Summer Vacation Home Security Tips

Summer is in full swing and families across the country are packing up and hitting the road (or the airports) for their summer vacations. While it’s easy for your thoughts to get lost in the your exciting summer plans, it’s important to remember that your home is especially vulnerable during the summer. It’s no coincidence that burglaries and thefts rise during the summer. But, don’t worry, there are a few home security tips that you can secure your home while you’re gone.

1. Timers

Invest in a series of timers for your home. This allows you to have lights turn on and off when you’re not around, providing the illusion of movement and habitation. But remember, this is an illusion, and a trained burglar might be able to spot the pattern. While helpful, this should not be a standalone solution, and should be used in conjunction with other home security tactics.

2. Locks

DUH. That’s home security 101. Of course you know to lock your house. But also consider every possible point of entry. From the back door, to the garage door, to the windows. Before you leave for you trip, you should inspect each of them. Not only lock each of them, even the hard to reach windows, but also be on the lookout for any possible weaknesses (loose door handles, a door that doesn’t close just right, windows that don’t go all the way down, etc.). A thorough inspection of your home’s entryways can go a long way to securing your property.

3. Turn the Mail (and Paper) Off

Visit your local post office to put your mail service on hold while you’re away. A stuffed mailbox is a dead giveaway that your home is uninhabited. The same goes for a driveway full of newspapers. If you’re wary about pausing your service, you could always ask a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail and newspaper for you. Secure your home by keeping your driveway and mailbox clear of clutter.

4. Have a Friend Pretend

Much like our 3rd suggestion, friend and neighbors can also help secure your home. By having them visit, even for a few minutes, can ward away potential burglars. If you’re especially concerned, ask someone to house sit your place. But if you do, be sure to reward them for their time!

5. Invest in a Security System

The simplest way to secure your home is through a home security system. With motion sensors and perimeter detection, our 24 hour service protects your home in the event of a break-in. Should someone attempt to enter your home, while you’re not around (or especially if you ARE around), we’ll notify the authorities immediately. We also offer remote monitoring, so you can check-in on your home with your smart phone.

Sentry Security’s one of the largest independent Chicago home security companies. We have decades of experience protection homes. If you’re interested in learning if Sentry Security is right for you, check out our Q and A or visit our website to find out more!

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