As the temperatures rise and summer sets in, homeowners are trying to keep their homes cool, are getting ready for vacation, or even just getting ready to spend a day out adventuring. 

Unfortunately, it’s during these times that home thieves are most likely to strike. Empty houses and relaxed security measures can make easy targets for opportunistic burglars. Follow these steps to help prevent and protect against a potential robbery at your home.  

Maintain the Illusion of Occupancy

One of the most effective ways to deter potential burglars is to create the appearance that your home is still occupied. Use timers to turn on lights, radios, or TVs at different times throughout the day, simulating a lived-in atmosphere. If you are taking an extended holiday, have a neighbor collect your mail or arrange for the post office to hold it. If you have an extra car, consider parking it in your driveway instead of the garage while you are on vacation.  

Secure Doors and Windows

Before leaving your home, ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked. Reinforce entry points with deadbolt locks and consider upgrading to smart locks that provide remote contro capabilities. Reinforcing windows with laminated glass or window security film can also discourage break-ins. Remember to remove any spare keys from their hiding places outside and keep them in a secure location inside your home. 

Install a Home Security System

Investing in a comprehensive home security system is an excellent proactive measure to protect your home. Modern systems offer features such as surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and alarm systems that can alert you and the authorities of any unauthorized entry. Display visible signage indicating the presence of a security system, as this alone can deter potential intruders. It also gets you a discount on your home insurance! 

Lighting and Landscaping  

A well-lit property can significantly decrease the chances of a burglary. Install outdoor motion sensor lights around the perimeter of your home, especially near entry points. Adequate lighting can discourage burglars by making them feel exposed and easily visible.  

Neighborhood Watch and Community Engagement

Joining or establishing a neighborhood watch program can enhance the security of your community. Connect with neighbors to keep an eye on each other’s homes and reporting suspicious activities can significantly deter thieves. Attending community meetings or engaging with local law enforcement can provide valuable insights on crime prevention and security measures. 

By taking steps to ensure your home is secure while you are on vacation, or out for the day, you can save yourself a whole lot of headaches! In the unfortunate event that you are the victim of a home theft, contact your insurance provider immediately, and they will support you through the claims process.  

Interested in adding an extra layer of protection? Contact one of our experienced brokers today to learn how your home insurance policy provides you with an added layer of theft protection. 


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