There are a lot of great tips out there on how to keep your home safe from burglars. We’ve even shared these kinds of tips before!
Those tips are great for all year round, but it’s important to bring up home security tips again when the weather starts getting nice. That’s because crime rates rise as the temperatures rise. It’s true of all crime, which includes theft.
Absolutely follow all our tips for keeping your home safe during the fall and winter, but make sure you pay extra attention to these tips in the spring when the weather starts to get nice and the burglars start to come out of their winter slumber.
Double check that windows and doors are locked
You know you should keep the windows and doors locked, but that can be a tall order in the summer. Bedroom windows may be opened in the evening to let in the cool air and shut in the morning without hooking the latch. Kids coming in and out of the sliding glass door may mean that it accidentally doesn’t get locked when it’s time for bed.
Another door that is often overlooked? The door between your home and your attached garage. By breaking the code to the garage, a burglar can waltz right into your home if that door isn’t locked.
In the summer when windows and doors are used more frequently, go through a checklist every night and before you leave the house to make sure everything is locked and secure. You don’t want the reason why you got burglarized to be because you accidentally left a living room window unlatched.
Mind your blinds
With warmer temperatures and longer days, not to mention green lawns and leafy trees, homeowners love to open the blinds and curtains and gaze outside. It’s a great way to let in a little sunlight and fresh air, but having your windows open more frequently and for longer periods of time can be bad if you want to keep your home from being burglarized.
Keep the interior lights in your home off when the blinds are open. With no illumination from the interior, it’s nearly impossible to see in your windows.
Close the blinds and curtains long before it gets dark. Many homeowners keep their windows open a little too long at night, which is the best time for a burglar to peek in and see what you have that would be worth stealing.
Download the NextDoor app
One of the best ways you can keep your home safe in the summer is to know your neighbors and know what’s going on in your neighborhood. That’s what the NextDoor app allows you to do!
You can do a lot of cool things with this app, like find a babysitter in the area, sell items your family has outgrown or no longer uses, and learn who is living in the houses all around you. However, one of the coolest things you can do with the app is share crime and safety information.
Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you’re on vacation and look to see if there have been any burglaries in the area recently. You’ll be amazed at how much safer and friendlier your neighborhood will feel when you use this app!
A home security system is a great way to protect your home, but even the best system in the world won’t prevent a burglar who can easily sneak into a window you left open. Follow these tips this summer and you can reduce the chances of experiencing a burglary in your home.