The weather conditions during the summer season encourage homeowners to naturally become a bit lackadaisical with their home security. Opening doors and windows for that summer breeze and causally straying over to neighbors houses, all the while, leaving their home at risk for a break-in. Homeowners can protect summer fun, personal possessions and family members with several easy security precautions.
Summer home safety checklist:
Summer security: In warmer months, we tend to see a spike in property crimes. Take the time to prepare for summer security and avoid the mess of a break-in.
Summertime maintenance for your home: Basic home maintenance can act as a natural deterrent to burglars. Performing basic tasks such as lawn maintenance can help remove hiding spots for a would-be intruder.
Summer safety for kids and home: Summertime is a favorite for kids because they often get a lengthy break from school. However, this means you will have the added responsibility of making sure your kids are protected at home. Take the time to prep for summer safety for kids.
About 1.4 million burglaries occurred in 2017, and more than two in three break-ins were of residential properties, according to FBI data.
Cove, a home security firm, surveyed nearly 1,000 people who have experienced a break-in at least once to learn more about how burglars entered the home and what they wished they had done in hindsight to better protect their property.
Home invasions aren’t always random. Studies show that many break-ins are committed by a person who lives within two miles of the property.
A broken window tended to be the most common point of entry for a burglar. The following chart breaks down how burglars most often gained access to a home.
How Burglars Most Often Enter a Home
“Research conducted with convicted home invaders shows burglars typically avoid breaking into homes they consider more complicated,” researchers note. “While an active alarm system is likely to deter a break-in, so are big dogs that might be considered aggressive or likely to defend the home.”