Despite the fact that summer brings with it more daylight hours and many people are led to believe that this would deter criminals, this is not at all the case. In fact, if you look at robberies and home invasions throughout history, you’ll find that they spike during the summer months. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect your home.
#1 – Don’t Announce when You Go Out of Town
If you’re like many other American families, chances are good that you take a vacation in the summer months. Chances are also good that you post pictures of your vacation on Facebook, and while this may seem innocent enough, it’s better to wait until you get back home. Why? Although your friends may not decide to rob you while you’re away, a stranger looking over your friend’s shoulder very well might, especially if they know you aren’t going to be home. All they need is your name and they can search any one of several directories for your home address.
#2 – Leave the Lights On
Leaving the lights on when you’re away is another way to deter criminals from targeting your home during the summer months. If you leave for a weekend, make sure to leave a couple of lights on in your home so that it appears someone is home. If you’re going to be gone for longer than a day or two, you’ll need to ask someone to come switch on different lights from time to time; otherwise, the same lights on for days will blow your cover. You can also use home automation if you have it available to simply choose which lights are on and which lights are off.
#3 – Ask a Friend or Family Member to Housesit
Another way to protect your home from crime during the summer months involves asking someone to come sit at your home once per day. The best option, of course, is a trusted neighbor who can simply walk next door or across the street. They can water your plants, keep an eye on things, and help give your home a “lived-in” look that will keep criminals and robbers away.
#4 – Install a Monitored Security System
If you have security cameras installed in your home, then you’re on the right track. However, if you’re on summer vacation for a week or two and someone decides to rob your home, all you’ll have is the footage. A monitored security system is a great addition to security cameras for this very reason. If someone breaks into your house and sounds an alarm, the police will arrive shortly thereafter – and you don’t have to call them.
#5 – Use Security Signs
Have you ever seen the window stickers or yard signs proclaiming that the home had monitored security installed? These signs serve a very important purpose – they tell potential robbers to stay away. When you have your security system installed – or if you have existing security – be sure to ask for these signs. They work wonderfully as deterrents and can help save you a lot of trouble.
Although robbers are out and about looking for homes to rob during the summer months while people are gone away on vacation, the five aforementioned tips can help keep your property safe and undamaged. After all, you’ll want to see things just as you left them when you return.