7 Home Security Tips from a Bay Area Security Company
Ah Summer—the time to relax, get away from it all, and the season for break-ins. As nefarious as that sounds, burglars love to take advantage of the vacation season to sneak into unoccupied homes and to profit from your getaway. Even the best neighborhood security patrol may need a little help, which is why we’ve compiled this list of summertime security tips.
Utilize Your Locks
Your locks are the first line of defense against unwanted and uninvited guests (we’re not talking in-laws either). Make sure to invest in some high-end door and window locks and arm them every time you leave. If you have questions about which locks to choose, consider calling a Palo Alto security company for tips and suggestions. There’s nothing like an expert opinion!
You Pay for an Alarm System—Use It!
An alarm system can be the difference between police intervention and searching for your antique jewelry at local pawn shops. Always activate your alarm system when leaving for any length of time. If you plan on being gone longer than a day, call the security company and share your plans—this adds another layer of protection.
Never Leave an Empty Driveway
Burglars are less likely to try and break into an occupied home. Have a neighbor or family friend park (and securely lock) their vehicle in your driveway while you’re away. This can be a great deterrent and give the illusion that someone’s home.
Better Yet—Leave Your Home Occupied
Consider taking tip three a little further, and actually hire or ask a friend to house sit while you’re gone. As long as the person in your home is trustworthy, this can act as a great additional security measure. When doing this, let the security company, local authorities, and concerned neighbors know. This prevents an embarrassing call to the Palo Alto alarm response team when the person has been there for a “suspicious” amount of time.
Make Mail Arrangements
Nothing says, “we’re not home and our house is vulnerable” like a stack of newspapers on the front porch or mail that bulges out of the mailbox. Make arrangements with the post office to hold your mail until you’re home, or have a neighbor grab it while you’re away. This can also prevent identity theft when a burglar sees your credit card statement as a free pass to run up fraudulent charges.
Lights Are On, But Nobody’s Home
Even if you’re unable to find someone to housesit, consider leaving a few lights on to give the appearance that the house is occupied. A few extra dollars on the utility bill is definitely worth it when it comes to keeping your home and possessions safe.
Wait Until After to Post Vacay Pics
Last, but not least, wait until after the vacation to post your pictures and experiences to social media. The last thing you want to do is announce to criminals perusing your family’s social page that you won’t be home for a week. Keep your plans to yourself and avoid advertising your home’s vulnerability.
Contacting a Bay Area Security Company Is Your Safest Bet!
The best way to ensure the safety of your home or business is to get in touch with a reputable security company. If you have questions about any of these topics contact us at Orion Security to find out more!