As the temperatures begin to rise and you get more excited about the warmer seasons ahead, it’s a good idea to remain vigilant with the security of your home. The warmer weather that spring and summer bring will tempt you to keep your windows open while you are away at work. You might also be the type who likes to post all of your spring and summer activities that you will be enjoying away from home on social media for all to read. These are two very bad ideas when it comes to home security because you are opening yourself up to potential theft.
Natural State Insurance Group, your insurance company in Arkansas, offers you a few tips on home security.
Get a Safety Deposit Box
One of the easiest and safest ways to protect your valuables is to rent a safety deposit box at your bank. Safety deposit boxes are great for expensive jewelry that you don’t wear often, important paperwork that you cannot lose and even your social security card. This way, even if your home is burglarized, they won’t get away with your most prized and expensive items.
Install a Security System
Even if you already have a security system installed in your home, you might want to have it updated if it is an older system. There are many types of security systems on the market that do not require invasive installation, it’s something that you can actually do yourself.
Many new security systems can be controlled by a smartphone, which will give you peace of mind when checking on your home while you are away.
It is a good idea to have outdoor lights installed around your home as they are a good way to fend off burglars. If you are away at night, buy timers for the lights and set them to go on and off randomly so it appears someone is home.
Stay Off Facebook
No, you don’t have to stay off Facebook and other social media platforms all of the time, just make sure you are smart about what you post. Don’t post about the week-long out-of-state vacation you are planning to have or post pictures in real time of your vacation. All it takes is for wandering eyes to pick up on the fact that you are far away from home and the time is ripe for a burglary.
Also, it’s not a good idea to post a picture of the very expensive diamond necklace that your husband bought you for your anniversary. In fact, don’t post about any expensive items that you buy.
Know Your Neighbors
It’s a good idea to get to know your neighbors and make a pact to help each other out keeping an eye out for suspicious activity. If anyone notices when something is out of the ordinary, they can text the neighbor to see if everything is alright or call the authorities.
Keep Windows and Doors Locked
Statistics show that many burglars quite simply slip into a home through an unlocked door or window. Don’t make their job any easier. Even if you plan on only being gone for an hour at most, go ahead and lock everything up before you leave. We know this can be an inconvenience, but it could pay off huge if it thwarts a burglary.
Make sure that you are able to see who is at the front door before you open it. You also want to avoid having valuable items placed in areas where they can be seen by people who are outside. For example, don’t keep your expensive Rolex watch on the table by the front window, it could prove to be too much of a temptation should it be seen.
Landscape with a Purpose
Walk around your property and look for places that somebody could hide. For example, you might have an overgrown bush on the side of the house that could be cover for a thief. Once you have pinpointed these hiding areas, eliminate them by keeping bushes trimmed and overgrown areas cleared away.
And if you have any questions about homeowners insurance or renters insurance, contact Natural State Insurance Group today.