Fall is a beautiful time in the year where the weather starts to get colder, the leaves start to change color, the days get a little darker, and you can finally bring out your favorite seasonal scarves. However, Fall can be a very dangerous time for household break-ins, as it is one of the seasons when a burglary would most likely occur. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure that your family does not become a victim of a burglary during the Fall.
1. LESS DAYLIGHT, SO KEEP YOUR HOME LIT
The time frame when burglaries occur the most is from 10am to 3pm, when most of us are at work or at school. With the daylight shortening, your home will be less illuminated when you’re still working your 9 to 5; therefore, try to light up your house as much as possible during the afternoon. Install some motion sensing exterior lights or buy a home security camera that could turn on your indoor lights using its home automation feature so you don’t have to be at home to flip the switch. Don’t give the burglars the opportunity to roam around your neighborhood in the dark.
2. KEEP YOUR YARD CLEAN
During this time of the year, your yards are probably filled with leaves, dead branches, rakes, and compost bins that are overflowing. It can be a pain keeping up with your Fall cleaning; however, a dirty yard is like luring a burglar to your home. When a burglar sees a house that is not groomed, some of them will assume that the house has been vacant because of a family vacation. Some burglars may target a house with a dirty yard because there are more places to hide and it is less noticeable on the street. Make sure you are grooming your yard; you don’t want them to take advantage of a messy yard.
3. FEWER PEOPLE OUTSIDE, SO INSTALL AN OUTDOOR MONITORING SYSTEM
In the Summer, you will probably see more people walking their dogs, cutting their grass, or washing their cars. However, with the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter, fewer people will be inclined to go outside. Usually, wandering eyes were a deterrent for burglars, but with fewer people outside, you will want to install some type of outdoor monitoring system. Get an outdoor security camera or wireless video doorbell; just make sure that you have a second pair of eyes in your front yard.
4. WATCH WHAT YOU POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
One of the great joys of social media is that we can tell the world what we are doing at any moment. However, over publicizing what we do can be very dangerous, as we do not know who could be reading them. Remember not to post that you are out of the house or how long you will be gone for, especially with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming around. A burglar could follow your updates and potentially target your home next.
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