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Summer Home Security Tips: How Homeowners can secure their house to prevent burglary

ESP Security urges Homeowners to secure house before going on holiday to prevent burglary

As we head towards July, many people will be planning their summer breaks and homeowners are advised to make security part of those plans. While July and August are the most popular months for people taking trips, it is also a busy time for burglars.

People who break into houses are aware homes will be left unattended for long periods of time over the summer and seek to capitalise on this. Homeowners should secure their homes when going on holiday for several important reasons:

Burglary prevention: Vacant homes are attractive targets for burglars. Securing your home minimises the risk of break-ins and theft. Taking preventive measures, such as locking doors and windows, installing home security systems, and using timers for lights and electronics  will give the impression that someone is present, deterring potential intruders.

Protecting valuable possessions: Your home likely contains valuable items such as electronics, jewelry, and important documents. Securing your home helps safeguard these possessions from theft or damage. Storing valuable items in a safe or off-site location can provide an additional layer of protection.

Insurance requirements: Many homeowners’ insurance policies require certain security measures to be in place to provide coverage while the home is vacant. Failing to secure your home properly could lead to a denial of insurance claims related to theft or damage.

Peace of mind: Knowing that your home is secure allows you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about the safety of your property. It allows you to fully relax and make the most of your time away. 

To secure your home effectively while on holiday, consider the following measures:

a. Lock all doors and windows securely, including gates and garage doors.
b. Install a reliable security system, including alarms, motion sensors, and surveillance cameras.
c. Set up timers for lights, TVs, or radios to create the illusion of activity.
d. Inform a trusted neighbour or family member about your absence, asking them to keep an eye on your property and collect any mail or packages.
e. Arrange for lawn care services to maintain the appearance that someone is home.
f. Avoid announcing your holiday plans on social media to prevent potential burglars from targeting your home.
g. Consider using smart home technology that allows you to remotely monitor and control your home’s security features. Contact ESP Security learn more
h. Close blinds or curtains to prevent outsiders from peering into your home.

Almost a quarter of summertime burglaries involves a person entering through an unsecured access point. Before you leave, it is vital all possible access points are closed and locked. Most burglars are opportunists and will select the easiest target they find so it is vital your actions do not assist them in any way.

Any keys should be kept away from windows and letterboxes and, of course, your house alarm should be set.

Security does not stop with the home, as Garda figures show the theft of tools, equipment, and bicycles increase by one-third during the summer months. An unlocked garden shed or unsecured bicycle are easy targets for a burglar.

Anyone who is feeling anxious about their home security can contact Brian and his team today. We cater to homes and businesses across Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Louth and Wicklow.

Remember, it’s important to tailor your security measures to your specific circumstances and seek advice from the Gardai and security professionals such as ESP Securit for additional recommendations.

Contact ESP Security today for more information and a quote

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