Home security is something you need to be mindful of all four seasons of the year in Canada, but there are some important things to take into consideration when dealing with the winter months.
When you consider that instances of home burglary and home accidents tend to climb during the winter season, you can see that there is a reason to be particularly vigilant during this time of year. So read on for tips on 5 ways you can secure your home this winter. Number 4 is a no-brainer!
- Keep Doors and Windows on Lockdown:
Doors and windows represent popular modes of entry for burglars, which means that you need to keep them locked. And don’t think that you only need to lock ground floor windows. You need to keep all of them locked if you don’t want a weak link in the home security chain. If necessary, think about upgrading your doors or bolstering the locks, and consider installing motion sensor alarms near the windows to deter criminals.
- Use Time-Switch Lights:
This is the sort of option that will make your home a less desirable target for thieves in the event that you’re out late. The lights will come on automatically so that thieves won’t have a cover of darkness to operate under.
- Keep the Exterior Tidy:
During the fall, make sure that you keep shrubbery well pruned so that thieves don’t have someplace to hide. And while you might have enjoyed eating out on the deck during the spring and summer, you should put away any outdoor furniture or equipment that won’t be needed during the winter. If it’s locked away in the garage or shed, it’s less likely to be stolen.
- Install a Home Security Alarm:
Probably the best thing you can do to protect your home this winter is to install a home security alarm system. It will ward off criminals and keep you, your family and your property safe.
- Use a Safe:
If you have valuables in your home, it might make sense to get a secure safe, one that is also fire resistant. Don’t leave your keepsakes and family heirlooms where thieves can easily access them. A sturdy safe will deter thieves, who would prefer to get in and out of your home quickly — if they are able to get in at all.
So there you have it: 5 tips that you can use to keep your home safe this winter. While these tips will help you year round, they will give you added protecting during the time of year when burglars are more prone to strike.