Did you know that home burglaries peak in the summer months? Unfortunately, as the weather warms up and we spend more time outdoors or jet off on vacation, the risk of theft increases. The good news is, there are several ways to protect your home while you’re away. If you’ve recently purchased a home or are in the market for a quick possession home in Airdrie, here are some ways you can protect your investment and prevent a break-in.
Install a security system
Modern home security systems are sophisticated technology that let you keep an eye on your property from anywhere in the world. To deter intruders, make your security system obvious. Install cameras around your home that can be accessed on your mobile device and place security signs on all doors and windows (although sharing the type of security system is not recommended). If you’re leaving for an extended period of time, be sure to alert your home security company beforehand.
Before purchasing a security system, it’s important to know that a burglar alarm is not the same as a security system. While an alarm includes sensors on your doors and windows, a security system involves your entire home – including the fire alarm, carbon monoxide detector, and can even detect flooding. The size of your home’s security system and optional features depend on your needs and preferences. Another advantage of installing a home security system is that many of them will continue to operate and protect your home during a power outage.
Consider smart technology features
Along with a security system, consider smart technology home automation. There are many ways that smart technology can help enhance the security features of your home. Some examples include:
- A doorbell with a built-in camera, speaker, and two-way communication
- A device that alerts you when the garage door is open/closed
- Lights that run on a timer
- Door lock keypad with remote access and alerts
- Door and window sensors that alert your mobile device
A well-lit home is often a deterrent for burglars. Install motion-sensor lights outdoors on your property, such as the backdoor, windows hidden in corners, and patio doors. Most can be programmed to switch on at night and are solar-powered to save energy. Of course, aside from enhancing security, outdoor lights can be a great addition that creates an ambience and illuminate your beautiful new home.
While these smart home features do not come standard in our Quick Possession homes in Airdrie, Cochrane or Chestermere they can in most cases be easily added after possession. Alternately, if you are purchasing a pre-sale home, make sure you discuss these items with the electrician at your electrical walkthrough.
Don’t forget about the Garage!
Many of our Airdrie quick possession homes come with either an attached or unattached garage and can act as the main entry point into your home or yard; so they should be just as secure as your home while you are sleeping or away.
For added protection, consider installing a feature on your garage door opener that allows you to access it remotely and alerts you if there is any suspicious activity. In addition, if you do park your vehicle outside on the street, it is recommended that you hide/lock your remote garage starter in the glove box overnight and/or while you are away. Stealing remote starters from vehicles is unfortunately how many burglars gain access into garages/homes, and if you have an attached garage you should ensure the inner door (from your garage into the home) is kept locked at all times for this reason.
Lock up your valuable items
Lock up your most treasured items and important documents in a safe. This includes anything that thieves can use to steal your identity, such as financial information, personal identification, passports, licenses, and social insurance cards. Take inventory of your most valuable possessions to help you identify if they’ve been tampered with while you were away. It is also a good idea to keep photographs and receipts/appraisals of your most valuable items (or anything of value really) for insurance purposes just in case.
Have a friend or family member check in
Last but certainly not least, if you’re gone for an extended period, have a trusted family member or friend check in on your home from time to time. Taking these extra precautions will give you peace of mind while you’re away so you can continue to enjoy your beautiful new quick possession home in Airdrie or any other community without the stress of dealing with a break-in!