Getting ready for that once-a-year, big summer vacation? Just heading to your cottage to enjoy the warm weather for the weekend? Either way, hitting the road for some much needed relaxation leaves your home uninhabited and vulnerable to break-ins. A vacant house practically invites burglars inside, and this is especially true in the summertime. Thieves know that families tend to make extended travel plans during the summer months while kids are out of school, and after a few consecutive weekends of visiting the cottage, burglars know when to expect you to return. The longer you are away from home and the more predicable your summer travels, the more likely you are to be burglarized. The easiest way to help protect yourself from summer break-ins is to install a home security system and make sure it’s armed before you load up the car and hit the beach.
Other ways to secure your home’s summer safety include investing in a reliable front door lock. According to the Burglary Prevention Council, thieves enter their targeted houses through the front door in about one third of burglaries each year. Because a decent lock can be purchased for under $50, upgrading your front door lock is a relatively inexpensive way to protect your home. It’s also a great idea to change your locks periodically anyway, so if it’s been awhile since you’ve done so, make sure to get on it before it’s time for your summer vacation. As an additional pre-vacation precaution, make sure all the entrances to your home are well lit even when you aren’t there. Consider installing a timer that will automatically turn porch lights on every night, especially those nights when you’re away. A burglar is much less likely to target a well lit house than one that’s entrances are dark and shadowy.
By no means are these tips a comprehensive solution to protect your home during the summer months. So be sure to check back soon for more tips about how to protect your home from a summer break-in!
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