When the snow starts to fall, the ice starts to form and the temperature starts to dip, you’ll need to be even more diligent on the home security front.
The reason for this is that the weather and the elements will necessitate changes to the way you keep your family, your home and your property safe from criminals who are looking for homes to victimize.
So that you can get the tips you need to avoid becoming a victim, read on to learn how you can improve your home security for winter.
- Alarm System
This first recommendation should be obvious. Your first line of defense, after keeping your windows and doors locked when you’re not home, is to install a home security alarm that includes a monitoring option and outdoor cameras. That way, you will be able to keep on top of any activity inside and monitor what’s going on outside. Of course, you’ll need to ensure that snow and ice don’t obscure your outdoor video cameras.
- Away @ Home
Even if you’re away, you need to make it look as though someone’s at home. So you might want to get your neighbour or a trusted friend to pick up your mail, retrieve your newspaper or snowblow your driveway. It would also be a good idea to obtain a timer that can automatically switch certain lights on at different times throughout the day. If a criminal is looking for homes to target, you can reduce the risks of your home being chosen by giving your home a lived-in look.
During the cold weather season, it’ll get darker sooner than was the case during the spring and summer. What you don’t want to do is give thieves the cover of darkness that they thrive in. Install outdoor lights with motion detectors so that the lights automatically turn on if someone gets too close to your home.
While plants and shrubs can beautify your property, they can also provide convenient hiding places for criminals. So during the fall season, be sure to trim this vegetation so that criminals can’t use your plants and shrubs against you.
The winter season can be a bit more challenging when it comes to home security as a result of the snow and ice. However, with the right strategy, you can ensure that your home and its occupants are safe during the cold weather season.