Summer time is a hugely enjoyable time of year and people like to relax and take it easy. If the temperature rises, it can be difficult to be as focused on some aspects as you would be at other times of year, but it is important to be aware that your home may be at risk in the summer. Whether you are a homeowner, a tenant or a landlord, keeping homes secure in summer should be important and at Link Up, we have security tips for you.
The most common entry point for a break-in or burglary is through your doors and windows. You should examine these points of your home, making sure they are as robust as possible. Adding extra locks or removing any accessories that many compromise the security of doors and windows is a smart idea. Given that many crimes are opportunistic as opposed to carefully planned crimes, making sure you minimise the opportunities that arise through your doors and windows makes sense.
Do you leave your windows open at night?
You should also be aware of Home Office statistics that indicate 56% of burglaries take place in the evening. If you are in the habit of leaving windows open at night to facilitate cool air throughout the house, make sure that you don’t put yourself, your loved ones or your possessions at risk. If you are going to leave windows open, try to do so in parts of your home that are not visible from the street or where entry from the outside will be difficult.
If you have the funds available, you should consider installing a home security system. For many people, the most important aspect of the system is the deterrent it provides to burglars. As stated, most burglaries are opportunistic, but the presence of a home alarm will deter many burglars, who will decide that it is not worth the risk of breaking into a property that is alarmed.
A home alarm system is a fantastic deterrent
Some people have attached a home security box to the outside of their home without having an alarm system set up. In this regard, the presence of the box may provide you with all the help you need to deter criminals but obviously if you have the means, a real alarm system provides more benefits. If the alarm is tripped, the accompanying noise may startle the burglar, and this could lead to them fleeing your home. There are also alarm systems which automatically inform the police or a security company, and this provides great comfort to homeowners, particularly when they are away from home.
In the summer months, many people go on holiday and the property may be empty for periods. You should be careful about the information you share on social media. It can be fun to make your friends jealous as you share beach photos, poolside images and details of your sightseeing expeditions but these posts inform people that you are not at home.
If a burglar sees this information and knows where you stay, they may decide it is worth the risk to break into your home. Reviewing your social media privacy settings is a clever idea and you should look to share these posts only with trusted friends, if at all.
At Link Up, we know that summer is a fun time of year and we want you to enjoy yourselves. However, we also want to ensure your property is safe and well protected at this time of year, so hopefully these security tips will be of benefit.