Prepare Your Home for Your Summer Vacation
As you’re getting ready for your summer vacation, it’s also important to prepare the home you’ll be leaving behind. There are plenty of things you can do to protect your home against break ins. Here are a few suggestions for where to start.
Check Your Doors
Believe it or not, most burglars enter through unlocked exterior doors. One of the easiest ways to prevent a break in is to keep your doors locked at all times. You may also want to consider replacing hollow exterior doors with heavier ones, which are much harder to force open.
Of course, your doors are only as strong as their locks. Be sure they have grade one or two deadbolts that penetrate the door frame. Sliding glass doors can also provide an easy access point for burglars, and they’re especially common down here in the South. To fortify your sliding doors, place an adjustable safety bar in the door’s interior track.
Protect Your Windows
Make sure the locks are functioning on all your windows, especially the ones that are accessible from ground level. At the same time, it doesn’t hurt to make sure you can open them in case there is a fire or another emergency that requires immediate evacuation.
Working locks alone can’t stop burglars from penetrating your glass windows, but luckily there’s a product that can help. 3M offers multi-layered safety and security window films, which can slow down intruders by up to two minutes. Even if your windows break due to impact, these films hold together the glass, reducing the chances of glass-related injuries and giving the police time to arrive on the scene.
3M’s tear-resistant films, as well as window alarms, can also help scare off opportunistic robbers who were expecting an easy score.
Light It Up
Motion-sensing outdoor lights are also a way to protect your home. Make sure to place one near each potential point of entry.
You can also take a page out of Home Alone‘s textbook and kick it up a notch when you’re traveling by installing a timer to turn on your interior lights, or even your television, in the evening. This make it looks like you’re home even if you’re really thousands of miles away.
Think Like a Burglar
Every year, more than two million robberies are reported to the police, but the truth is that many of them were preventable. One of the easiest ways to protect your home is by taking away the tools that make it easier for burglars to break in.
Walk around your home’s exterior looking for anything that might help a robber get in. For example, don’t leave ladders outside if they could be used to access second-story windows. Stop hiding a spare key by the back door, but rather leave it with a trusted neighbor or in a lock box. Make sure your AC is properly secured if you’re using a window unit. These little changes can add up to a lot of protection.