Don't let your home become a target this summer. This time of the year, when you're away on holiday or off at the beach enjoying time with your families, it gives burglars a prime opportunity to gain access to your home.
While you're out enjoying the summer make sure your doors and windows are locked and your alarm is set. And remember your home is 3 times more secure when monitored by HomeSecure.
Security may not be top of your mind, when you wake up, see the sun shining and rush off to the beach, but we have five quick and easy security tips to help better protect your home this summer.
HomeSecure's Top Five Summer Home Security Tips
5) Never Leave Door & Windows Unlocked
80% of break-ins occur through your front door, back door and back window. In the summer months, we like to air our homes when the sun comes out and it actually gets too hot and stuffy. However, remember that an open window or door is a main entry point for a burglar, so always lock your doors and windows when you're not at home.
4) Lock Your Ladders Away In A Secure Garage
Burglars don't really carry ladders, but they'll happily use yours to gain access to upstairs windows. Homeowners often have ladders out in the summer when they're cutting the hedges, emptying their gutters etc. By simply storing your ladder in a locked garage or shed, it could save your home against an intrusion.
3) Move Your Keys Away From Your Letter Box
Burglars will always look for easy access to your home, to get in and out as quickly as possible. They may look into your letter box to see are keys close-by. If you leave keys near your door, you run the risk of getting them 'fished' out by an intruder. Always make sure your house or car keys aren't visible or easy to access from a front or back door.
2) Never Leave A Spare Key Under A Mat, Flower Pot or Garden Stone
It's something we've all been guilty of in the past. As family members are out enjoying late nights at festivals, beer gardens and last minute plans, it's easy to text home ask someone to leave a key out but when you do this, you might as well leave the door wide open. Burglars will go from home to home searching under welcome mats and flower pots for a key, because you have to remember they want to make their job as easy as possible. You can store your keys in the HomeSecure KeySafe for the ultimate protection.
1) Secure your Home With A Monitored Alarm
If you're a HomeSecure.ie customer, then you already have this one covered, but please remember to always set your alarm, especially when you leave the house; even if you are just popping out to the shops. We recently surveyed our customers and a staggering 21% said they regularly forget to set their alarm. Ensure your house gets the protection it deserves.
If you haven't secured your home yet and you're interested in a home alarm system, call 1800911740 for more information on how our monitoring work and our latest offers.