8 Changes to Make This Summer to Increase Home Security
August 29, 2016
Summer is finally here and we have the time to do those things around the house we’ve been meaning to do all year. Whether you are looking to upgrade your house security systems, looking for ways how to improve home security in general or just want add extra security measures to protect your home while on summer vacation, now is the time do it.
Here are 8 changes you can make this summer to protect your home:
1: Install Window Lockable Latches and Door Restrictors
Having so few summer months, it’s natural for us to want to soak up as much sun and fresh summer air as possible. To do this safely and without compromising on window and door security, use summer DIY time to install window restrictors and door lockable latches – like our very own LockLatch. This will allow you to leave windows and doors open while asleep, but locked. Meaning you can enjoy your summer days and evenings with a little more peace of mind, enjoying safe ventilation while letting your pets into the yard and protecting your home from opportunistic thieves.
2: Do a Yard Check
Use your time this summer to do a yard check to increase house security. The summer brings the warmer weather, which in turn makes our plants to flourish. However, the overgrown bush unfortunately creates good hiding spots for burglars. Keep your bushes pruned to make it harder for opportunistic thieves to case your home without being noticed.
3: Strengthen Your Doors
Doors are a popular entry point for opportunistic thieves and well-planned burglars alike. Increasing door security, even if fitted with door alarms, can go a long way of securing your home. There are a number of ways to strengthen your doors, including: replacing wooden frames with metal frames, using extra long wood screws for added strength, replacing regular locks for long-throw deadbolts and installing an additional door latch to give you multiple locks at different heights making it more difficult to get it. Ultimately improving your home door security systems considerably.
4: Do some Planting
Want to protect your home by preventing criminals from accessing your home through your windows? Take advantage of the summer by doing some gardening. Planting spiky plants such as holly and bougainvillea makes accessing your home through your windows harder, therefore acting as a big deterrent for thieves and improving window home security.
5: Put Up Warning Signs
If you’re looking to make your home less of a target to criminals and opportunistic thieves, use summer to add some warning signs to your property to deter them. Signs like “Caution”, or “beware of the dog” are said to decrease the likelihood of break ins by a considerable amount and ensure you have more residential security.
6: Give your Home Security System a Revamp
If you have the time and the budget, summer is a great time to revamp, overhaul or upgrade your home, door and window security systems. If you have the budget, time and DIY savviness, install your own DIY home security system including motion lights, door alarms and cameras to make your home a force to be reckoned with.
7: Install Timer Switches
One of our biggest house security concerns in the summer is protecting our homes when going on summer vacation. Protect your home by making it looked more lived in while you’re away. You can do this many ways including installing time switches. These will ensure that your lights switch on and off automatically while away, giving opportunistic thieves the impression that you are home and not away on your family vacation.
8: Be More Vigilant
The warmer months tend to bring more home solicitations; people looking for charitable donations or selling door-to-door. Criminals are known to take advantage of this by posing as these collectors or sellers, as using this access to case out your home – dramatically threatening home security. When someone knocks on your door, do not open up without getting identification or letting them see inside your home; getting a first hand look at possible valuables.
There you have it, 8 tips to improve home security for the summer. If you’re looking for more, check out our 9 Home Security Tips When You Are Home Alone. Have something to add? Comment below or email us at [email protected]
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