Now that summer is in full swing, here are some tips we’ve shared before about Summer Security.
If there is a downside to summer, it’s that homes are more at risk of being burglarized than any other time of year. Enjoying the warm, fresh air, family members can become lax about leaving doors, windows and blinds open. What’s more, summer is when families like to get away. So, think like a burglar. This means looking objectively at your home and trying to find a way in. Ladder left outside? Put it away. Shrubs to hide behind or trees to climb giving access to upstairs? Burglars who target windows for entry often look for one with overgrown shrubs near it so that they can hide from neighbors. Vents? Dog doors? Get creative – and sneaky! And remember: burglars do cut phone lines, which is why cellular monitoring can be a good option.
Light it up. The last thing a burglar wants is to be seen. Exterior lights are a great deterrent to intruders, who focus on the rear and sides of your home – today’s better alarm systems let you control and schedule your lights remotely, to make it look like you’re home.
Add Home Security to Your ‘Carry On’ Baggage. Whether you’re traveling for business, vacationing with the family or just away from home, controlling your security system is incredibly simple with home security mobile apps. Many home security systems now allow you to use your iPhone, Blackberry, Android or other mobile device to monitor activity and control your system while on the go. You can even watch live or recorded video footage from multiple security cameras directly on your cell phone with video monitoring that’s integrated with your home security system.
Save on Utilities. Home automation is not necessarily a security item, but this last tip can save you a lot of money. Energy management is all the rage these days, and controlling your thermostats remotely is now an inexpensive and easy option. That means you can change temperature settings, cooling schedules, and other aspects of your home energy management – all with the same mobile apps mentioned above. These benefits can more than pay for your monthly alarm service. This is one of the fastest growing areas in home security, although not all alarm companies offer it.
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