Spring is here, and after a long New York winter, we’re all pleased for it’s arrival. Long Island had it’s share of cold and snow this winter, and I know I am looking forward to putting that behind us for awhile. With the arrival of spring comes warmer temperatures, outdoor activities, and an urge to get outside and enjoy the weather.
Maybe you’re going away for spring break or a weekend escape, or maybe you’re just going for an evening stroll in that extra hour of daylight we recently gained. Either way, it’s important to think about your home’s security. We’re all looking to get out and enjoy all springtime has to offer, and unfortunately, criminals are aware of that. Studies show that home invasions are at their highest rate in the warmer months, with July and August being peak; frigid February is the least popular time for this sort of crime.
How can you protect your home, your property and your loved ones? Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that your home is less likely to be a target if it looks like it will be difficult to get into.
First and foremost, don’t leave easy access. Lock your doors when you’re out, when you’re home, and overnight. Feel free to leave a screen door open for a nice breeze, but lock it so that you’ll hear if someone is attempting to get through.
Use your locks, but also check your locks. Make sure your door locks are visible and sturdy, and can’t be disabled with a kick. If you’re concerned, most home improvement stores carry heavy duty 4-screw strike plates that are secured more firmly to the doorframe than their 2-screw counterparts.
Sliding glass patio doors can be a target for break ins, as many are secured only with a plastic latch, Consider investing in a secondary blocking devices to secure these doors, especially for overnight or when you’re out of town.
Are your outdoor lights on motion sensors? The last thing a burglar wants is to be sneaking up to a house and suddenly be in the spotlight. Odds are good that the only thing turning on your motion sensor lights are you bringing out your garbage cans and a curious raccoon, but they can be a powerful deterrent to someone looking to make trouble.
Speaking of lights, if you’re going away for an extended period of time, don’t just leave the lights on. No cars in the driveway and lights on for days can be a dead giveaway that no one’s home. Buy a simple timer to set your living room lamp to instead, setting it to go on in the evening when people would typically be home.
Be smart, and be aware. While we can’t always avoid trouble, making your home an unattractive target can be a good start to protecting it from potential burglaries. Now lock up and go enjoy springtime!
Frank Failla is a Long Island realtor serving much of Long Island. To learn more about Frank or exciting Long Island properties, visit online at frankfaillahomesli.com.