People everywhere will be excited to move out into the sunlight as stay-at-home orders and state mandates begin to change. This year’s summer might not be totally back to normal. However, we anticipate that people will continue to spend more time away from home during the summer months.
When we “spring forward” at Daylight Savings Time, crime also increases. When the temperature outside increases, we take more vacations, become busier, and simply stay out longer. According to a report conducted by the United States Department of Justice, home burglary rates rise during the summer months.
Some spring-cleaning activities will improve the security of your home. For some people, spring cleaning is the only time of year that they thoroughly clean and declutter their whole house. This is when we discuss the places that are often overlooked, which includes moving furniture and inspecting doors and windows. It’s a good time to look for security flaws or areas where a burglar may try to break in.
Security alarm systems, like everything else in your house, need routine maintenance. If you have a smart home protection system, you’ve probably found that it does a lot of thinking for you. It is easy to adopt a “set it and forget it” mentality. However, a little upkeep and routine check-ins go a long way – and important dates like Daylight Savings Time and the start of spring are perfect reminders.
Make home protection a part of your spring-cleaning routine to ensure a cleaner, more stable spring and summer.
Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Early smoke detection is critical for preventing home fire damage, so make all fire and carbon monoxide detection devices a top priority! Every spring cleaning session should include a test of your smoke and CO detectors, as well as the replacement of any batteries that may be needed.
Before replacing the batteries in your systems, make sure your protection security system is disarmed whether you have a professionally controlled fire alarm system or monitored CO detection, which is highly suggested.
Other battery-operated wireless protection devices, such as door contacts and control panels, are possible. Check to see which devices have batteries and how often they should be replaced.
Perform a spot-check of your home’s security indoors.
Check for how sturdy your doors and windows are when you are cleaning them. Consider the age and condition of your front door, locks, windows, and any sliding glass doors you have. Are there any loose screws or seals that need to be replaced? Is their defense good enough to withstand a forcible entry, or do they need reinforcements?
If you’re going to put an air conditioner in the window this time of year, make sure it’s safe and protected and not an invitation to intruders.
Look for sensors if you have tracked home security. Make sure you don’t bump a sensor and knock if off a door or window while you’re moving stuff around.
User codes for smart door locks should be updated- Do a short inventory of working codes if you have a keyless smart lock on the front door. Schedules change with the seasons, so make sure you’ve factored in any required adjustments.
Many smart locks allow you to assign temporary codes, so keep that in mind. You can also build a cod that only runs on certain days and times of the week.
Protect your home from water damage- In several parts of the country, the arrival of warmer weather signals the start of the rainy season. Cleaning your gutters and roof, sealing your foundation, and patching any holes in your windows, doors, ceilings, and walls are all things you can do to protect your home from flooding and water damage.
Consider installing a water sensor if your neighborhood is susceptible to flooding. It can detect leaks and save you money by preventing costly water damage.
Exterior home security spot check
It’s crucial to consider how your home appears to a potential intruder. During your spring cleaning, scan your home for any potential security flaws. Examine the perimeter from the perspective of a thief.
Check your yard, porch, and even the walkways behind your house. Are their shrubs overgrown, making it possible for intruders to hide? Is it possible to see the front door clearly from the street? Are there any dim, difficult-to-see areas where outdoor security cameras or motion-activated lighting will be more effective?
Examine the surveillance cameras on your property’s exterior- Make sure your surveillance cameras are in good working order if you already have them. Winter can be tough on outdoor surveillance devices, so make sure your video fee hasn’t been interrupted by snow, ice, or freezing temperatures.
Think of getting a smart garage door opener- When the weather is good, your garage will probably be open a lot more. It’s much more likely that you will fail to close it. Find a smart garage door opener if you use the garage to enter and exit. You can close it from anywhere, including your smartphone, and you will get notifications if you forget.