Recent reports indicate that August is now the month where burglaries occur most often. This may be due to the fact that people leave their doors and windows open at night to cool down their homes, are often away during the day, and are gone for extended summer vacations with the family. Whilethese burglaries are on the rise in alarming numbers, there are several things homeowners can do to protect their homes during the dog days of summer.
, a company that specializes in , reminds homeowners on their website that there are several simple ways to deter burglars.
Statistically, thieves will look elsewhere for a new target when they will have to work in light, make noise to enter, or if it will require them longer than a few minutes to enter. Light is one of the best deterrents. Install motion-detector or dusk-to-dawn lighting around your house. Reinforced doors and special window coatings are other simple deterrents.”
Homeowners should take a tour of their home, inside and out, to discover areas that are lacking in security. These areas often include doors without deadbolts, ripped window screens, and windows that don’t latch properly. Burglaries occur more often during the hottest month, when people are trying to keep cool, but that doesn’t mean they should sacrifice their home’s security to do so; there are ways to allow cool air in while keeping the window secure.
Burglaries also occur the most often around this time of the year because people are away from home more often during the day. The children are out of school and many people take their vacations in August, which means they might go away for a week a more. Thieves will often case a neighborhood to observe which homes appear empty and then come back to break in later. Homeowners who take their vacations this time of year should ensure that their are properly set and the apps they use to remotely monitor the property are working as well. If they have a front porch, it should be cleared of all toys and lawn tools, and homeowners should ask a friend or neighbor to take in their mail, newspapers, and take down any fliers so that it is not obvious that the family is away. To ensure that August is a time for family fun and worry-free vacations, homeowners should take the proper steps to ensure that their homes are safe for the summer.
Author – Emily is a 10 year veteran of the home security industry working in sales. She was a top sales person at leading home security companies, but has shifted her focus to working on helping consumers make the right decisions.