key out­side, do not place it in an obvi­ous loca­tion.

Where to Invest your Trust

If you are a new res­i­dent of your town, you might want to start build­ing rela­tion­ships with your new neigh­bors. Until you real­ly get to know the peo­ple in your neigh­bor­hood, don’t invest your trust into any­one oth­er than your fam­i­ly. Con­sid­er installing exte­ri­or light­ing. The last thing a bur­glar wants is to have their crim­i­nal actions exposed and that’s exact­ly the pur­pose of motion sen­sor light­ing.

Keep your Social Shares to a Min­i­mum

Avoid post­ing your where­abouts on social media. If you adver­tise online that you will be away from your home, crim­i­nals will be more like­ly to attempt a break-in. Talk about your vaca­tion after you have already returned home, oth­er­wise, you might come home to find you have been robbed.

Install a Secu­ri­ty Sys­tem and Mon­i­tor it on your Phone when Pos­si­ble

Make sure to take advan­tage of the home mon­i­tor­ing apps on your smart phone. If you have a secu­ri­ty sys­tem installed in your home then con­sid­er adding cam­eras as well so you can observe live video feed from your home to your phone. If you do not have a secu­ri­ty sys­tem installed in your home, ask a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber to keep a close watch on your home while you are away.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.