We’ve all been enjoying the warmer weather in the UK lately, and as summer gets into full swing it’s likely that it won’t be the last of the sunshine we see. Of course, the good weather has many of us in high spirits and enjoying time out of the house, so it’s more important now than ever to ensure your home is safe and secure. Unfortunately, not everyone will be out enjoying the sun – opportunist thieves and burglars are still a risk during the long summer days, so it’s important to be vigilant around this time of year. Here are our top 4 home security risks to watch out for during the summer.
Going On Holiday
Due to the school holidays happening during the end of July and the whole of August, many families will be taking off for a week or two to enjoy some much needed time away from the norm. Of course, many thieves will be clued up about this and may target specific homes. Be aware of what you throw away in the run up to your holiday – summer clothing packaging and receipts for traveller’s cheques or foreign money can easily be used to piece together clues about when you’ll be away. It may be worth giving a trusted friend or neighbour your spare key so that they can collect post and draw your curtains regularly, making it look as if someone is at home. If you’d like additional peace of mind, take a look at our great range of Yale home security alarms and accessories – the SmartPhone Kit will notify you if your alarm is set off while you’re away and will even send you a picture (or a short video if you upgrade to the PIR Video Camera) of what has triggered the alarm.
Enjoying The Sunshine
During the summer months it’s likely that there’ll be plenty to do outdoors. Your local authority may be putting on local shows or festivals, the weather is better for evening walks and adventures, and if you live near the coast then time spent on the beach is a must in the balmy temperatures. While all this is a brilliant way to enjoy the outdoors, you must also consider how secure your home is while you’re out of the house. Make sure that you have security lights fitted above your front and back doors to minimise the risk of a sneaky forced entry. Cutting down very high hedges can also help with this. Speak to your neighbours to get them to keep any eye out if you are going away for the full day.
BBQs and Sunbathing
Staying at home to enjoy the sunshine is something that most of us do, particularly if we have some nice outdoor space to use. Paddling pool parties, BBQs and lounging in the sun with friends are great ways to make the most of the sun without leaving the house, but it’s important to think of security when you’re out enjoying the nice weather. If everyone in the home is in the garden then you should ensure that your front door and windows (and your garage, if this is at the front of the house) are closed and locked. There have been reports of thieves entering homes and taking items whilst the occupants are in their own gardens, so be vigilant about this.
Watch Out For Social Media
Most of us use social media to keep in touch with family and friends and to keep them all updated on our lives. As a social tool, websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram work really well, but they can give thieves clues as to when you’ll be out of the home and more importantly, when you’re expected to be home. Where possible, keep your social media accounts private and only let trusted friends and family members see posts which could give away your plans.