You may not be home much during the winter months. This is the time of year when people visit family members and take week-long vacations to get away from the cold. This is also a prime time for break-ins because robbers assume you have a lot of valuables stashed under the Christmas tree.
Before you put yourself at risk this holiday season, follow these winter home security tips.
Have The Snow Shoveled
If you’re going to be gone for a long stretch of time, pay someone to shovel your driveway and walkway while you’re away. This will show potential intruders that you are home, even if you are not. It will also make it easier for you to get into the house when you come back. There is nothing worse than getting home after a long flight and knowing you have to trek through snow to get in your house.
You may also consider having the driveway shoveled but not the walkway. This still implies that you are home because you can get inside through the garage. If you keep the snow on the walkway, you create a shield of ice that most intruders won’t want to mess with.
Set Timers On Your Lights
If you want to create the illusion of someone being in the house, set timers to have your lights go on and off at random times. If you have a home security system, you may have the option to control your lights remotely using a mobile app. If not, you can buy cheap plug-in timers for about $4-$5 each. Plug a lamp, TV or other electronic into the timer and set it to turn off and on. Do this in a few different rooms in the house that are visible from the outside.
Make Sure Your Windows And Doors Are Secure
Lock all windows and exterior doors in your home when you leave the house. Ideally, you should have security doors and windows on the lower levels of the property. These windows and doors are nearly impossible to break into, and they are designed to compliment the architecture of your home. If that is not an option for you though, make sure that all entry points are locked tight. Intruders will look for weak points around the home to find the easiest possible way to get in.
Install Motion Detection Lights
Motion detection lighting is affordable and easy to install. If the outside of your property is well lit, intruders will look for a house that is an easier target. Install motion lights throughout your property, and consider getting security cameras to go with them. If you cannot afford security cameras at this time, you can get dummy cameras that create the illusion of security. This is usually enough to scare robbers, especially if there are other obstacles they have to overcome.
To learn more about security doors and windows for your Michigan home, contact Iron Clad Security Doors.