Keep Your Home Safe during Summer Travels
It’s summer, which means the kids are off from school and the weather is gorgeous. You scroll through travel websites in search of the perfect family destination, and then you find it –Yellowstone National Park. You are going the whole hundred yards, renting an RV, and making stops at the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City along the way to make this a summer trip the family will never forget. Everything is all set – the RV rental is booked, the route has been planned and mapped out, and your time off request has been approved by work. It seems like the only thing left to do is pack your bags – but what about your house?
Is your home and valuable within it secured? Are you worried about potential break ins or vandalism on the property? You might live in a safe neighborhood, but sometimes, bad things can still happen in good areas, to good people. Wherever you are traveling this summer, it’s a good idea to consider your home’s security before loading up the family in the car and heading out on the road.
Here are some “soft spots” to check before beginning your summer travels:
Windows can provide an entry point for thieves to get into your home. Before heading out on your trip, consider closing all of the blinds and drawing the drapes so that passersby cannot see into your home. If you have the budget for it, you can install sensors that will alert you if a window has been opened or glass has been broken. Making sure that your windows are all locked securely can also deter burglars who are looking for easy entry through an un-locked window.
If your garage door provides access to your home, you will definitely need to check how secure it is. Garage doors are often a major weak spot when it comes to home security. When leaving for an extended vacation, consider locking your garage door from the inside and possibly disconnecting your outdoor key pad if you have one. If your garage is attached to your home, also make sure that the connecting door is locked. An exterior door here is best, but if you have an interior-type door between your garage and home, consider adding extra locks to improve security.
Gardens & Landscaping
You may not realize it, but your beautiful landscaping and shrubbery can provide burglars with perfect places to hide while checking out your home. Large bushes or shrubs allow them to move about the property easily, without your neighbors or security cameras picking up any movement. If you can afford motion sensor lights, that would be a good investment, but simply pruning and trimming back your bushes can act as a similar deterrent.
Front, side and rear doors are all potential access points to your home. While the front door is often the most heavily secured door of your home, the side and back doors are the most commonly used by burglars trying to gain access. These entry points need to be secured, which means checking the door locks and ensuring that they are all in proper working condition. It also might be time to consider some upgrades to old, outdated locks.
It’s Not Too Late to Protect Your Home!
Hopefully, after reading this article you’ve merely confirmed that your home is completely safe and secure and you can return all of your focus to the exhilarating vacation that you will soon be on. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. There is no reason to worry, though – RBM Lock & Key can help! Call us at 909-980-3448 and we can send one of our expert locksmiths out to your home to check the status of your current locks and to recommend and install possible upgrades or fixes to your current ones. It’s not too late to protect your home from theft, and be put at ease while on vacation this summer. Let RBM Lock & Key help keep your home safe.