Statistics show that burglaries peak in summer. Long days and moonlit nights mean more of us are taking time to travel. But whether you’re planning a day trip or a month-long extravaganza, have you thought about the security of your empty house while you’re away?
Organizing your next weekend at the cabin doesn’t have to involve worry about a break-in back home. Give yourself peace of mind wherever you are by taking a few proactive steps to protect your home today.
Step 1: A smart home is a secure home
Law enforcement agencies agree that one of the best ways to protect a home is with a security system. Something as simple as an Iris yard sign can be enough to deter a potential thief. Closing and locking all doors (including dead bolts) and setting an alarm dramatically decreases burglary odds.
Smart home technology is creating greater innovation in home security, with systems like Iris by Lowe’s allowing homeowners to create a do-it-yourself, tailored system that’s not only convenient but effective. Our affordable system features more than 100 compatible devices, including cameras, motion sensors, smart locks, smoke alarms and more.
For an even more secure home, Iris now offers professional monitoring for under $15 a month. This new service gives homeowners the ability to have emergency responders dispatched to their homes in the event of a security, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarm, with no long-term contract required. You can rest easy while you’re away knowing someone will respond quickly to any home emergency.
Step 2: Avoid signs that show your home is vacant
An empty home is an easy target for break-ins. It can be pretty obvious when homeowners are away, especially if they’ve been gone for a while. But these simple steps mixed with our effective technology, you can give your house a “lived-in” feel, even when you’re miles away.
- Stop your mail and newspaper delivery when traveling, or ask a neighbor to gather these items for you so they don’t accumulate on your property.
- Have someone tidy your yard and water plants so everything appears tended to.
- Use your Iris smart home system to set lights to turn on and off throughout the day.
- You may even ask a neighbor to periodically park in your driveway to give the impression people are coming and going.
Keep in mind social media has become a rich resource for criminals. Keep profile security settings to private and never post photos or other messages on social media about your vacation while still away. Travel posts are like news alerts that your home is empty. It’s best to wait until you return before sharing those precious images with friends and family.
Step 3: Rid your property of hiding spots and easy points of entry
Homes with lots of overgrowth and natural coverage provide hiding spots that make break-ins simpler. That means now is the time to trim bushes, hedges and trees, especially around entrance points to your home.
Next, look for the most vulnerable areas of your house; for example, the garage door may be easier to open than you think. Consider integrating a smart garage controller to keep tabs on whether yours is opened or closed from your smartphone.
Windows are another common way for burglars to enter a home. Hot summer months often mean cracked windows, so double check all are closed and locked. A smart home system like Iris allows you to check on this remotely and get notified if a window is opened or broken. If you have a window air conditioning unit, you may want to install window frame locks to prevent a criminal from pushing out the unit and entering the home.
Summer should be a time of relaxation instead of worry. Utilize these tips to get smart about home security, so you can actually enjoy that vacation.
Visit www.MyIrisSecurity.com or your local Lowe’s or to learn more about installing Iris in your home today.