Here are some simple safety refreshers to review before the season begins.
Travel / Vacations - people often travel during the summer months and leave their homes unattended. Don’t post your whereabouts or vacation plans on social media. People have become more connected via online communities and criminals have also taken advantage of the availability of information. Many look at neighborhood social media sites looking for people to victimize. Don’t post or share your plans, photos, etc. This just broadcasts where you live and when you’ll be away from home and for how long. Arm your Security system and be sure that your security signs are viewable to deter would be intruders or burglars. Have a relative or neighbor do a check on your home while you are gone. Better yet, install lighting control modules that can be accessed and changed up through your phone security app while you are away from home.
Outdoor projects and entertaining at home – Don’t let your guard down and leave yourself open to being the victim of a burglar. Be careful not to leave a ladder (and/or tools) accessible near the home. Hammers and other tools can aid criminals in their break-in attempts. Most thieves don’t want to look conspicuous by carrying around tools and equipment, so they depend on unsuspecting homeowners to provide them an easy target.
Also, be sure not to leave valuables outside, this can tip off criminals that you have valuables around which could encourage them to attempt a home break-in.
Keep your landscape and bushes trimmed so that criminals can’t hide from view, especially near doors and windows. Criminals are less likely to attempt a break-in if they feel like they’d be spotted easily.
Keep your home well lite inside and outside, as a lack of lighting provides criminals with a hiding place. Low cost options such as solar-powered or motion-activated units can be affordable alternatives to timers.