Keeping Your Home Safe & Secure This Summer

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When most people think of summer, they picture warm, sunny, care-free days of relaxing by the water, enjoying the shade under a tree, and even family vacations. Even as the world has changed around us due to the current COVID outbreak, people are still needing (possibly now, more than ever) the hope and fun summer can offer.

Whether you’re planning on staying around the house and enjoying backyard BBQs by the pool or if you’re planning a trip to get away as more and more hotels across the nation reopen with newer sanitation and safety guidelines to keep visitors safe, it’s nice to know you have options to help pass the time and enjoy life.

If you plan on staying around the house all summer, it’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind. On mild and warm summer nights, it may be tempting to leave windows open to let fresh air in throughout the evening. As summer tends to bring an air of carefreeness with it, more people often find themselves relaxed and may not worry about seemingly insignificant matters such as locking windows and doors or setting alarms.

Staying Safe While at Home

Unfortunately, crimes tend to spike during warmer months–there are often more property crimes committed during the summer, including thefts and break-ins. Because of this, it’s important to keep your guard up and properly secure your home and arm your alarm system each night. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep your doors and windows while you’re enjoying your back yard, as you never know if a bad-actor passing by might see an opportunity and seize upon it.

If you’re a big fan of grilling or backyard fires during the summer, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans each year look forward to the cookouts and grilling that go hand-in-hand with summer. Unfortunately, whenever there’s fire, there’s always at least some level of risk. In facet, July is the peak month for grill fires, closely followed by June and August. On average, there are over 10,000 home fires each year in the U.S. attributed to grills.

In 29% of home grilling structure fires, the grill had not been cleaned. In order to reduce the chances of damaging or destroying your home during a cookout, be sure to keep your grill clean. Additionally, keep a fire extinguisher near your grill, keep your grill a safe distance from the side of your home, and never leave your grill unattended.

Similar tips apply to backyard fire pits: make sure the pit is a safe distance away from your home and any other structures or trees on your property, keep a fire extinguisher nearby, don’t leave the pit unattended while you have a fire going, and be sure to properly care for the ashes when you’ve finished.

Protecting Your Home While on Vacation

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, it’s extra important to take some simple–yet effective–steps to help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of theft while away. If possible, try to make it seem as though you’re home while you’re away, by doing any (or all) of the following:

Set your lights on a timer (both inside and outside lights) to make it seem as though you’re home. There are simple timers you can use, or you can often incorporate light controls into your security system (as discussed below).

If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, ask/pay a neighbor to take care of your lawn to ensure it looks well-kept in your absence. If your lawn is generally maintained, a keen burglar’s eye may take notice if it becomes unkempt. If you receive magazines or newspapers that wind up on your lawn or porch on a regular basis, you may want to ask your neighbor to collect them as well if possible.

Request for your mail to be stopped until you return from your trip. This can usually be done online by filling out a quick form that should only take a few minutes to complete, and it’s well worth the minor hassle.

Don’t announce your vacation on social media. While an upcoming trip is exciting, letting everyone on the internet know you’re not going to be home for an extended period of time might not be the best idea. You probably don’t have much to worry about when it comes to your closer friends, but your casual acquaintances may be more inclined to take advantage of the situation (or tell someone who may). Instead, wait until after you’ve returned from your trip to post your pictures and share your excitement with others.

And of course, be sure you have a reliable alarm system guarding your home while you’re away. All of the above tips can help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of theft, but a good security system can help add an extra, powerful layer of protection. Even simple systems with door and window monitoring can be sufficient, though there are many options for improved security.

If you’re planning on getting away for the summer, be sure to consult with local security experts to install or upgrade your existing home security system if necessary, and to ensure that your home is properly protected while you’re away for extended periods of time.

If you’re in the East Texas area, contact 3D Security, Inc. to discuss your situation and security needs. We’ve helped homeowners and business owners across the region secure their homes and businesses for over 30 years, and we’d love to help bring you the security and peace of mind you deserve.