Home security tips and tricks you need this summer
Summer: when the days are hotter, the vacations are better, and the beaches are busier. But, summer is also peak season for household crimes, including burglary and larceny.
A report from the U.S. Department of Justice found that burglary rates were 11 percent higher in the summer than other times of the year, and household larceny was 8 percent higher.
There are a number of reasons property crimes increase during the summer months:
- More opportunity: Vacations, cookouts in neighborhood parks, outings to public pools – there’s just an uptick in the amount of time spent away from home during the summer. An unwatched home is a vulnerable home.
- More distraction: Warmer weather means more people are out in their backyards by their pool or entertaining guests on their patios and decks. Those distractions give burglars and thieves the perfect cover to walk right into your house as if they were invited.
- Guards are down: During the summer, people tend to leave their windows open more often to cool down, especially at night. This provides an ideal entry point for a criminal.
- High temperatures: While there is not a direct correlation, some believe that hot temperatures lead to hot tempers, which could contribute to aggressive behavior and even crime.
Protecting Your Property
When it comes to home security, the sunshine shouldn’t be a reason for letting our guards down. Here are some home security tips and tricks to keep your home safe while you are enjoying your summer.
Home Security Tip #1: Install durable doors
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 34 percent of burglars enter through a home’s front door. Push-button door knob locks or chain locks are easy for burglars to open or kick in. Instead, you should make sure that all doors leading outside have heavy-duty deadbolt locks.
In addition to keeping your front door closed and locked at all times, you might consider upgrading an old or hollow core door with a solid wood or steel door replacement with high-quality, durable locking mechanisms.
Home Security Tip #2: Invest in strong windows
Hidden by shrubs and trees, unlit, and often left unlocked in case of missing-key emergencies, windows—particularly those on the first floor—are popular entry points for burglars. Twenty-three percent of burglars enter a home through an open or unlocked first-floor window.
Don’t give intruders a place to hide: Trim back any overgrown trees and shrubs, and consider installing lighting around your windows. Keep windows closed and locked, even when you are home, and check to ensure your screens are securely fastened in place. Finally, give some thought to replacing any old, dated or damaged windows with new, secure windows that have welded frames, recessed steel locks, and heavy-duty laminated glass.
Home Security Tip #3: Use technology
There is a whole world of technological solutions that can help keep your home safe whether you are at work, on vacation, or just hanging out in your backyard.
- One of the best deterrents against a burglar is to install motion-sensing lights. Mr Beams® Wireless Motion Sensor LED Spotlight MB360 is weatherproof, easy to install, motion activated from 30 feet away, and shuts off automatically after 30 seconds.
- A smart door lock like those made by Schlage uses a keypad to allow a keyless entry—you can create unique codes for each person that enters your house and track their use. In some cases, you can also lock or unlock the door remotely via smartphone. In addition, the door locks automatically within a few seconds of entry, so you’ll never have to wonder if you remembered to lock the door.
- “Smart” doorbells—a mashup of security cameras, intercoms, and doorbells—are the hot new home accessory. Ring, SkyBell, Nest, and Blink are all popular models that feature video cameras, two-way talk capabilities, and internet connections. Homeowners can see and speak to visitors who press the doorbell button or, in the case of a burglar, set off the built-in motion sensors via movement. They cannot, however, open the door remotely. In the not-too-distant future, the Nest Hello model will include facial-recognition technology.
- If you are just looking for an alarm that lets you know when a window is opened or broken, there are several window alarms on the market to meet every price range. Most are simple, self-install devices. This Defiant Wireless Home Security Alarm installs in seconds thanks to self-adhesive strips— it doesn’t get much easier than that. There are also more advanced window alarm models that include infrared motion detectors to monitor the area around the window or door. The Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor can detect vibration, orientation and angle (tilt), and temperature. Plus, the SmartThings app sends alerts to your phone when it detects a break in or if you forget to close a window or door.
Don’t break a sweat when it comes to home security
Long Roofing carries a complete line of quality doors and windows that provide unparalleled durability, safety, and security—all while accentuating the look and style of your home. Contact Long Doors at (866) 270-2885 or visit us online to get a price and schedule a free, in-home consultation.