(5) Fall Home Security Tips
STAY SAFE WITH THESE 5 FALL HOME SECURITY TIPS
As the days become shorter and we start looking forward to upcoming fall and winter holidays, it’s important to turn your thoughts to home and personal security. Autumn kicks off the busiest time of the year for many homeowners and families, and it’s easy to let safety and security fall to the wayside. To help you maintain your home’s security, we’ve put together this list of fall home security tips. Keep reading to check them out!
LIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME
Since the days are getting shorter, it’s starting to get dark earlier. Burglars tend to strike under the cover of darkness, so they take advantage of shorter days. Adding extra lighting around your home can increase your home security. Ensure that you have ample lighting indoors and out, and use programmable lights when you are away. If you already use programmable lights, make sure they are scheduled to turn on earlier than in the summer months.
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS LOCKED
Most home invasions occur via unlocked doors and windows. If you’ve been enjoying the fresh fall breeze, always remember to close the door or window and lock it prior to leaving or going to bed for the night. Stress this important home security tip to your kids as well.
KEEP TOOLS PUT AWAY
Whether you’re raking the lawn or cleaning leaves from your gutters, remember to put your tools away when you’re finished. In addition to preventing them from being stolen, properly storing your tools means they can’t be used by criminals. A ladder left outside provides easy access your home’s upper levels. Rakes and hammers make excellent tools for breaking windows. Secure your tools to avoid disaster.
BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is an amazing tool for staying in touch, but your posts could provide too much information to the wrong people. If you plan on traveling this fall, don’t post your plans or any photos until you’re back home. Set your accounts to private to limit who sees your posts.
Avoid sharing posts that disclose your child’s name and what school they attend. Kidnappers can use this information to abduct children. Stick to sharing personal details privately and only with trusted friends and family members.
AVOID DOOR TO DOORS SALESPEOPLE
You probably tell your kids not to open the door for strangers, but you likely open it as soon as someone knocks. While you may feel that answering the door is polite, doing so is providing a complete stranger with the ability to enter your home. Don’t open the door for door to door salespeople or anyone else you don’t know.
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