Summer is coming up and with it all the many joys that it brings. From beautiful weather to lazy days lounging in the backyard soaking up the sun, there’s a reason it’s one of the most beloved seasons.
However, just because you’re relaxed and your kids are kicking back doesn’t mean that robbers and criminals have stopped doing their dirty deeds. In fact, many break-ins and property crimes occur in the summer.
Thankfully, you don’t have to defend your home alone. In fact, organizations like Canadian Security Professionals can offer you the exact security that’s best suited for your home and your needs. To learn more about keeping your home safe in the summer, read on!
You may be wondering if your summer fears are well-placed. Unfortunately, they are. There are over 1.5 million burglaries, home invasions and property crimes every year in Canada, and, on average, burglary rates are the highest in the summer and the lowest in the winter.
So, there is definitely a heightened summer risk. However, there are measures you can take to ameliorate this effect.
There are a lot of things you can do without necessarily choosing the most extreme options. One important point is to make sure that all windows and doors are locked. You use your doors and windows more often in the summer, meaning it’s more likely that they’ll be left open.
To ensure you don’t do this, try making a checklist before you go to bed every night. Run through it before you leave or sleep, checking windows and doors, and closing them properly. You don’t want to get burgled because you left a living room window accidentally open.
You should also be careful of your blinds. While you’ll want them to be open to let in that natural light and to appreciate the blooming flowers and summer beauty, it’s not a good idea to leave your blinds open all the time. You want to close your blinds long before it gets dark. This serves double duty of ensuring that your windows will also be closed. By doing this, robbers won’t be able to scope out your home from outside, reducing the chance of a break-in.
Remember that many thefts are just crimes of opportunity. They’re not necessarily masterminded plots where you’ve been studied and analyzed carefully. Rather, they’re criminals seeing a good chance via an open door and window, and capitalizing on that chance to make a quick buck. Be safe and don’t let it happen to you.
While this year may not be the best to travel, there is still the chance that you could go camping or leave your home for a cottage. Whenever you’re leaving for an extended period of time, you want to make sure that things are as safe as possible.
This means going through the aforementioned checklist, and locking down your house and windows fully. It might also mean going the extra step. For instance, you may want to ensure you aren’t receiving any packages while your away so that they don’t pile up and give the impression that your home is vacant.
It may even be worthwhile to invest in timers to turn your lights on at certain times in the day. This way, you can simulate a family get-together in the evening and give the impression that you’re home.
If you’re on good terms with your neighbours, then consider asking them to park outside your house or in your driveway while you’re gone. Tying into this is asking them to keep an eye on your house.
Of course, if you really want maximum safety, then try asking someone you know and trust to house-sit. This is the single best way to keep your house protected and might serve double duty of taking care of your pets and plants.
Still, if you want full peace of mind, then the best thing to do is to buy a home security system. Companies like Canadian Security Professionals can help install state-of-the-art systems that will protect your home all year round.
An electronic security system can include door and window sensors, motion sensors, and 24/7 monitoring service to alert authorities. Some features to keep a look out for are automation of services, as well as high-definition indoor and outdoor cameras.
You might also want video analytic technology that can detect when someone approaches your property, or even smart locks that tell you who is leaving and entering your house. Of course, if you already have smart-home tech, it can be easily integrated into a full security suite with remote access and lots of convenient features.
Modern systems can even let you turn on the lights while you’re away or check up on the premises, looking at video and visitor logs while you’re at work or on vacation. These systems will provide you the peace of mind you’re looking for, and can be customized to meet your specific needs.
Don’t let the summer months let your guard down. Criminals capitalize on the warm weather and the more frequent vacations to target your home and steal your goods. Thankfully, you’re not defenseless. There’s a whole variety of basic things you can do from locking and closing your windows and doors, to closing your blinds. Also, if you do go on vacation, you can get house sitters or take other measures to give off the impression that the home isn’t empty.
Most importantly, however, is having a home security system. This full protection will ensure that you have experts on beck and call to protect your house from intruders of all types.
If you’re interested in getting a burglar alarm or a full-suite protection system that can ensure that your home is safe as can be whether you’re barbecuing or taking a summer road trip, then Canadian Security Professionals are the ones to beat. We offer a full suite of services that are capable of protecting your home, and can be reached at 1-877-494-9911 or through our contact page here.