Summer is the perfect season for road trips, family vacations, barbecues, and other getaways with friends and families. With so many things planned, we are rarely in our homes. Unfortunately, this is the reason summer is the peak season for home burglaries. A home burglary happens every 15 seconds in the US, 62% of which happen between 9am-3pm. Most communities see a 10-19% increase in home break in rates during the months of July and August. Keep your home safe this summer with these tips to prevent summer burglary.
Home Tips to Prevent Summer Burglary
1. Make it Look Like You’re Home
Having lights on a timer, especially by the front door, getting your mail held, and having a neighbor take care of your yard are all good ways to keep your house off a burglar’s radar. Dead giveaways that you are away make your house seem like an easy target. If possible, keep a car in the driveway, even if it is a friend’s.
2. Know Your Neighbors
Inform trusted neighbors that you will be away and have them keep an eye on your home for any suspicious behavior. Trim shrubs and bushes to make it easy for them to see your home and alert you of anything unusual. Be sure to give them your contact information, should they need to get in touch with you.
3. Don’t Share on Social Media
In our digital world, we like to post about what we’re doing and where we are for our friends to see, but this can make your home a target. Posting pictures of your family at the beach or tagging your location at a restaurant out of state might seem harmless, but it shows that you are away. Save your social media posting until after the vacation and never post when you are leaving or how long you will be away.
4. Perform a Walkthrough Before You Leave
It may seem obvious to lock all your doors or windows before you embark on a vacation or road trip, but with the worry of packing and stress of scheduling a vacation it can often be overlooked. A majority of burglars gain access through the front door, whether it is unlocked or kicked in. Be sure to have a grade 1 deadbolt with screws that extend beyond the door jamb (3 inches is a good length). Check all doors and windows before you leave to ensure there are no easy entrances.
5. Security Systems
A security system is the number one way to deter burglars from targeting your home. The signage and decals are just as important as the system itself. These will inform the robber that your house is protected and they’re likely to move to a less risky target. It is also a good idea to have a camera by your door, should anyone suspicious visit your home.
Don’t let your summer memories get ruined by burglars. These tips will help you keep burglars at bay while you enjoy your time away from home this summer. For more ways to protect your home and your belongings, call 724-929-2300. You can speak with our insurance experts, who will get you the best coverage for your needs at the best price possible.