Ahh, spring! It’s so close we can almost feel the warm rays of sunshine and smell the freshly cut grass and blooming flowers. As you put away the winter coats and think about opening storm doors and windows, now is the time to protect your home against spring dangers.
The emerging sunny season poses security issues for homeowners, who may be tempted to leave windows and doors open during warmer months. According to the FBI, home burglaries accounted for nearly 20 percent of all property crimes in 2015, and property crimes resulted in estimated losses of more than $14 billion.
Protect what matters most to you and your family with these home security tips for spring.
Who doesn’t enjoy a warm breeze wafting through a screen door when the cold weather finally lets up? Before going to bed or leaving your home, remember to close and lock those doors. Burglars gain access to homes through an unlocked door or window 40 percent of the time, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and more often than not, your family is sleeping right upstairs.
In addition to locking doors and regularly inspecting them for seals, gaps, and other repairs, you can keep your family safe and secure with a customized, wireless home security system from ASI. With this wireless, cellular-based app powered by Alarm.com, you’ll gain the convenience of locking doors, turning on lights and even answering the door with a simple tap on your phone.
Want to make sure your teenager arrived home by curfew or the pet sitter came when scheduled? Using door sensors and individual codes with the Alarm.com app, you can know exactly when they arrive. Or if you prefer receiving less alerts on your phone or tablet, set it to receive only the no-show alerts.
Be sure to check the garage door, too. Criminal experts say the garage door is one of the first points of entry for many burglars. A smart home security system powered by Alarm.com connects your entire home, including the garage. So, if you’re lying in bed and suddenly realize you forgot to close the garage door when you got home, simply push the button on your phone and it’s closed.
Most garage doors need to be serviced at least annually to make sure components like rollers, hinges or springs are in good working order. Also, keep a deadbolt on any exterior door to the garage, as well as the one that leads from the garage into your house. Or for a more convenient keyless entry, consider adding the access control feature to your smart home security system. It also allows you to arm or disarm all locks in your home from any device. Got a contractor scheduled for home improvement? Give him access from any location, and get on with your busy day!
Just like doors, windows provide an easy in for burglars, especially when you leave them open while sleeping or away from home. Check every window in your home, including basement, and decorative windows, for locks that stay securely in place. Check screens for large gaps or tears.
Keep windows covered with quality blinds and curtains, and consider planting a defensive barrier of thorny shrubs, like bougainvillea, blackberry or yucca, to thwart would-be burglars. Be sure to regularly trim any decorative shrubbery in front of windows so thieves have nowhere to hide.
Window contacts with motion-triggered sensors, like those available from ASI, alert your phone, tablet or computer whenever a window opens. Glassbreak detectors applied to your windows or mounted anywhere in the room (up to 30 feet away) can also send an immediate notification when the glass is broken in a window.
Outdoor Security Cameras
Ever wish you could keep an eye on your home 24/7? When it comes to protecting your family from harm, of course, you do.
While DIY outdoor security cameras and motion-sensitive lights may provide some sense of security, they won’t do you any good if you’re not at home to monitor them. A smart home security system from ASI not only alerts you to any unusual activity but connects to a monitoring station, where trained security professionals work 24/7 to dispatch law enforcement or firefighters to your home in an emergency.
At ASI, we believe installing a home security system keeps your family protected year round. With spring just around the corner, let us show you how to do it with ease.