Summer is the right time for family reunions, camping trips and epic vacations. Unfortunately, the season also brings with it a greater risk of home burglary.
According to a 2016 Statista study, the rate of home robberies has seen a consistent rise during the summertime, nearly as much as 10%, compared to the rest of the year.
Here are a few precautions you can take to make sure your home is safe and secure during the summer months.
Keep vacation plans under wraps
Going on vacation and not posting about it on social media is hard. Talk about an understatement. After all, what’s the point of enjoying an enviable vacation if you don’t get to show it off, right?
But the very real downside to posting your upcoming summer plans online or sharing your travel pictures in real-time is that it draws attention to your residence as a potential target for home burglary. Typically, criminals look for a home that’s temporarily unoccupied and when you let Facebook know you’ll be in Europe for the rest of the summer, you’ve just done half of their work for them.
Instead, try posting vacation pictures and updates after you’ve already returned. This way, you’ll be home before anyone knows you’ve left.
Buy home security equipment from a licensed professional
Criminals are well aware that home security is a bigger issue during the summer and try to prey on the good sense of consumers looking to upgrade their systems by using door-to-door and phone scams.
AARP warned homeowners to watch out for door-to-door visitors claiming to be security system salespeople or technicians coming to install upgrades.
This ploy is commonly used to goad homeowners into paying for a “new contract” and sharing personal financial information – scenarios that could lead to long-term losses for those unlucky enough to fall victim to the scam.
Be sure to vet home security companies and professionals before making any type of payment. Doing just a bit of research can ensure that you don’t end up working with an untrustworthy resource or paying money towards non-existent services.
Deploy DIY technology for extra protection
You can enjoy some extra peace of mind by going above and beyond the solutions installed by your security company. A bit of creativity and targeted investments in DIY technology allows you to reinforce the defenses set up by the professionals.
For example, if you’re worried about the safety of your vehicle while in the driveway, consider placing a motion detector on the front seat of your car. A thief won’t be able to move the device without alerting you to their presence, thus acting as a reliable deterrent.
You can also make a few cosmetic adjustments around the home to decrease your chances of being targeted. Try adding some additional lighting and cutting down extra shrubbery around the perimeter so the areas outside your home are visible from the street. Inside your home, take precautions by hiding valuable items in unexpected places and clearing out the areas that every thief checks first.
Minimize other potential security threats
The high temperatures of summer make structural fires more likely to occur, especially in arid environments where kindling is plentiful. Modern home security systems are typically designed with fire and carbon monoxide detection in mind, allowing homeowners to account for multiple safety risks at once. Your home security investment will also include third-party monitoring to ensure that when an alarm does sound, there’s always someone listening and waiting to respond.
Originally published 06/09/15. Last updated 08/20/19.