With the summer months quickly approaching, families across the United States are already planning their vacations. Where to go, where to stay and what to do are questions homeowners ask themselves when planning their summer vacation.
Making sure their home is absolutely safe from burglaries, however, is usually the last thing on their minds when preparing to leave their home for an extended period of time. The sad truth is, according to statistics, a burglary happens once every 15 seconds.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be part of the numbers if you follow these tips compiled by an expert locksmith, you will reduce the chance of experiencing a break in.
Secure the Windows
Every window in your home should be secured with locking hardware that functions properly. Any window with a lock not working is an open invitation for a burglar. With that said, some windows may not have a lock and instead use a removable pin, which prevents the criminal from having to even force the window open. No matter what type of window your home has, make sure they are closed and locked before leaving on your vacation.
Secure the Front and Back Doors
A deadbolt that features a removable thumb turn or a double cylinder is best on doors with windows. These types of deadbolts prevent the burglar from simply breaking the window and sticking their arm through and unlocking it. If, however, your door doesn’t have glass, have a locksmith install a deadbolt that it at least 1-inch to help prevent drilling or lock picking.
Secure Garage Doors
More importantly, since garage doors can be opened with radio signals, it is hard to properly secure them. Instead, worry more about securing all entrances into the home. This means to deadbolt the door that goes from the garage into your home.
Make sure to do all these steps before you begin packing for a vacation. Of course, you can always seek help from a locksmith to help you along the way.