Home security in the summer months

The summer months are almost upon us – can you believe how quickly this year has passed? I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to relaxing a bit before CENTURY 21 hits the ground running in 2011. 

It’s been my experience that the long, hot days of summer generally see people doing a couple of things.  Firstly, people take advantage of the weather and spend much more time outdoors when at home, whether it be entertaining, gardening or playing in the backyard with their children.  It is also common for doors and windows to be left open at all times of the day a lot more frequently.   Secondly, people often go on holidays, spending up to several weeks at a time away from home. 

It is for these reasons that summer tends to be a particularly attractive time for house break-ins.  Burglars are faced with many unoccupied homes, along with a fair amount of properties which are easily accessible. 

Having said this, there are definitely steps you can take to protect your property.

For the times when you are at home, remember to lock all of your windows and doors before leaving for the day and at night time when sleeping.  If you prefer to sleep with an open window to improve airflow, ensure that your window has a locking mechanism that allows it to be fixed at a certain height when open. 

It may be worthwhile to have all your locks checked – their effectiveness may be impeded if too old or faulty.  

Outdoor lighting is worth considering as a means for home protection.  Burglars are usually drawn to darker areas because this reduces their chances of being seen and caught.  Lighting in your outside areas will help to illuminate the access points to your property, reducing its attractiveness to a burglar. 

If going on holidays, take the time to advise a trusted neighbour of your absence.  They may be able to keep an eye on your property and take action if there is any unlawful activity.  It is also a good idea to have a neighbour collect your mail, avoiding a build-up in your letterbox. 

Timers on lights can be helpful in protecting your property.  The turning on of lights will help to create the illusion that you are at home, potentially deterring any burglars. 

Home security during summer does not have to be a difficult exercise.  In the end, vigilance and common sense will help to ensure that a burglar does not target your home.    

Posted by Charles Tarbey on 09/11/2010 at 12:27 PM | Categories: Around the house -

2 Comments

Janel Crisp

Janel Crisp wrote on 27/09/2011 9:51 PM

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Terry Dossantos

Terry Dossantos wrote on 18/12/2011 9:28 PM

I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed reading through your site. It is refreshing to find quality home security advice such as yours readily available for people.

I find it hard to believe that in these modern times that people overlook and take for granted the security of their homes!

Home security is a serious business people.. Ensure you are safe!

Once again great site, keep up the good work!

Terry

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