Most homeowners think that burglaries only occur in the hot summer months. Although open windows and people traveling more can make it easier for burglars to break in, it’s important to remember that criminals don’t take an off season. Robbers know that many people take advantage of holiday sales to purchase things like new TVs or get expensive things like electronics and jewelry as gifts. As January rolls around and homeowners return to work and children go back to school, the daytime hours an easier time to break into a home and help themselves to all your new valuables.
Upgrade Your Windows
An important way to add security to a home is by investing in vinyl replacement windows. Burglars are always looking for an easy way to enter a home to steal valuables and single-pane windows in worn out, wooden frames are an easy target because they’re much easier to get in through.
While sturdier windows make it more difficult to break into a home, you should still take other security measures. One of the most important things you can do is make sure your windows have sturdy locks and don’t forget about the locks on sliding doors leading out to patios. You can also make it more difficult for thieves to see inside by closing window blinds or curtains.
Keep Snow Cleared Away from a Home’s Exterior
It’s easy to remember to keep the shrubs that are located outside a home’s windows trimmed in the summer, but it’s also easy to forget to make sure there are no hiding spots outside in the wintertime. If the area you live in gets lots of snow, there’s a good chance that deep piles of snow could form on the ground outside of your windows. Mountains of snow provide an excellent place for a burglar to hide behind while breaking in without being seen by nearby neighbors or people driving past.
Use a Security Alarm System If you live in an area with a high crime rate, then it is time to invest in a security alarm for your home. With an alarm system, you can have it set up to alert you through a cell phone when someone is entering your home. The device can also notify a security company or law officials about a break-in that is occurring. You can also set the alarm to make loud blasting noises that will alert neighbors about illegal activity. Don’t forget to use security devices on basement and garage windows because these are very common places where burglars try to enter.