Did you know the busy summer months are primetime for thieves and burglars? A good alarm system gives homeowners peace of mind, especially while they are out or away on vacation. But the best alarm system in the world won’t work if it’s not turned on.
In a recent Consumer Reports survey, 43 percent of people who have an alarm system said they at least occasionally don’t turn it on when they’re not at home. Nineteen percent said they occasionally leave doors at home unlocked when they’re out. Twenty-six percent said they occasionally leave windows unlocked when they’re not at home.
Aside from turning on your alarm system and locking your doors and windows, there are other things you can do to keep your house safe.
• Close your garage door: In addition to providing access to everything in the garage, the door most likely leads to an interior door and access to your house. That interior door probably isn’t as strong as an exterior door. And once a burglar’s in your garage, the neighbors can’t see him.
• Trim your shrubs: Tall hedges and fences hide windows and doors, giving thieves cover to work.
• Don’t advertise you are on vacation: People often don’t do anything to make the house look occupied. One trick is to put some inexpensive kids’ toys on the lawn. On Facebook, share news of your trip only after you return.
• Take care with house keys: Leaving keys under the doormat or elsewhere outside the home is a risk that 12 percent of people surveyed said they often take. Another seven percent say they do it occasionally. And 66 percent say they have given a key to someone other than a resident of their home.