Summer season is right around the corner, which means it's time to clean your house. However, this is an excellent time to assess your home's security and do any necessary maintenance. Don't forget these essential tips to keep your home secure and safe from vulnerabilities when freshening your home this season.
Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required for any home to be safe, but many homeowners put them off until it's too late. According to the US Fire Administration, 3 out of 5 deaths in home fires occur in properties without working smoke alarms. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a severe problem that often goes undiscovered since it is a slow-moving process. Take a few minutes to inspect all of your detectors and replace the batteries if necessary while you're performing your house cleaning. It's a simple task that can save your life and your home.
Shrubs and lawns should be trimmed timely.
With the arrival of spring, overgrown plants and lawns return. If your grass has to be maintained, don't put it off any longer. Intruders are attracted to poorly maintained lawns because they create the impression that the residence is unattended. Not only that, but robbers love to hide behind long grass and shrubs. Trim any untidy hedges in front of your windows to improve visibility and allow you to keep a closer check on your property.
Fences and locks should be repaired.
Locks can become stiff and rusted over time, it is a good idea to double-check every lock in your house to ensure it's in good working order. If necessary, lubricate or replace the locks. Furthermore, the frozen ground might cause your fence to move or become more brittle, making it more vulnerable to shattering and providing an ideal entry point for burglars. Examine the perimeter of your home and, if necessary, repair any fencing.
Outdoor Lighting That Isn't Dirty
During rainy or snowy weather, dirt accumulation might cause light bulbs to appear dim. Don't forget to wipe out any exterior light bulbs while cleaning so they glow brightly when someone walks onto your home at night. The powerful lights will allow you to see who is outside while also scaring away any potential intruders. Make sure motion-activated lights are working properly as well.
Garages and sheds should be locked at all times.
While it's normal for homeowners to work in their garages or sheds, this can make your property a target for criminals. Passers-by will be able to see what important equipment you have, assess how quickly they may get access to your home, and may even slip in and hide when you are not looking. Even when you're nearby, secure your garage and shed doors to prevent these things from happening.
Plan Your Vacations Ahead of Time
Are you planning a spring break trip? Make arrangements to keep your home safe from intruders while you're abroad. Intruders are attracted to houses that appear uninhabited, as previously stated. A fully dark residence and overflowing mailboxes are two signs they search for. If you're going away for a while, ask your neighbors to check your mail for you and use timed lighting to make it appear as if you're still at home. Also, be cautious about what you publish on social media before and during your vacation. If the incorrect individual discovers that your home is unoccupied, they may take advantage of the situation.
Cameras should be inspected and maintained regularly.
Security cameras are critical since they are the first line of protection against attackers. As with smoke detectors, security camera maintenance is overlooked until its too late. They also serve as a record of events in case something goes wrong. It's a good idea to review security camera systems once a year when you're performing some summer cleaning. Check for loose cables, wipe the lenses clean, and adjust the angles of your cameras if necessary. Check out our entire maintenance inspection checklist for additional information.
Install a CCTV Surveillance System
The best defense against crime and intruders is a home security camera system. Security cameras prevent potential criminals and allow you to keep an eye on your property at all times of the day, even when you're not there. If someone were to trespass on your property, the cameras would alert you and you would be able to take prompt action. Even if the criminals succeed, you'll have a record of what happened, which can help with police investigations.
Our website is a great place to start if you don't already have a home security camera system.
After the cold and dismal conditions of winter have passed, the summer season represents a season of rejuvenation and a new beginning. Take advantage of this opportunity to not only clean but also to evaluate your home and make sure it's secure for the new year. Please contact us at iBuildsoft if you have any queries or concerns about security camera systems.
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