Don't be taken advantage of this summer! Follow your locksmith's recommended instructions for security system use and use these four tips to help protect your house from a break-in.
1. Leave blinds down when you're away.
This idea is similar to the strategy of hiding valuables in the glove compartment of your car. Whether you're running errands, on vacation, or away at work, open blinds invite people to look inside while you're away. And seeing what your house has to offer may tempt a break-in, whether now or at a later date.
2. Take care of your property.
Common advice for vacation security includes arranging to have your lawn mowed, your mail picked up, and your lights turned on and off. The idea is to make it look like someone's home so burglars won't think it's safe to approach and scope the place out. It's easy to plan for a house-sitter when you're leaving for a vacation, but do you think about these things when you actually are home? Examine your house from the outside daily (perhaps when you get home from work) and work to actively prevent any hints of neglect that could have a burglar thinking you're on vacation with everyone else. Keep the lawn extra neat and the hedges aggressively trimmed whether you're on vacation or not!
3. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
You may live in a great neighborhood, trust all of your neighbors, and have a great watchdog and a state-of-the-art security system, but if you leave your back door unlocked for convenience you could still be burgled while you're away at the veterinarian's office. So don't cut corners on your security measures; get into the habit of keeping all your doors locked so that if you ever really need those locks, they'll do you some good.
4. Don't broadcast it to the world when you leave.
Remember the advice about taking care of your house while you're away on vacation so nobody can tell you're gone? Well, if you blast the news of your upcoming vacation all over a half-dozen social media websites, burglars won't need to look for overgrown shrubs to figure out which house to burgle and when. Social media is fun, but don't get carried away beyond the boundaries of safety; restrain yourself and let the world know when you return from the trip, rather than in advance.
Together with your common sense and an up-to-date security system, these four summer security tips can help keep your home and your belongings safe from break-ins. Whether you're home all summer, a teacher traveling the world all summer, or a student home for the summer, stay cool and enjoy your safety! Contact a local locksmith, like Key One Inc, for more security tips.